METS CHAT ROOM: Game #137; Will we get the good Pelfrey today?



The enigma known as Mike Pelfrey will face the Chicago Cubs this afternoon in an attempt to avoid his third straight loss. At 9-10 with a 5.03 ERA – dare I say it? – Pelfrey has been no better than Oliver Perez in what was supposed to be a breakout year for him as the No. 2 starter.

Showing poise absent earlier in his career, and a better command of his secondary pitches, Pelfrey won 13 games last season. He might equal that this year, but it would be with a struggle because there’s been little consistency in his game despite his fastball.



“I would say when you see his stuff you still get excited, but there has to come a time of maturation or development where there has to be some consistently,” manager Jerry Manuel said. “We’re just not getting that from him. He is a product of being inconsistent. The inconsistently is a concern, the stuff is not. We feel very confident that what he has is good enough to compete, but we need to see it on a more consistent basis, and we’re not seeing that.”

Pelfrey is 5-3 with a 3.80 ERA in 14 home starts this season to give the Mets a sense of confidence this afternoon, but he’s been miserable since the All-Star break at 2-6 with a 6.10 ERA in nine starts. That includes giving up seven runs in four innings last Tuesday at Colorado.

The Mets have lost 10 of their last 14 games, and finishing .500 is not even a realistic possibility, even with the news they might get Carlos Beltran and John Maine back this season. Beltran could be ready for the Marlins series Tuesday at Citi Field and Maine, who pitched well in a rehab start yesterday at Port St. Lucie, could pitch Sunday in Philadelphia.

MAINE: Pitching for his future.

MAINE: Pitching for his future.

Maine needs to show something to be counted into the Mets’ plans for next season. If he busts out then exists the chance they might not tender him a contract for next year.

NOTEBOOK: Manuel said he doesn’t expect Gary Sheffield (back spasms) to return this season. … Cory Sullivan has homered in both games of this series. … Luis Castillo has four hits in the series.

Here’s the line-up for today’s game:

Angel Pagan, CF
Luis Castillo, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Cory Sullivan, LF
Brian Schneider, C
Anderson Hernandez, SS
Mike Pelfrey, RP

23 thoughts on “METS CHAT ROOM: Game #137; Will we get the good Pelfrey today?

  1. Bob Murphy sure was shorter than Lindsey Nelson or Ralph Kiner. Now if I could only get some Rheingold…

  2. Good Pelfrey today. Of course for a Mets pitcher any inning is a threat to lose it all.
    One of the mysteries of life is why Rheingold sponsored a “Little Old New York in 1904” at the World’s Fair in 1964-65. Never understood why that year was chosen. Rheingold wasn’t founded that year. During the season the Mets announcers would talk about the great events of 1964. Like no world series due to John McGraw. Or the 1904 election where Theodore Roosevelt beat Alton Parker-imagine a state judge getting a presidential nomination. But since number two vote getter at the convention was newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst, a state judge is experienced.

  3. Hi guys, nice to see you here; just thought I’d check in. Maybe I’m nuts, but watching this Pelfrey gem and Murphy’s beautiful HR on SNY with Gary, Ron and Ralph talking pitching and hitting and reminiscing about Ernie Harwell — well, it’s just been a bit of total bliss on a Sunday afternoon. Don’t get too many of those, so enjoy.

  4. BTW, John, I see you said yesterday, “f the Mets don’t bring in anybody, left field could come down between Pagan and Sullivan. Both add something. Pagan might be more athletic, but Sullivan has his head in the game more and plays better defense.”

    After seeing Pagan botch that play in center today, I’ll take Sullivan’s head in the game over Pagan’s “athleticism” any day.

  5. I don’t like this. I’d let Pelfrey hit and come out for the ninth. What do the Mets have to lose? Not a damn thing. You have to push guys to see what they can do, and this is a chance to push Pelfrey.-JD

  6. Most, if not all, closers are more comfortable starting an inning instead of coming in with men on base. In today’s game very often you have to use players in the role they are most comfortable in.

  7. Thirty saves for Rodriguez. The story of the season could be summarized by saying he should have had that many in July. … Rodriguez didn’t look good on the mound, or at the end of the game. He had a look that something was bothering him. But, that’s been speculated for months now.-JD

  8. 15. Isn’t it time he went on the DL? If he doesn’t have surgery until after the season (assuming that’s what he needs, which on this team is a pretty good bet) he might not be ready for next season.

  9. Jeff (18): There is no need for the DL anymore because they rosters can be expanded. But, maybe he should be examined to see what, if anything, is wrong with him. He’s not right.-JD

  10. John (19) DL or no DL, there’s something wrong. They even sent the trainer out in that last inning, but he waved everybody off. Yet a couple of his pitches bounced “near” the plate. Does this team not have the right to demand an examination?

  11. Ichiro just got his 2,000th basehit hit in mlb, the second fastest after Al Simmons to get it. Should we add not going after him when we had Agbayani, Payton and Perez as our outfielders to the many flubs of Wilpon and Phillips?