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Friday, July 07, 2006

It's Go Time: Mike Pelfrey Edition

Was it Mike Pelfrey's destiny ever to become an integral part of the 2006 New York Mets rotation? Probably not. I'm sure there are a lot of fans, if not a majority of them, that would like to not see Mike Pelfrey rushed. However, there are simply not many other options. Mike Pelfrey has been far from dominant in 2006 though he has pitched very well. His h/9 is 8.14 and his WHIP is 1.30 are far from dominat numbers that would be expected from a prospect of his ilk. He has been more in lines of what was expected of him all season of late. Including a four run, five inning hiccup, Pelfrey has put up a 5.73 h/9, 3.71 k/bb, 10.64 k/9, 0.95 WHIP, and a 2.05 ERA with a 4-1 record in his last seven games and all four of his wins came in his last five games.

"If we feel he's our best option," said Mets general manager Omar Minaya, "we will explore that option."

The Mets have options not named Mike Pelfrey if they did not want to rush their top prospect. They could certainly work around having to use him since they have such a big lead, but at this point, why? It may not be ideal, but Pelfrey may be able to bring something to the table. With Soler getting demoted after a series of horrible outings, Traschel very unaweinspriing despite winning six consecutive decisions (4.67 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP during that streak), El Duque being solid, but still a back-end guy, Pedro struggling of late and now heading to the DL, and Glavine with a 4.93 ERA in June and a 5.40 ERA in July, something needs to be happen. Pelfrey will come in and attack hitters and may shape himself into a useful starter a la John Lackey in 2002.

The trade market does not look great, but the Mets might want to find out what they have internally prior to giving up more talent. While I think Heilman still might be worth a look and bringing in Henry Owens to replace him in the bullpen permently, the Mets are still reluctant to do so. At this point, there are no other options. The Mets need to solidify this rotation that looked a lot brighter a few weeks ago and it is time to see what Mike Pelfrey can do. I personally like that there are still some good options and I hope that Owens can show something while he is up here and gets a chance because as I've said before, his possible presence in a second half bullpen could very well be big boon to this club.

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  • Henry Owens is up because a bit of a snafu.

    The Mets attempted to recall Bell to the active roster as a corresponding roster move when they placed ace Pedro Martinez on the 15-day disabled list before Thursday's game, but were unable to do so because Martinez was disabled retroactively to June 29, when Bell was an active member of the Mets.

    Not really a big deal and it could be a blessing in disguise if Owens just comes out and pounds batters, but it's good to know the Mets crack staff is all over these types of rules.

  • The White Sox get the Final Vote winner for the second year in the row and Nomar Garciapparra makes an surprising return to the All-Star game after most of us thought he was done. Mr. Billy Wagner might end up going anyway as Pedro Martinez is headed for the DL and actually replaced Pedro last season on the All-Star roster. However, if he gets picked, he should let things be and pass it up and let Chris Capuano go because he is more deserving.

  • I know Gennaro Filice probably stayed up all night doing this, but this is scary. Very, very, very scary. He also had a link to some bizarre email sent by Brian Bannister to Adam Rubin. Maybe Jay Horowitz is on a vacation.

  • Mr. Billy Wagner speaks candidly about the Philles and I'm sure they will not appreciate it, but he is probably right.

  • The Mets sold 3,000,000 tickets for the first time in seventeen years. The only topped 3,000,000 in 1987 and 1988 and they should eclipse that mark later this season and set a club record.

  • Evan MacLane threw a gem as the Tides won 1-0. Milledge went 0 for 4 in case you are curious.

    The Binghamton Mets took two from the Bowie Baysox. In game one, Ambiorix Concepcion went 3 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs. In game two, Michael Devaney went the distance in a shortened seven inning game as Carlos Gomez went 2 for 3.

    Mike Carp went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI and Jesus Flores went 2 for 5 with a run scored and a double in St. Lucie's loss.

    Nick Evans came up big in Hagerstown's win with a 4 for 4 night with two doubles and three RBIs.

  • Ken Davidoff says pampering Pedro is the right thing to do and I could not agree more. Forget sitting out a week or two, sit the guy until September and have him start throwing mid-August. The Mets are sitting comfy, imagine having Pedro in early season form in September and October?

  • The Yankees will make the playoffs...right??? RIGHT????

    "I know every Yankee fan in creation has inner faith they will find a way because for the last decade they have," Chris (Mad Dog) Russo said Wednesday on WFAN. "... Maybe this is the year they don't navigate the mine field."

