This should come as no surprise to most since Johan Santana wont be back until June from his surgery.
Adam Rubin of ESPN NY is reporting that Mike Pelfrey and the Mets have reached an agreement and thus avoided arbitration. Leaving the Mets only 2 more players arbitration eligable: Angel Pagan and R.A. Dickey.
As per Adam Rubin:
An organization source said the deal will pay Pelfrey $3.925 million during the upcoming season. He can earn $50,000 extra in performance bonuses.
Seems to me the $50k incentive comes out to about $1 per hand lick.
Interesting note is that across town the Yankees have agreed with Joba Chamberlain for $1.4 million. My how the mighty have fallen. When you consider they also agreed with Boone Logan for $1.2 that’s telling you something. Man did they ever mess that kid up.
The theme that SNY was pumping out in San Diego is that Mike Pelfrey is now an elite pitcher in the National League. I ask myself is this just another Mets propaganda machine invention. Yes, Pelf has been near lights out this season but can we see him do it consistently over a year before we mention him with names like Jimenez, Wainwright and Lincecum.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Pelf but with the exception of his dominating June-August of ’08, this is the first time we have seen him flat out dominate. We have seen him get the yips and almost ruin an entire season because of it. If Pelfrey can turn into a guy that we can rely on for 15-18 wins a season for the next ten years I’m all for it.
As I watch baseball, I still don’t have the same feeling as I do when I see a Lincecum or Halladay. Maybe part of it is the guy managing him and the pen behind him. I knew even though Pelf was sitting down Padre after Padre that he would not get a chance to complete his masterpiece. Maybe when I see a Jimenez or Josh Johnson pitch I know that their managers will not screw them over and go to an inconsistent pen when there ace is dealing.
Maybe if we, the Met fan, are given more opportunity to do things that aces do then we can start to call Pelfrey the ace that the media and the team are trying to pump him up to be.
Again, don’t get me wrong, I want him to succeed, I love this team and if he is an All-Star or even a Cy Young candidate it will only help the team. He certainly seems like an awesome down to earth guy. As a matter of fact, I think there is no one on this team I’d rather see succeed. I just cross my fingers and hold my breathe because I know the Mets have tried to sell us on things that didn’t exactly come to fruition before and I don’t want them to be wrong this time.
He has been able to control his fastball and place it wherever he wants it. This has been crucial as it’s enable him to get ahead in the counts and then throw his pitches to get strikeouts or bad contact. He’s been completely dominant looking to go 3-0 (the game is still in the 8th inning with the Mets looking to hold the 2-0 lead) with an ERA of 0.86. He seems to be doing well with regards to letting up walks, I’d still like to see less of them, but at least they don’t seem to be rattling him this year like they did in the past.
Big Pelf seems to be in to total control and I know we are all looking forward to much more of this from him!
Mike Pelfrey earned a lot of respect from me last night. Pelfrey, two days removed from shutting down the defending Wild Card Champions, ask manager Jerry Manuel into Saturday’s 20 inning victory over the defending Central Division Champion, St. Louis Cardinals. In doing so, Pelf shut the door on the Cards and picked up his first career save.
As a fan of a Major League Baseball Club, this is the exact player I want on my team. Pelfrey has his priorities in the right spot, he wants to win. Some other players on this team, sometimes have been questioned if they are here for stats, money etc., it is a breathe of fresh air to see someone like Pelf, man up and bring it home for the club.
I am hoping that this type of win can bring the team together, but also that other players can take from Mike’s example and put the team before anything else. These types of games, and examples can bring a team together and bring a winning attitude to the clubhouse. In my opinion, the kind of battle is just what the doctor ordered for this club.
It is also fair to note that the Cardinals are a team that many have picked to be National League Champions and the Mets have gone toe to toe for 29 innings so far. I know the results don’t really show a great improvement but I just feel that something is different this year and that we may take awhile to learn and get things together. I feel that we may just keep our heads above water early but a hot streak will come and a race for the playoffs is inevitable. Call me crazy just something I have felt over the past couple of games. All of this can happen, if the other 24 players in orange and blue take a lesson from Mike Pelfrey and put team before I.
What a difference a day makes. In what has to be one of the most refreshing games I can remember Mike Pelfrey took the mound and delivered a dominant performance shutting out the Rockies for 7 innings. It’s funny how you can take Pelf and stick him in that stadium and he looks like he was born to pitch there. His split finger fits in perfectly in that park and it’s a forgiving park for when Mike makes a mistake. With the similarities between the two fields we should really see the same at Citi.
