Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Pelf From The Pen: A Future Possibility?

Last night the Mets turned in yet another lack luster/no heart effort. Lefty Jon Niese pitched respectably in only allowing 3 runs in 6 innings, but the Mets offense, which was offensive, took the night off.

The lone Mets run came on a double by Ruben Tejada in the 4th inning in their 6-1 loss to the Padres at Petco Park.

The most notable occurrence in last night's game was a relief appearance by Mets
"Ace" Mike Pelfrey. Pelf showed he was as pitiful in the relief role as he is as a starter.

Big Pelf allowed two hits in 1/3 of an inning, yielding a run. He threw 8 pitches to three batters and struck out no one. Quite Pelfrey-esque.

Terry Collins says he put Pelfrey in to get some work since his last start was cut short by taking a line drive off his right elbow. Pelfrey is still expected to make his next start on Friday against the Brewers at home.

Although Collins doesn't want anything read into his decision to have Pelfrey relieve last night, one must wonder:
"is this Pelfrey's future role with the Mets?" Pelfrey's only other professional relief appearance was during the epic 20 inning Mets victory over the Cardinals April 17, 2010. Pelfrey has been terrible as a starter for over a year now, and he hasn't shown he has the mental make-up to pitch out of trouble, or to face adversity. Might this mean that Pelfrey's future is as a set-up man out of the pen where he pitches only an inning? His mental gaffe's and his lack of intestinal fortitude in pressure situations has certainly hurt the Mets. He was GIVEN the #1 starter role, and he has failed miserably. He didn't have to compete for that honor; it was handed to him on a platter, and he hasn't been able to live up to what has been expected of him.

Albeit Collins' move is supposed to be innocuous, it does make one ask: "Pelf From The Pen: A Future Possibility?"

CBS Sportsline

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