    The Yankees are hurting. But if they miss the playoffs, it might not be a bad thing for the Yankees. First off, they have figured it out somewhat. The Yankees have held onto Robinson "Swing at Everything" Cano, Chien Ming "Can't Make 'Em Swing and Miss to Save My Life" Wang, Phil Hughes, and Eric Duncan. In the past, they would have been all gone, but the Yankees realize again how important it is to have young guys come up through the system and the value of not having an All-Star at every position. If they miss the playoffs, it will probably mean they stood still and did not give up what little young talent they have left. So it's not all bad.

  • Deolis hits the Prospect Hot Sheet for the first time in his career and is probably the youngest guy on there.

    Deolis Guerra, rhp, Mets (Low Class A Hagerstown): The 17-year-old is being given more innings and is coming on strong. In his last six starts he is 3-1, 1.77 with a 21-8 strikeout-walk ratio in 30 innings.

  • The Yankees signed Jesus Montero for $2,000,000. That presumably knocks them out of the Francisco Pena race even though they plan to move Montero to first. The Mets are interested in Pena, but it's believed that the Cubs are the front-runners for Pena.

  • BP says Glavine has been lucky.

    Top 5 Luckiest NL Starters, by LUCK
    Player           Team    W      L     E(W)     E(L)   LUCK
    Tom Glavine NYN 11 2 8.1 5.0 5.88
    Ryan Madson PHI 8 5 4.6 5.9 5.31
    Wandy Rodriguez HOU 9 5 6.3 7.2 4.95
    Gavin Floyd PHI 4 3 2.5 6.2 4.74
    Miguel Batista ARI 8 5 5.7 6.3 3.64
    Ouch, Madson and Floyd Lucky? Wow.

    Anonymous Anonymous said...



    11:33 AM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    I like the enthusiasm.

    FYI...you know how there are some words that people just cannot say? Enthusiasm is that one for me. I cannot spit the fucking thing out.

    On a totally non-related topic...I sleep on the bus every morning into the city. When I get up to get off the bus, I'm usually pretty groggy. In the winter, I just walk outside and the cold usually wakes me up. In the summer and spring, it's usually tougher. However, this morning what do I see when I get out of Port Authority? Two girls making out. Why is that so exciting? I don't know, it just is.

    11:37 AM

    Blogger warmsox said...

    And of course after my declaration yesterday I will be in Jersey on Saturday and unable to attend the game.

    Stupid dying relative.

    11:54 AM

    Blogger warmsox said...

    At least I didn't buy tickets for tonight, because then I would have had to suffer through Lima less than a week after attending the 11-1 loss and I don't think I could handle that.

    11:55 AM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Warmsox, at least you can be that guy with the headpiece listening to the game at the church/wake.

    Sitting through Jose Lima means drinking a lot of beers.

    Hey, did anyone get a steak sandwich from BB's yet at Shea? I've head them outside of Shea, but 100% worth the treck to the right field corner. Best food in the stadium and NEVER any lines.

    12:02 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Gerald "Ice" Williams must have loaned Lima those illicit photos of Wilpon and the gerbil. How in the fuck is Lima still in a uniform? I thought we were moving on. Oh well, at least Oliver can get some work in tonight. Oliver might as well start getting lose after the 1st inning.

    Willie has been managing his bench and starters well. Having a double digit lead helps. Nice to see him giving the All-Stars a day off.

    Delgado is slumping. He needs to regroup and come back after the break and hit like he did earlier in the year.

    - Bada

    1:11 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    'Two girls making out'

    *sniff* ....god bless america *sniff*


    1:38 PM

    Blogger Toasty Joe said...

    Wow, that's much better than the lesbian story I posted today. Game, set and match, my friend.

    1:41 PM

    Blogger Paladin said...

    First of all... were they hot? Cause if they weren't hot, then I just don't need to hear about it! ;o)

    Anyway, I would absolutely love to see Heilman given an opportunity, especially since the Mets do have such a deep pen. Not to mention the fact that they also have options like Bell and Owens in the farm. It just does not make any sense. The powers that be in the Mets organization just don't like Heilman at all, and I would much rather see him used as a trading chip then watch him get fucked around. He has worked hard to turn his career around, and I honestly believe that he is by far a much better option than anything else they've tried thus far.

    Afterall, it's not like he hasn't complied with everything he's been asked to do. And he should do that! That is his job. But he was told that after such a tremendous performance last season as both a starter and reliever (not to mention his success in winter ball), that he would be given a spot in the rotation come '06. So what do they do? They give it to Bannister (been marginal at best, despite the 2-0 record prior to injury), Lima (need I say more), Soler (burst into flames), and traded for an over the hill Hernandez (I refuse to call him Duke).

    I understand that there are very few options available to the Mets regarding their starting ro woes, but when ya got a possible solution staring you right in the face, don't you have to at least give it a shot?

