Mike Pelfrey: Consistently inconsistent

Photo taken by Michael Baron

The New York Mets will head home this evening to start a weekend series against their cross-town rival, New York Yankees, after an impressive road trip in which they won four out of six games against the AL defending champion Texas Rangers and AL Central leading Detroit Tigers. For Mike Pelfrey, however, this past road trip was not a success.

In two starts on the road this past week, Pelfrey was 0-2 — the lone loser for NY on the trip — allowing 8 earned runs over 10 2/3 inning pitched (6.79 ERA).

“We had a good road trip, won two series facing two very good teams,” Pelfrey told the New York Post after the Mets’ 5-2 loss to the Tigers yesterday. “But I want to get in on the winning.”

With the loss, the 6’7″ right hander is now 1-7 on the road this season (10 starts) with a putrid 6.75 ERA:

After 17 starts this season Pelf is now 4-7 with a 4.92 ERA and an alarming 1.87 BB/9 rate, something the right hander he admittedly did not see
, “it’s not what I envisioned. Not what I planned. I’ve got to do a lot better in the second half.”

I must admit, this is not the season I saw coming from Mike either. In a recent video chat with Kerel Cooper of On The Black.com (which you can view in it’s entirety by clicking here), I stated the following about Big Pelf:

I guess he is what he is. Like we spoke about last time [I was on your show] it was a lot of ‘he’s young, he has time to improve, he will build off this,’ well now he’s been in the league a long time. There is no more building, this is it. If your willing to say ‘I can except Mike Pelfrey having three bad starts and five good starts, or vice versa, then your willing to except Mike Pelfrey. … He might rattle off seven, eight, or nine good starts, he might go three good, five bad, or vice versa.”

Bobby Ojeda of SNY offered his analysis on Pelfrey during his appearance on WFAN morning show with Boomer and Carton:

This is Mike. This is what Mike is, he’s gonna hit on a good streak, he’s gonna hit a bad streak, it’s not about stuff. I thought he had great stuff yesterday. I thought he was just missing, I thought he was pressing. I thought he was trying to make to good a pitch, maybe a little intimidated by the character on the other side [Justin Verlander]. The mistake he made was not really a pitch, it was not backing up third costing the team a run. That is what Mike is right now, but I would never give up on this guy he’s got great stuff. Maybe on day he could over come the nerve. It really just comes down to the nerve you have to perform under pressure and he struggles with that.”

Coming into the season I believed this would be the year Pelf would put it all together and give the Mets a consistent year of top end of the rotation production. I mean, he had shown glimpses of that production during his tenure with the team. With that said, what Mike has shown us this year is that he will consistently be inconsistent.


Be sure to check out our buddy Jason over at Midwestropolitan as he did a great job of analyzing “The Big Pelf Predicament” in his recent blog post.

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