Coming into this season, I drank the Mike Pelfrey Kool-Aid. I may have even mixed a batch or two. I invested my hope in his ability as a solid No. 2 starter, and argued with the naysayers, that may it turns out, have been correct.
The right-hander has taken a step backward this season, and when you’re 6′7″, a step backward can be pretty big.
In his still young career, Pelfrey has yet to put together a dominant stretch, although he’s put together dominant games here and there. Last season, he won 13 games in 32 starts, with a respectable 3.72 ERA. It was a far cry from his first two years where he started 19 games and only won five with an ERA of 5.50.
Things seemed to be moving in the right direction.
Even at the beginning of this season, as Pelfrey started out at 4-1 in nine starts through May, things seemed to be going according to plan.
Since May however, Pelfrey is 6-9 with an ERA over 5, and last nights start was one of his worst to date.
With starting pitching a serious concern going into 2010, the question on my mind is, where will Pelfrey fit into the rotation next season?
My gut tells me that the Mets will wait Pelfrey out, hoping that he turns into the pitcher everyone thought he would be as he was coming up through the farm system. I don’t think that’s a bad idea, I just think it’s a bad idea to consider him your No. 2 starter if he’s still in a “developmental” stage.
We’re already waiting for the rest of the Mets starters, John Maine, Oliver Perez, and Jon Niese (hopefully) to develop. Having four of your five starting pitchers as question marks is no way to build a championship franchise. It’s time for the Mets to wake up and address this.
The Mets are spending too much money for them not to be building toward a championship. If they want to be a second tier team for a few years, they should cut payroll and let the fans know that’s what’s going to be. Sure it will be tough to take, but it’d be better than having a $100 million plus fourth-place team.
I know I know, the injuries...
The starting pitching is atrocious, and it needs to be fixed if this team will ever compete.