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Thursday, July 06, 2006

I am still alive.

Really, I am. Despite some tremendous effort by my friend, I am still breathing. The Mets are the first National League team to 50 wins. The Mets are the first New York team to 50 wins. Mike Pelfrey's seven inning, two hit, one run, and eleven strikeout performance on Saturday inches him closer to big show. Deolis Guerra has been pitching frighteningly well lately. In his last five starts, he has a 1.37 ERA, 6.15 h/9, 0.34 hr/9, 6.84 k/9, and 2.86 k/bb. He had his longest outing with 6.1 innings in his last outing with a career high of six strikeouts. That came after his five inning, no hit performance outing the time before that. This kid has a seriously high ceiling. Hopefully normalcy returns soon so normal posting does.

30 Comments:

Blogger Paladin said...

Great numbers over that span, but only a high of 6.1 innings?!? I know the game has changed dramatically to the point where the pen is relied upon so much more as each season progresses, but only 6 innings? That's not too promising.

Man I hope Pelfry can do it in the Majors. This club desperately needs to have a young stud come out of the farm and be successful. Gotta have SOME youth infused into this rotation for cryin out loud!

10:32 AM

 
Blogger mr. met said...

Well, he just turned 17. He is on a pretty strict pitch count. Probably like 75 or 80 at this point. Petit was not allowed to throw deep into games until he was about 20. The game has changed, yes. But this has more to do with the fact he won't turn 18 until after the start of the 2007 season.

This rotation is looking older and older by the day though.

10:59 AM

 
Blogger Paladin said...

Ah. Was not aware of the fact that he was so very young. Makes alot of sense then. Good to know!

As for Petit, you know how he's doing over in Florida? LOL! I still follow Kazmir when I can. Watch his performances when ever possible. I guess that's the tormented Mets fan in me. ;o)

And boy oh boy is that rotation lookin old! Next year should be very interesting with everyone one year older. Not much available on the free agent market, and with the exception of Pelfry, I see nothing down in the minors that gets my motor running (at least from the standpoint of helping this club in the next 2 seasons).

1:14 PM

 
Blogger mr. met said...

Yeah, Deolis was signed with Fernando when they were 16, but could not play until they were 17. Dude was born in April of 1989 and is pitching pro-ball when there are some kids going into their senior year of high school. Pretty nuts really.

Ah, Petit. He's getting hammered, but he'll be good. Not great, but good. Really good deal for the Mets. I cannot say that enough. They sold high on a good prospect and got the beast they needed.

I follow Kazmir too. His first complete game 2 hitter in the bigs against Boston was serious. He owns that team.

Mets have to get Zito and have to hope Pelfrey is the real deal. Then Humber in 2008 hopefully if all goes well. I would hate for this team to fall short because of rotation oversights.

1:29 PM

 
Blogger Kenny said...

Tell your friend to chill out. We're lost without the updates.

Anyway, do you really think Pelfrey is going to be able to do it at the major league level? I guess I don't know enough about the guy. All I know is the Soler was supposed to be the man when he came up. I guess by "the man" that they meant a nibbler. I hate nibblers and I'm praying that Pelfrey doesn't do that.

1:32 PM

 
Blogger Paladin said...

I don't think Pelfry "nibbles" at anything! LOL! The guy throws heat, heat, and more heat! He has unbelieveable potential, but he really needs to learn another pitch. Kazmir was much more advanced at this stage of his pro career in my opinion. Funny. I just can't let that go. It's amazing just how much better this rotation would be just by having that one solid arm in there every 5 games. That's why I (and many Mets fans) am hanging that hat on Pelfry. I truly think it is imperative that he can make the grade as a solid ML starter. This club needs really needs it.

Soler on the other hand also has potential. But that's the thing with potential. It very rarely translates into actual production. His biggest problem is that he can not adjust to certain situations. How many times have we seen him implode when the umpire doesn't give him close calls? All of a sudden he starts throwing cookies right in everyones wheelhouse. I think it's all mental with him, but that's more than enough to ruin a ML career.

1:45 PM

 
Blogger mr. met said...

Oh, the updates had nothing to do with near death. Beer, boats, big bodies of water, and skirts did.

Kenny, right now? Not at the level we need it. He might do a 4.50 ERA with some gems and stinkners thrown in. But I am concerned. When Glavine and Pedro were doing great, that's one thing. Right now, the entire rotation is inconsistent. Soler threw '94mph' when they first signed him. Hopefully Pelfrey reall does throw 94/95 and touches 97.

