Once again it’s time to get your daily dose of TRDM’s Mets in the Papers.
Andy McCullough, “Mets Pitcher Mike Pelfrey Keeps Trying To Step Up His Game”
There is no job to win, no coaches to impress. His only motivation is internal, the sort that drives him when he thinks about next month, when the games will matter and his energy will spike without difficulty. Only then can he prove if he belongs among the game’s elite pitchers.
A massive pile of reasons—large contracts, declining performances, and an odd gulf between perceptions of their character inside and outside the locker room–have led to fan dislike of Perez and Castillo, and focus on whether they will remain Mets. Perez is a longshot to earn a bullpen job, and Alderson reiterated Wednesday what sources have said for several days, that he might eliminate second base candidates within the next few days. “That’s a possibility,” he said.
“I was trying to get mad out there, trying to make myself mad and get more adrenaline,” he said. “I wasn’t very successful at that. I was on the mound and I was kind of cussing, but it didn’t work.” With two Grapefruit League starts remaining, Pelfrey felt that he was on schedule. “The first time out, I was 84-88,” he said. “So I guess I’m building up – unless that 43 was accurate.”
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said yesterday that performance alone won’t earn the less-than-dynamic duo jobs on the Opening Day roster. Mets fans revile both players because they are seen as a symbol of wasted money — $60 million, total — by former general manager Omar Minaya.
“A lot of people say, ‘You don’t have to worry. You’ve made lots of money.’ This is not about how much you make or where you play, this is about your personal competitiveness,” he said. “When healthy I can be one of the best in the game. All I want to do is play. All I can do is come to the ballpark and put in my best effort and continue to pray.”
General manager Sandy Alderson dropped a significant hint yesterday, saying the hobbled right fielder could be excluded from Grapefruit League games, allowing the Mets to backdate a potential disabled list stint. The Mets used such a tactic last year with Jose Reyes, allowing him to miss only the team’s first four games as he worked into shape following an absence mandated by an overactive thyroid.
Bay said the team’s doctors initially told him to stay home and rest. But Morneau suggested that Bay seek out specialists, and even suggested a few. Bay said that he subsequently visited several doctors to discuss the matter.