New York Mets

Mike Pelfrey Shouldn't Be in the Mets' Plans Going Foward

PHOENIX - JULY 19:  Starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey #34 of the New York Mets reacts in the dugout after being removed from the Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 19, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Chris MatcovichCorrespondent IJuly 31, 2010

After another sub-par outing against the D-Backs, the Mets should consider cutting ties after the season with Mike Pelfrey.  Yes, he had an amazing April and solid months of May and June, but he has been just awful in July.  His problem this year, and over his short career has been the streakiness.

At this point the Mets have to find players that are consistent.  They can't have players pitching Cy Young-caliber baseball one day, and the next day looking like they don't belong above Double-A (same can be said about their offense too). One of the Mets' biggest problems over the last four years is the team hasn't got pitchers to consistently pitch deep into games.  This has put a bad rapp on Jerry Manuel, who has had to overuse the bullpen to compensate.

Mike Pelfrey is just another New York Met that can't do his job consistently.  There is no room for a guy who has a 1.50 WHIP over the past two seasons, can't get ground balls with his sinker on a regular basis, and leaves the ball up in the zone with regularity.  The Mets need rubber arms and fly ball pitchers who take advantage of the huge dimensions at Citi Field. 

Although it's hard for a team to give up on a young (currently 26-year-old) pitcher, he just doesn't seem to fit the model of what the Mets need in pitchers.  That doesn't mean they shouldn't offer him arbitration this offseason, but he cannot and should not be penciled into the rotation until he proves he can be consistent.

So my advice to the Mets is dump Pelfrey.

You'll be better for it.


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