He seemed to have great control today spotting his pitches on the corners and keeping the hitters off balance. He also tied a career high for strikeouts so you know he was on his game. Thank goodness for that too because even though they won 5-0 they should have had a lot more. The Mets continued to leave a million men on base, and finding new ways to squander potential big innings.
The gem of the game had to be early in the game when the Mets, leading 2-0, had men on first (Castillo) and second (Reyes). At the plate was David Wright. For some reason, and I can’t understand why exactly, Jerry Manuel put on the double steal. On the pitch both runnings broke – but Reyes for some reason stopped, but Castillo had his head down and keep charging. It was comedic. Here are the Mets threatening to break the game open and they give up their first out by stealing a base that’s already occupied. Why Jerry called the play in the first place is a question to me, and another instance of Jerry over-thinking and making ridiculous decisions. Your best batter is up at the plate, with no out, and your going to double steal? Makes no sense to me.
A few pitchers later, Reyes decides to try to steal third. Wright is still at bat and he is still the Mets best hitter. Reyes can easily score from second on a single, so why he felt this was necessary I do not now. Sure he could then be in position for a sac-fly but if this is how we are thinking then we have bigger problems.
So when David Wright then struck out it completed the amazing inning for the Mets. They started with 1st and 2nd with no outs, and managed to roll up 3 outs without putting the ball into play. This is a new feat even for the Mets. It’s just another example of idiotic play that ruins innings. In this case luckily it didn’t cost us the game, but it will over the course of a season.
It’s these bad, dumb, baseball plays that absolutely drive me up a wall. What exactly is being taught behind the scenes? These types of things are why it’s time for Jerry Manuel to be fired. It’s obvious he can not teach this team (maybe not his fault) and it’s obvious he has not had a good influence on the play of this team, so lets move on. Before it’s too late.
We did see some good stuff, like great hustle by Pagan that extended an inning that turned into a few runs. We saw good at bats by David Wright and Jason Bay in particular often showing some grit with 2 strikes.
None of it matter luckily as Big Pelf decided not today and got the Mets off the snide. It’s imperative that Pelfrey make strides this season and develop at least into a consistent pitcher that the Mets can count on. There is really no reason he shouldn’t given his stuff, it’s all between the ears for Pelf and lets hope he has it figured out, because personally I feel John Maine is a lost cause and will be shocked if he does anything productive for this team this season.
Lets hope this is the start of a string of some good results for the Mets. A little shot to their confidence would be a good thing. Lord help them if they stumble back into Citi Field at 4-8, or worse.
Eddie Vegas favorite Ollie Perez is taking the lead as the number two man on the staff. Okay, I know the first thing you are thinking? Eddie Vegas favorite? Are you crazy Vegas? Well, I can answer that question here. Okay, now what are you thinking second? Well, Eddie it’s spring training these games don’t mean anything, I mean Zack Greinke has a 30 ERA last spring. Yeah, I know that but the Mets are desperate this season especially when it comes to (insert clever nickname here) Pelf, Perez and Maine. Even though games do not count, they are working on different things I know that, but I think most importantly, they are working on gaining confidence and earning their teammates trust. It hasn’t even been close Perez is well in the lead in the race.
Perez has givenup 7 runs in 11 innings, but 4 of those were in the first two innings of his first start, so he was given up 3 in his last nine innings. Ill take a 3.00 ERA from Big Game this year. Pelf after getting bombed against last night has now given up 14 runs and 22 knocks in14 innings, and Maine should I even bring him up? Maine’s ERA is over 11 right now, that is if he is into it! I think this may just be the year when a lot of the Ollie haters can eat crow. When you see me this summer in my Ollie jersey you will be more likely to high five me then tease me.
I think they ultimate answer the Mets need to look at is not ignoring these spring numbers. Figgie, Misch, Niese and Nieve all have shown good things this spring. If Pelf or Maine need a look in triple A then send them there. Lets focus again on getting the best players on the field. Not put people on the field because they have promise, make a lot of money or they’ve shown promise 2 years ago. I think it will be a big mistake if the Mets do not give Figueroa a shot, his performance to close out last season and his spring numbers warrant a position on this team.