The New York Mets have a lot of good, young pitching in their system. The current rotation at the major league level has two of them already in it, Jon Niese and Dillon Gee.
The farm system has names like Matt Harvey, Jenrry Mejia and Zack Wheeler among the mix for the future. There is one name that is in the present, though, that Mets fan would rather do without. That name is Mike Pelfrey.
Pelfrey was drafted in 2006 and has posted some not-so-great numbers in his tenure so far. He has a 4.36 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP and a 49-51 record. In other words, he has been far from effective.
When Terry Collins took over as manager this past offseason, he proclaimed Pelfrey to be the "staff ace" in the absence of Johan Santana.
The pressure proved to be too great for the fragile psyche of the pitcher and has resulted in one of his worst seasons yet. He is 6-10 with a large 4.61 ERA. He has been on the losing end or no-decision end of too many games for this team this year. The Mets and their fans are beginning to tire of the ineffectiveness.
They have tried to help him fix his mechanics. They have helped him get a sports psychologist. They have done everything they can to help Pelfrey reach his potential. The only option that remains for the organization is to trade him. This seems to be the best option for both sides, in fact.
There are five essential reasons why.