The Big Pelf Predicament


“You’re happy we had a good road trip.  We won two series from two very good teams. But I want to get in on the winning, too. We went 4-2, and I pitched the two games we lost. So that’s tough from that standpoint. 

It’s not where I wanted to be.  It’s not what I envisioned. It’s not what I planned. I have to have a lot better second half. Obviously I thought that May and June was a lot better than April. April was bad. But I thought the last two months have been better. But this was a bad road trip for me.” -Mike Pelfrey

Mike Pelfrey is a guy we all want to like. He works hard, says all the right things, and is also a home grown talent.  Hell, he’s even a Midwestropolitan to boot!

Despite all of that, he is quite the frustrating figure in Metland.  What is it about Big Pelf that drives us crazy at times?

I have one word for you my friends………inconsistency.

He has the ability to dominate, just look at his complete game against the Angels on June 18th for proof. But then there are the starts like yesterday in which he struggles mightily locating pitches and doesn’t make it out of the fifth inning.

The interesting thing about Big Pelf’s inconsistencies is that it comes in waves.  He’ll have a handful of starts in which he is all world, and then we are privy to very forgettable games of five inning or less efforts.


Date Opponent Score Dec IP H R ER HR BB K W L SV BS HLD IP ERA
 Jun 30 @ DET L 2-5 L 4.2 8 5 4 1 5 3 4 7 0 0 0 100.2 4.92
 Jun 24 @ TEX L 1-8 L 6.0 8 4 4 1 2 3 4 6 0 0 0 96.0 4.78
 Jun 18 LAA W 6-1 W 9.0 5 1 1 1 0 5 4 5 0 0 0 90.0 4.70
 Jun 13 @ PIT L 1-3 L 7.0 4 2 2 1 0 6 3 5 0 0 0 81.0 5.11
 Jun 8 @ MIL L 6-7 - 6.0 4 2 2 1 0 2 3 4 0 0 0 74.0 5.35
 Jun 2 PIT W 9-8 - 5.0 10 7 7 1 1 3 3 4 0 0 0 68.0 5.56
 May 28 PHI L 2-5 - 7.2 4 2 2 0 2 6 3 4 0 0 0 63.0 5.00
 May 22 @ NYY L 3-9 L 6.0 8 5 5 1 2 4 3 4 0 0 0 55.1 5.37
 May 16 FLA L 1-2 - 7.0 6 1 1 1 2 1 3 3 0 0 0 49.1 5.11
 May 10 @ COL W 4-3 W 6.2 6 3 3 3 1 2 3 3 0 0 0 42.1 5.74
Editor’s Note:  Forgive the bunchiness of this table.  Our design team wasted this month’s budget on beer and Ho-Hos.

The sad thing is that I’m not sure we will ever see Big Pelf figure it out.  He’s been around long enough to give us a large enough sample size where trends are hard to ignore.  The inconsistency can also be see if you look at his seasons as a whole.  He’ll give us a year in which some start proclaiming he has it all figured out.  Then he follows it up with a fifth man/long reliever type season.

Check out the pattern in the years he has started at least 30 games (including the current season).  Bad, good, bad, good.

 2006 NYM 4 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
 2007 NYM 15 21 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 9 0 0 .095 .136 .143 .279
 2008 NYM 30 59 4 5 0 0 0 2 4 18 0 0 .085 .156 .085 .241
 2009 NYM 29 52 4 5 1 0 0 4 2 12 0 0 .096 .143 .115 .258
 2010 NYM 32 62 2 7 0 0 0 3 2 13 0 0 .113 .141 .113 .254
 2011 NYM 14 26 1 1 1 0 0 2 1 7 0 0 .038 .074 .077 .151
Editor’s second note:  Damnit guys!  I told you about the beer and Ho Hos!

I was pretty good at figuring out patterns in kindergarten so I’ll help you out.  We are in the middle of a bad year.  You know what that means right?  If the Mets wind up parting ways with Mike for some reason, be prepared for a stellar year from him in 2012.

So here’s my plan.  Demote him to the bullpen if Johan comes back this season.  Keep him for one more year and then try to part ways with him in the winter of 2012/2013.

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4 Responses to “The Big Pelf Predicament”

  1. Mike Pelfrey: Consistently inconsistent Metszilla Says:

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  2. B. Taylor Says:

    I have just about given up on Mike Pelfrey.

    I gave him a pretty long leash, (and believe me when I say I have a lot of patience), and he has been handily hanging himself.

    You are correct. The inconsistency is part of the problem. The other part of the problem – seemingly a lack of mental toughness when it counts.

    Half the time he appears to have ADD, a hitch in his gallop or Oliver Perez syndrome. The other half he appears to be on track. And by the bye, he can’t work on any more pitches right now. He is at this point in time a jack of all trades and a master of none, and he’s driving me round the bloody bend.

    My other grouse with Pelfry, and this I cannot forgive – he threw Josh Thole under the bus. If you and your catcher are not on the same page, before each game it is YOUR responsibility to sit with him and work out a plan of attack. You can’t get on the mound, shake off his pitches, then when you lose complain that you had to shake off what he gave you. Maybe if you’d followed his lead you would have won. That was unforgivable. Man up! That’s your job out there to either win or at the least hold. And don’t put your teammates in the Mariana Trench and then go grab some pine.

    I think he was in part responsible for Thole’s loss of confidence, although Josh was mature enough to never mention it, but that was totally unacceptable. I lost respect for him since he did that to a young kid learning on the job. Pelfrey forgot where HE was coming from and how much the fans had to put up with his first year and a half with at least eight consecutive losses…

    Sorry about being longwinded but I had to explain where I was coming from as far as Pelfrey is concerned. That being said, I do think he should be given another season and if he blows it, then trade him. Maybe he’s not built for a big town with the accompanying media circus. To paraphrase Jack Nicholson in his role, maybe he can’t handle New York.

    • Jason Says:


      Never apologize for being long winded, especially when you have something valuable to contribute to the conversation.

      I forgot all about the Thole incident. Great point.

      If I had to sum up my thoughts about Big Pelf, I would say he is what he is. I highly doubt he will change. So we will have to deal with his highs and lows as long as he is a Met.

      Now, I would be lying if I didn’t admit there is a very small part of me clinging to hope that he will put it all together and turn into a consistent starter. After all, he is a Midwestropolitan.

      • B. Taylor Says:

        I am so hoping he will put it together consistently as well, but gads, don’t make me have all these heartburnings while I wait : ).

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