Mike Pelfrey was looking to bounce back from a rough first outing against the Miami Marlins today as he faced the St. Louis Cardinals in his second spring start. After allowing four runs on six hits in 2.2 innings, Mike struggled again.
4.1 IP, 6H, 4 ER, 2 HR,
That was Pelfrey’s line from today.
He clearly didn’t pitch well today (although two of those four runs came on homers, which of course, can be a little unpredictable). However, Mike did struggle with his sinker today. He couldn’t keep the ball down.
My major concern for Pelfrey this season is: will he pitch like Mike Pelfrey? If he does, the Mets are in trouble. But if he proves, finally, once and for all, that his magic from early 2010 is here to stay– the Mets will have a quality pitcher on their hands.
I don’t like to put much importance on spring games because pitchers have just got through their dead arm period and are still working to get ready for the season. Often times, they will have something that they need to work on going into a game, with the final score not really mattering. Let’s hope this is the case for Mike Pelfrey, as well as the Mets, who are 3-6-1 in Grapefruit League play.
Here are some notes from around camp:
- The Mets reportedly had interest in Nationals pitcher John Lannon, but passed because of his salary.
- The Mets lost today in Port St. Lucie to the Cardinals 7-1.
- The witness list for the Wilpon trial was released today. Fred Wilpon, Sandy Koufax, and Saul Katz are some of the interesting names on the list. The plaintiffs want Koufax barred from the trial, but he may end up testifying for his good ol’ pal Fred anyway.
- Ruben Tejada will not travel to Lakeland to play the Tigers on Wednesday. Tejada has been suffering from a groin strain.