Pelfrey supposidly goes after it with hard stuff. Partially why I think he is good now for the Mets. Adds a dimension. Ideally you don't use him until 2008 and let him work it out, but the Mets don't have many choices and need to see if they can catch lightning in a bottle in 2006 with him.

Kazmir was much more advanced! He was in the bigs already.

I agree Paladin. I thought the Mets fixed that with El Duque and Soler...being able to provide solid outings, but The Duque is streaky and Soler is a nibbler. He's dead to me.

Soler is a hot head sometimes and a scared child other times.

2:13 PM

 
Blogger Kenny said...

The Mets home page has an article up about potentially DL-ing Pedro and calling up Pelfrey.

Seems like Omar and Co. are considering it.

2:18 PM

 
Blogger Toasty Joe said...

One thing I'm not clear on - is Soler done for good now? Has the dark cloud passed? Seems like he went down with little to no fanfare.

If it's me, this weekend I would give starts to Oliver, Heilman and Pelfrey. Let Petey rest up during the break. And to hell with Maine and Lima.

2:32 PM

 
Blogger warmsox said...

I wish they would hurry up and announce if Pelfrey is going to get the start and which game he is going to start so I could get my damn tickets already.

This waiting and potential guess work on which game he's going to play in is killing me.

2:43 PM

 
Blogger Paladin said...

I was so very against taking Heilman out of the pen because I really thought that his greatest value to this team was to come out in that 6,7,8th inning situation. And while I still believe that to be true, I think it's come to a point where this club needs to see what he can give them as a starter.

Again, it's all mental. Say what you want about him being a profesional, and he's gotta do what the team asks him to, no questions asked. I agree. But he is only human. And I hinestly feel as if he is not only frustrate with being "banished" to the pen, but I also think that he has now started to doubt himself. Happens to everyone. He's hit a wall, and I think it's time to get him back in the rotation. Not to reward him, but to see if he can take the ball and run with it.

The club needs some new blood in this rotation, and Aaron may very well be ONE of the missing pieces. The others in that pen (Bradford, Feliciano, Oliver) have stepped up to the point where they can more than fill in for a missing Heilman. If he can rediscover the magic that he found last season as both a starter and reliever (and at the beginning of this one as well), then it can only be a good thing.

From there ya play it by ear. Bannister will be back soon, and then we see what he can offer as well (as long as he stays healthy).

I just think that it's come to a point where Willie needs to be more flexible with this club. That's been one of my biggest issues with him as a manager. He does not accept change well. And when it's obvious that a change needs to occur, he is very reluctant to make the necessary moves.

Time to be flexible, Willie. I feel that he really can be much more valuable in the pen as well. But between his personal struggles as a pitcher, and the struggles of this rotation, it is now time to make a move.

2:46 PM

 
Blogger mr. met said...

Toasty...I like it. Except I'd use Main on one of the games on Saturday and keep Oliver in the bullpen. I'm not ready to send him to hell yet.

They'll let every know. Oh, they will. They know they will sell oodles of tickets.

Paladin, his innings are no longer that tough to replace. He has not been lights out like the 2nd half of 2005, though good. I think Bell and Owens can do a reasonable job picking up those innings. Heilman is worth a shot. I still think he should be first before Pelfrey comes up. We know the Mets eventually have a starter in Pelfrey, but I'd like to see what Heilman can do with his new arm slot and an extended look in the rotation.

2:55 PM

 
Blogger Toasty Joe said...

Oh, Mike - a new nickname has emerged (from my brain) which you may have missed while you were away. Coming to a theater nrear you this summer: Jose Reyes IS...Flamenco. I'm determined to make this name stick.

3:01 PM

 
Blogger mr. met said...

I like it. I still have to find the time to go back and compile the old list and read through the next few days of comments. Sounds like a lot of work actually.

3:47 PM

 
Blogger mr. met said...

...too much work in fact...

3:47 PM

 
Blogger Toasty Joe said...

Well, I've put a sidebar on my blog that should help you. I doubt I caught them all, though.

3:50 PM

 
Blogger mr. met said...

That is perfect...I still like Monday for Zambrano...you've given me the drive to go back through the comments.

4:21 PM

 
Anonymous JohnF said...

Nice to see the Marlins are stretching out their bullpen before the weekend. They are now into the bottom of the 11th, tied at 7 with the Nats. This is the 6th inning of work for their relievers. Lets see if they can go 14 or 15 innings!

5:11 PM

 
Anonymous JohnF said...

Crap, game over. Nats win 8-7 in 11. I was hoping Borowski would have to throw a couple of innings.

