Of all the Mets last season, Mike Pelfrey was the biggest disappointment. To me, that also makes him the biggest issue for next season of those Mets on the current roster.
After a what many thought was a big step in 2008, Pelfrey took a step back last summer. He unraveled like a ball of yarn, unable to work his way out of trouble and finish off hitters and innings, never mind games. His moments of dominance were scarce. And, the old problem of not having command of his secondary pitches and being reliant on his fastball was a constant theme.
Maybe it was the wall many pitchers get the season after throwing a career high in innings. Then again, maybe it wasn’t and he’s a right-handed Oliver Perez. I have no faith in Perez; Pelfrey I haven’t given up on, yet.
However, with another season like 2009, the concept “bust” comes to mind. For a power pitcher, Pelfrey struck out only 107 hitters in 184.1 innings. Ideally, you’d like around a strikeout per inning if you’re a true power pitcher.
His ERA was 5.03, nearly a half run a game higher than in 2008. Hitters batted a hefty .289 against him and he averaged giving up a homer every ten innings. None of those numbers add up to being a dependable pitcher, much less an ace.
I don’t know who the Mets will acquire this winter. So, I have to assume the Mets will return with the same rotation that imploded last summer. John Maine and Perez are coming off surgery, so the expectations of them are low. The Mets need to first worry about their health instead of their performance.
Pelfrey is different. The assumption with him is he’s healthy. That being the case, with pitching their biggest void then Pelfrey is their biggest concern.