    Let's just hope we don't get waxed. Lima and back to back rooks v.s. a Marlins club that has improved dramatically since we last destroyed them in April. Man. If this isn't a potential train wreck in the making, I don't know what is.

    2:34 PM

    Blogger Count Choculitis said...

    I understand the appeal of keeping Heilman in the bullpen. First of all, it gives you the option of going Heilman, Sanchez, Wagner in the 7th-9th innings, with 3 innings of relief generally being necessary with the Mets old and decrepit pitching staff. Secondly, if used correctly, it also gives the Mets the option of not burning either/both Heilman or Sanchez out by pitching them in alternate games during the regular season. Remember Tom Gordon with the Yanks 2 years ago? He was a shell of his regular season self come postseason.

    That being said, the starting rotation is a serious issue, even if Pelfrey turns out to be a stud. These guys (behind Petey and Glavine) are not playoff-worthy starting pitchers. There is not much out there to trade for, and those pitchers that are out there may require Milledge or Pelfrey in return. Which brings us back to Heilman. The Mets can try a lot of things with their 12.5 game lead.....one of the things I would try is giving Heilman 5-7 starts (with Oliver ready to back him up the first few, when he will probably only be able to go 4-5 innings) and see what he can give us. Simultaneously, we can try some bullpen guys out in Heilman's slot to see if anyone can do what he is now doing (which is not much, the last month or so). Finally, I would definitely consider putting El Duque in the bullpen later in the year. I do not think he is a reliable starter in the playoffs, and good, patient teams will abuse him at his advanced age of 61. However, out of the bullpen, in the 7th inning in a big spot (I'll leave the 8th to Sanchez for now), El Duque may be just the kind of guy you need, and he proved as much last year against the Sox.

    2:53 PM

    Blogger Paladin said...

    Believe me, choc, I am on the same wavelength regarding Heilman. Problem is, he hasn't been effective in that role anymore, and there are now guys in that pen who have proven to be very reliable more often than not.

    So some might say, why then would ya use him as a starter if he's been stinkin' up the joint as a reliever? Well, I think it's mental. He's frustrated, and he's hit a wall. He may be a professional, but he's also human. He was given a chance to prove that he could do this on a regular basis, and he did that. He was then promised a spot in the ro (contrary to what anyone in the Mets organization says publicly), and instead it was given to rooks and has-beens.

    So, he's frustrated. I say give him the ball, and let him run with it. If he falters there as well afte 3-4 starts, then we know it's just not meant to be.

    But you at least have to give him this opportunity. I not only think that he deserves it, but I also think he's the best option.

    3:03 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Bada, make that Oliver and Owens getting some work. 'Tis a mystery why Lima Time! keeps resurfacing.

    That is what Willie does best tactically is giving everyone work. I've grudgingly give him that.

    Nokes, that was classic. I see the guy/girl makeout session before work like they will never see each other again, but this AM was a treat.

    Paladin, they were not hot, but not bad by any means. We are not talking models here.

    Lima has to win one of these days. That's all I have to say. I'm not exactly guaranteeing anything, but I'm not not guaranteeing anything....make sense?

    Count, if Pelfrey's a stud, I'm willing to run with the top three and Duque as the fourth in the playoffs. I just think he shows flashes....well check that. Just run with the hot hand for the fourth at the end of the year to compliment the top three.

    And I agree with Paladin, Heilman just has not been effective and may just be plain unhappy. It would suck if he lets his emotions get into it, but he's human like paladin said.

    3:14 PM

    Blogger Paladin said...

    Dude, you could at least LIE to me! MAN! Give a brotha some good feellins here.

    Now I gotta have mental images of a couple of bullish dykes swappin spit...


    Thanks, man! Thanks a bunch! LOL! :oD

    3:26 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    They weren't bullish...but I'll just let you think they were models then....and they had no shame.

    3:54 PM

    Anonymous Benny Blanco from da Bronx said...

    I love Pelfrey and everything its just that, i Don't like the idea of putting this kid into a pennant run, ya know?
    Whatever, maybe he can turn into K-Rod...

    And the thing with El Duque is I woudl REALLY prefer him being the 4th pitcher o even the long amn come playoff time. The idea of him pitchigng ame 3 doesn't sound fun. I really want a big improvement...

    Aiiight, my man Nick Evans, doing big things!

    If the Yankee make the playoffs GOD BLESS THEM because that pitching is just shit. If they do make it though, they won't go far because they will be eliminated in round 1.

    The word I can't say? Aphebetetize. I can't say it, I can't spell it. I hate that word.

