Take a second and venture out into the bitchin’ internet. Particularly, comment sections that have anything to do with the New York Mets. There is chum in the water in terms of the fans turning on Mike Pelfrey.
The home-grown talent that at one point was the feel good story about the Mets future, now faces becoming the scapegoat for everything that frustrates fans about the Amazin’s. Fair or unfair, you can see it happening.
Here’s an example:
“Get rid of him already he always licks his hand and makes excuses. “
This was one of the nicer statements I read. Another reason why I chose this is because I think it is hilarious that this particular fan took advantage of an opportunity to make fun of Big Pelf’s finger licking habit.
That being said, the statement reflects the fact that fans are tired of hearing about why Pelfrey struggles, they just want them corrected.
Some of what they are saying is justified. The roller coaster that is Mike Pelfrey is a ride that hasn’t exactly been fan friendly lately. He teases us with a lock down performance here or there and then gets shelled as if he is throwing batting practice in the next outing.
Where Pelf gets treated unfairly is in terms of expectations. There are too many people who expect him to be the Tim Lincecum of the Mets. At one point, that looked like it could be a reality. It just never materialized.
You know what? There’s nothing wrong with that. We should expect him to perform as a number three or four guy in the rotation. That is his peak. He isn’t going any higher. There are plenty of places for a player like that. Unfortunately, Pelfrey is in the #1 slot right now placing him in a situation that he flat-out cannot succeed in.
I am going to let you in a little secret. I am pulling for #34 today. I want to see him come out this afternoon with a strong start and calm down the masses.
Why haven’t I given up on him yet? It is a combination of reasons.
- He is a Midwestropolitan.
- He is a home grown talent.
- I still see potential in Big Pelf to be a solid starter. Just not an ace.
So come on Big Pelf! It’s time to be finger lickin’ good!