5:19 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The papers are all talking that Pedro will be working out this afternoon and will determine then if he will be able to start this weekend. My guess is he probably will not go. The talk is if Oliver is not needed out of the pen he goes Friday, if not ready than Lima Friday, Maine Saturday one game, Pelfrey the other.

My feeling is Pelfrey should go Friday since he last pitched Saturday which would put his next scheduled start today, tomorrow would only be 1 day off schedule not two. Let Oliver and Maine go Saturday. I guess Willie is afraid of getting swept in a double-header.

I was disappointed to see Everyday Eddie Gurdado go to Cincy. I would like to have him in the Mets pen and Heilman in the rotation.

adam

5:59 PM

 
Blogger Paladin said...

Would love Heilman in the ro now, and I don't even think we need to go outside the organization to replace him. He isn't adding much to the pen right now, and a switch to the ro may very well be what he needs. I just think it's better than rushing up Pelfry. Won't happen though. Aaron's gonna be in that pen the remainder of the season, and at some point (during the season or in the off-season) may be offered in a trade (that's just my feeling).

As for Pelfry's start... don't get upset if he doesn't light the world on fire, and don't overreact if he does. Whether he pitches only one game, or seven, it won't be an accurate barometer. Only a full season in the league can tell us just what he has to offer.

7:05 PM

 
Anonymous Coop said...

Pelfrey's been called up - Sat is the projected start. I am going on Sat. Hooray!!

8:05 PM

 
Anonymous JohnF said...

Wrong coop. Pelfrey has not been called up yet. Mr Henry Owens has been called up. I assume he'll stick around until Friday, then be replaced by Pelfrey.

See the last sentence:

http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20060706&content_id=1543094&vkey=news_nym&fext=.jsp&c_id=nym

8:58 PM

 
Blogger mr. met said...

Owens!!! Let him pitch damn it!

How about, the send Lima down when they bring up Pelfrey and everything looks rosey....

10:02 PM

 
Blogger mr. met said...

Of course, I have to miss the start and DVR it because I promised by my girlfriend I would take her to get a car. Pelfrey's first start and the World Cup runner up game....why must I be tortured? WHY????

10:04 PM

 
Anonymous Coop said...

JohnF - I shoulda posted the link, b.c it was up before! :-) I did see they called up Owens, but at the doubleheader Sat, Pelfrey and Maine are scheduled to start - here it is

http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20060706&content_id=1543094&vkey=news_nym&fext=.jsp&c_id=nym

10:15 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually apparently due to a little roster blunder, heath bell can't be recalled right away so it seems the mets WILL be calling up Henry Owens. Heath Bell should be back up by the end of the month however.

"The Mets intended to recall Heath Bell from Triple-A to replace Pedro Martinez on the roster today, but since they wanted to backdate Martinez to June 29, they couldn't.
Henry Owens was recalled instead. Bell was sent down on Tuesday, so the Mets couldn't have placed Martinez on the DL retroactively to last week and still had Bell eligible to be recalled. Bell should return to the majors later this month. "

-Brian B

12:13 AM

 
Blogger Paladin said...

IIIIIIIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTTTT'SSSSSSSSSS...

LIMA TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, man. Why couldn't your girlfriend get you away from THIS game?!?

Train wreck approaching, folks! Lima and two rooks appearing in three straight games. Not to mention the fact that the Marlins are playing much better baseball now then they did in April when we whooped their butts.

Well, I am looking forward to Pelfry's debut, but like I said before, don't overreact one way or the other. It's gonna take some time before anyone knows just what the guy has to offer at the Major League level.

8:07 AM

 
Blogger Count Choculitis said...

I like what the Mets are doing with their staff (i.e. DL'ing Pedro, giving Pelfrey a shot, possibly seeing what Owens can do) but this team is reminding me more and more of the 2004 Cardinals; what appears to be a solid team, with very suspect starting pitching that will get exposed in either the Playoffs or World Series. Don't get me wrong, I would probably sign up for a World Series appearance right now, but in order to win the whole shebang either Pelfrey is going to have to be Doc circa 1986, or some other arms will need to be acquired.

10:09 AM

 
Anonymous Rick m said...

This does seem a bit like bad timing. The Marlins are playing some good ball, and I can see Lima, Maine & Pelfry handing off to the bullpen very early. I'd rather see Pelfry throw tonight; it's likey to be a closer game and we could see how he responds. Also, with two games tomorrow, you could leave Lima in there for seven innings while the fish tee off. Who cares if Lima has to leave his ulnar collateral ligament and rotator cuff on the mound when he's done? Save those bullpen arms!

11:34 AM

 

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