“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.
|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.
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.