April 26.10: Not your old Mike Pelfrey.

As the pitches mounted, and they did rather quickly last night, it was tempting to think, “well, he’s back to being the old Mike Pelfrey.”

The pitches added up to base runners – ten in all – but, other than the angst, not much else. Something strange happened: Pelfrey got a pop up to end one inning; double plays to end two more; and a couple of strikeouts also bailed him.

While one never wants your pitcher to get in trouble, the telling sign is the ability to escape and that’s what Pelfrey did last night. He didn’t just minimize damage, he avoided it all together. That’s something he didn’t do last season, or in spring training of this year for that matter.

Pelfrey is getting outs on his splitter, a secondary pitch he has been working on. There will be times this year when the pitch might flatten, but for now it is working and it is exciting to see his development.

Pelfrey has been on hot streaks before, but this one has a different feel. This one comes with the sense of maturity and progression to the next step. This one has the sense of his development into a pitcher, leaving the thrower behind.

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The Mets did a solid yesterday when they invited fans to move into whatever seats they wished. OK, you got to stay in them for a few innings, but still the gesture was nice. Also, the Mets announced anybody with yesterday’s game can exchange them for complimentary tickets to a game during the San Diego and Detroit series in June.

For more information, call 718.507.TIXX

Lousy weather all day today in Queens, but tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers is still on.

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Before we get all get carried away with Ike Davis, just think back to last night and how Tommy Hanson’s fall-off-the-table made him look foolish. Other pitchers will take notice and until Davis proves he can consistently hit the breaking ball, that’s all he’ll face.

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10 thoughts on “April 26.10: Not your old Mike Pelfrey.

  1. I have to mostly agree with your assessment. ;-)
    However, I think they need to forget the pitch count and when the pitcher is producing leave him in for at least 7.
    when he got the men on base. i said to my wife. a DP will get him out of this. and sure enough.
    If he can consistently manufacture that, then he wont be such a scary pitcher to watch and we shouldnt have the knee jerk reaction of take him out he’s gonna collapse!
    the pen is way over used. this needs to stop.

  2. “Before we get all get carried away with Ike Davis, just think back to last night and how Tommy Hanson’s fall-off-the-table made him look foolish. Other pitchers will take notice and until Davis proves he can consistently hit the breaking ball, that’s all he’ll face”

    OK Delcos… Can you name even 10 pitchers in the NL that throw a pitch with the break that Hanson has? How about 5?

  3. All fairness to Ike, Harry…that Hanson kid is pretty damn good. But I don’t think anyone is getting carried away with Ike, it’s just nice after last year and the beginning of this year to have a professional first baseman playing first.

  4. Harry: One of the nastiest curves I have ever seen….Pete Schourek…he was victim of some bad Met teams..had one great season for the Reds…but I think he was injured quite a bit. Anyway, his break was as good as Hanson’s.

  5. 3. I have to agree. I like a real first baseman please. Let’s face it. it hard having a power hitter that cant field on a very important base.
    oh wait they are all important ;-)

  6. 3. I was not being critical of Ike. I was being critical of Delcos.
    4. I don;t thuibk you;ve helpoed Delcos name all the 5 or 10 pitchers who are going to hook Davis like Davis by naming a retired guy…. lol
    5. Really…Thanks for the news… I’m sure nobody knew before 2:49 EDT that all positions were important. Phew… we all feel better now…

  7. (6) Sorry Harry, I thought the Davis commment was yours. Hey, how’s Jason Marquis doing???? lol

  8. 7. Ha Ha O: Baseball ends in Oct, not April right? If you’re going to blast poor Jason, and he certainly deserves it, then you need to tellus how all the FA pitchers are doing!

    I was quoting Delcos and trying to get him to define who could throw a hook as well as Hanson.

  9. (8) Harry: My pleasure. Here are the pitchers we were said to be “in” on:

    Joel Piniero 2 & 2 3.42 ERA 1.29 WHIP
    John Lackey 2 & 1 5.09 ERA 1.65 WHIP
    Randy Wolf 2 & 1 3.70 ERA 1.39 WHIP
    Jason Marquis 0 & 3 20.52 ERA 2.88 WHIP
    Todd Wellemeyer 0 & 3 8.16 ERA 1.88 WHIP

    If you can think of anyone else, let me know.

  10. Thanks O:

    Garland
    Sheets
    Wang Still rehabbing
    Washburn Still on the sidelines
    Livan Hernandez
    I’m sure there’s more… Winter was so long ago.