    I will TRYYYYYYY real hard to go to the game tomorrow. Im down for 10 hours of baseball.
    Mike if your going, e-mail me. And if your truly balls deep, e-mail me your number. If your goign to game 1 then we could probably hang out and keep ourselves company in between games. I'll send my number.

    5:16 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I am stoked.

    I am looking forward to Henry Owens. If Pelfrey is ready Owens is overdue. I think Owens could stick.

    IRONY: The marlins will see Heilman, owens, pelfrey, Maine during this stint. An oppurtunity to evaluate?


    5:26 PM

    Blogger Paladin said...

    So... gonna sound like a broken record here about this rotation, but ya know what?

    I don't fucking care. Lima should never have been in this game to begin with. I watch it anyway because that's what fans do. But I am sick and tired of watching this club do things half-assed.

    So what if we get to the WS? You think I give a rat's ass about 2000?!? You think I was happy just to have the team that I root for be there? This aint no fucking party, folks! This team goes to the classic, they are getting the shit knocked out of them by whom ever gets in from the AL side. And I WILL NOT be happy just cause we got there.

    And since when did the AL get better starting pitching than the NL? What the hell is THAT about?

    Lima... FUCK LIMA! Bunch of old men, rooks, and has beens. Jesus Christ.

    Grand slam by the opposing pitcher... unreal.

    8:28 PM

    Blogger Paladin said...

    Bless Oliver. He has done such an amazing job in what realistically is mop-up duty. His job is to just keep the other team at bay so that he can prevent his team from getting embarrassed any further, and maybe even keep em in it so that they can make a run. And man has he been stellar in that role.

    In fact, bless this pen in general. Everyone has had their down moments at times (and Heilman has been awful since the beginning of May), but overall they have been life savers. Best in baseball in my opinion, especially when you consider the shape of this starting rotation.

    Hope they can keep it up down to the very end. This club is gonna need it from them.

    9:06 PM

    Anonymous DG said...

    Hey Mike, I'm alive too, but stuck in New England dial up hell. That's what I get for summering stateside. I'm putting a dish on my house for the net, then I can watch baseball through MLB.TV (as I do in Europe).

    Gotta love, Lima working out the kinks in Norfolk. Yep, he was a changed man! Okay, so not so.

    Owens got to pitch. How un-Heath. Willie didn't use him last year for a couple of weeks or so it seemed.

    Anyway, soon....

    10:34 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Did Gerald Williams pass along the pictures that he has of Wilpon having sex with farm animals to Lima. Isn't the definition of insanity doing the exact same thing repeatedly and expecting different results. Why is it that every man, woman and child in the world except two people knew that Lima was going to get spanked in this game. Unfortuantely those two people were Willie and Omar. Dumb and Dumber.

    As Paladin mentioned, Oliver has repeatedly had great outings mopping up blow-outs, I know it is a lot different starting at 0-0 and coming in down 7-0 and I know Oliver has a long career of sucking as a starter, but he is the best option right now who could go 6 innings. So obvious.

    Speaking of obvious, why is Pelfrey starting game 2 of the double-header, as Ron Darling said on Thursday, you have a young kid who is about to fulfill his life-long dream and play his first major league game. why would you want him to come to the ballpark and then sit on the bench for 4 hours to think about how he finally has his chance and how important it will be to look good and worry if he pitches poorly when will he get his next shot. Isn't it a manager's job to put his players in the best position to succeed. You don't think this decision has anything to do with the fact that game 2 will be on a network owned by the team owner who may not want to give money back to advertisers if he underdelivers on the ratings if no one watches the throw in in the Kris Benson trade vs. the ML debut of the Mets best pitching prospect in the last decade.

    Not to be ovely negative Willie is great at the interpersonal skills of managing and Omar could sell snow to eskimos, but their decision making leaves me scratching my head.

    I liked Owens fastball serious gas, unusual delivery good control on fastball, breaking ball was nowhere near the plate. Maybe just opening day jitters. Needs to be able to throw second pitch for strikes, but certainly has promise.


    10:51 PM

    Anonymous benny said...

    Henry Owens got me real hyped.

    And the Mets need Jason Schmidt. That's it. THat's who I want and since I'm young and immature I want him at any costs.

    12:49 AM

    Blogger Paladin said...

    Well, back to back rooks on a double header.

    OOOOF! This is either gonna be very, very painful, or very, very exciting.

    Either way, I've got a fresh tank of oxygen waiting on standby. Gonna need it for this one, kiddies!

    Baseball gods, please, please don't let the AAA Florida Marlins rough up our newbie pitchers, thus making our first place team look like paper tigers. Oh please, oh please, oh please!!!

    Thank you.

    Now, LET'S GO METS!!!

    9:51 AM

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