First off I would like to thank everyone who wished me a happy and healthy birthday yesterday. It is much appreciated.
I am still in awe of last night’s loss to the Phillies. I am even more disappointed by Mike Pelfrey. Mike started of the game looking like the Mike Pelfrey from last season, challenging hitters, and inducing predominantly ground ball outs. This all changed in the fourth inning when he couldn’t keep the ball in the lower part of the strike zone, and the Philles bats ( including big bopper Ryan Howard) took advantage of this.
In short, Pelf was roughed up for eight runs. It was a bloodbath.
The thing that drives me crazy about Pelf is that he does this to himself. It was obvious that he was still weak from the stomach flu that has been plaguing the team for the better part of the week. I give Mike credit, he tried to gut his way through the game, but last night in my opinion was a crucial game – a statement game if you will, and Pelf didn’t rise to the challenge.
It drives me crazy that he is so poor at keepingbaserunners from stealing on him. It seemed like he could have easily picked off Rollins and Victorino if he had tried to focus on them instead of taking his time in getting his pitch to the plate.
I feel Pelf needs to reassess the way that he focuses on the game. He needs to in my opinion work faster and develop a quicker rhythm. If he dictated the pace of the game, I think that he would return to the type of pitcher that we know he can be.
I don’t know if the answer is a minor league demotion, but at this moment he seems to be the weakest link to this starting rotation.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Starting pitcher from the ’67 season, Bob Hendley is 72 (1939) .
Sadly on this date in 1987, the Mets lost a beloved member of their extended family when Lou Niss passed away. Lou was the Mets traveling secretary from the team inception in 1962 until the ownership change in 1980.
The New York Mets claimed outfielder, Daryl Boston on waivers from the Chicago White Sox on April 30, 1990.
Darryl was supposed to be the heir apparent to Darryl Strawberry. We all know Boston was good (not great) – but the Strawman he wasn’t.
Mo Vaughn is thinking of switching his allegiance to the land of scrapple and Tastykakes (good riddence )!!!