About last night: Concern about Pelfrey.

If a lost season is all about searching for answers the Mets are still asking questions when it comes to Mike Pelfrey, whose only consistent aspect of his game is running up his pitches to 100 by the fifth inning.

PELFREY: Giving up the long ball.

PELFREY: Giving up the long ball.

Last season, which began under pitching coach Rick Peterson and ended under Dan Warthen, Pelfrey showed breakout signs going 13-11 with a 3.72 ERA. He explained he was a fastball pitcher and became more aggressive in challenging hitters with that pitch and not fooling around with his secondary pitches when he needed an out. His pitches had enough movement to where a pitch down the middle could move to the corners.

Last night’s loss was just another in a long line of disappointing performances. He was consistently behind in the count, and as his habit, would let one inning get away from him. Given a walk, or an error, or a bad call, Pelfrey lets it stay with him and his concentration would wander. Big innings find him frequently.

All those balks are an indication of a lack of focus.

Pelfrey is 9-10 with a 5.03 ERA, and while it is possible to equal last season’s mark it wouldn’t be indicative of his year. In 150 1/3 innings, hitters are batting .288 against him and he has given up 233 baserunners. Sixth of them have been walks, compared to 64 all last year. Pelfrey gave up 86 runs this year; already he has allowed 91. He has pitched like a No. 5 starter.

PELFREY: Another early exit.

PELFREY: Another early exit.

Yet, there are times he seems untouchable. There are games when you start to think he’s turned the corner, but in the next one runs into a brick wall.

He does sound an awful like Oliver Perez.

We must remember, Pelfrey hasn’t taken the progressive road to the major leagues. He’s been force fed to a large degree and is learning on the job. There’s enough talent there to where the Mets shouldn’t give up on him. I was glad he wasn’t sent to Minnesota in the package for Johan Santana.

I don’t know to the degree having two pitching coaches has hampered his development, or if that’s a moot point. Pelfrey hasn’t gone off on his coaches.

At his present rate Pelfrey won’t come close to the 200 innings he threw last season. But, it has been largely due to ineffectiveness than injury.

As the Mets prepare for next season, Pelfrey is one of the few givens on the staff as in he’ll be back. However, the Mets need to see development in 2010. If not, he’ll go from a No. 2 to a No. 4 in a heartbeat, and not soon after that a No. 5 to just another flameout bust.

Pelfrey is young, but he’s also been around to where he knows he must show something soon.

9 thoughts on “About last night: Concern about Pelfrey.

  1. i agree.

    very inconsistent.

    at the end of the day changes in your coach is an excuse.

    does he have a mentor?

  2. The regression of Pelfrey is probably the biggest reason why this team to be in any kind of contention next year and the year after that needs to bring in a true #2. Right now, he’s no more than a #5. I’m still trying to figure out where his high 90’s FB went to. Maybe he should hook up with his college coach at Wichita and maybe see if he can straighten him out.

  3. Gee, Cole Hamels regressed a lot this year. Don’t hear a word about it. Maybe its because he has a manager and front office that doesn’t sell out its players to the press every night. Maybe because the pitching coach actually works with each pitcher and figures out how to make adjustments, maybe its because his status as a major league starter isn’t threateneed after each mediocre outing. Yeah, he’s been bad but what young player on this hepless team hasn’t regressed after the manager has gone ionto his nightly briefings selling him out publicly.

  4. Steve (2): He has to hook up with someone, because this isn’t working. It has been reported Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan will be available after this season. If so, the Mets need to be very aggressive.-JD

  5. (3) Harry I think you’re off base. I haven’t seen anyone try to “sell out” Pelfrey. His poor outings make the story because Pelfrey IS the story. We have no idea how or if Warthen works with him…i’m sure he doesn’t sit on the side and let him struggle.

  6. 5. Really Steve I think I am right on…… How about this from manager I love to dump on players to the press “We’ve got to find a way to unlock that because this is not what we anticipated as far as his progression,” Manuel said. “What I hope happens for these last couple starts is that we see a little better than what we have seen. Because if we don’t, we’ll begin to question the upcoming season.
    You’d never get a quote like that form the other Manuel. He’d say the guy is my man until the team made a move… Not the Mets… Beat on guys every chance they get.
    Have you heard Philly Manuel blasting Brad Lidge this year after 9 blown saves. No, can you imagine Jerry after 9 blown saves! LoL..

  7. (6) Harry: I guess i’ll have to disagree with you. I have no problem with Manuel saying that at all. Maybe it will light a fire underneath him. If he’s a professional ballplayer, in New York, Pelfrey has to be tough enough to withstand the criticism. As far as Manuel goes, I don’t pay much attention to what he says or doesn’t say about his players in the post game so I can’t comment on that aspect.

  8. Velocity, velocity, velocity, velocity, velocity, velocity, velocity, velocity!!!!!

    Didn’t they say he threw 97?

    That is the whole reason he was drafted so high. If he had only thrown 93 in college he would have been drafted in the 10th round.

    If he can get the 4mph back he’ll be the pitcher we thought he was going to be.