Mike Pelfrey Shoud Start with the Zs, Get More Ks, and Get Rid of Those BBs

Dan SiegelSenior Analyst IFebruary 17, 2008

The only BB this writer wants to hear about around New Orleans is King, BB King. 

That's because Mike Pelfrey should be starting off his 2008 regular season down there to increase his strikeout total, keep those double plays coming, and reduce those free passes. 

"Oh, but Mr. Siegel, Pelfrey has been down in AAA for parts of each of the last two seasons."

"Nonsense," Mr. Siegel replies.  Until Mr. Pelfrey shows los fanáticos de los Mets that he can dominate rosters full of 26th men and 20-year olds that are still learning to hit the breaking pitch, he has no business joining the rotation that includes Johan Santana and Pedro Martinez.

"Oh puhleeeaze.  Mike Pelfrey is sooooo much better than any of these minor leaguers he would be facing."

"Oh, really Mr. Astute-Anonymous-Debater?".  Not really, in fact.  Take a look at Pelfrey's numbers last year in New Orleans.  According to thebaseballcube.com, Pelfrey went 3-6 with a 4.01 ERA in 14 AAA starts in 2007.  He gave up a hit per inning (74), not bad, but also walked 26.  That counts for his best walks per nine innings ratio in any level AA or higher.  Combine these mediocre AAA numbers with the fact that in 2006 he posted a 5.48 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP in the majors and in 2007 similarly posted a 5.57 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP, Pelfrey has shown that he is clearly not major league material at this point in his career.

With the Mets farm system painfully thin (the way that Kate Moss is painfully thin), they better not take the chance of destroying one of the two top prospects they have left.  Let Mike start the year off in AAA and gain some confidence.  Let the Met fans hear how many double plays were turned in New Orleans when Ed Coleman gives his farm report on WFAN.  Let Flushing know that Mike has won four or five starts in a row, and then, and only then may they promote him after Pedro or El Duque needs to rest a pinkie, a hip flexor, a hangnail, or case of gout.  This of course after Tony Armas Jr. starts two games and compiles an 18.00 ERA in five innings of work, capped off with a grand slam hit by Phillies back-up catcher Chris Coste that knocks out a window on a 7 train car and hits a disgrunted commuter in the Blackberry.

Then, and only then, can Mike Pelfrey don his #34 pinstriped uniform and as well as a matching blue and orange mouthpiece.