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.
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 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.
"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 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.
Top 5 Luckiest NL Starters, by LUCK
Player Team W L E(W) E(L) LUCKOuch, Madson and Floyd Lucky? Wow.
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