Despite the loss yesterday, I thought R.A. Dickey pitched well and simply threw a couple of knucklers that simply hung over the fat part of the plate… It happens…
What I found more discouraging was how quiet the Mets bats were against a division rival they will need to beat if they expect to contend in the division. This Atlanta Braves team is clearly not the same team the Mets swept the last time they invaded CitiField. They are playing with a lot of confidence and the young players are really contributing in big ways, and it’s hard to ignore how well their starting pitching has performed.
I’m a little concerned about something I read by Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger regarding Mike Pelfrey going through a dead arm period.
Both Pelfrey (10-3, 3.39 ERA) and Mets pitching coach, Dan Warthen, admitted this week the pitcher is suffering through a patch of dead arm. There is no pain. But there is no panacea either — Pelfrey can only continue to pitch through it.
“Every year, you just go through a little period where you don’t feel like the ball is coming out of your hand like it has that extra life on it,” Pelfrey said. “That it jumps out of your hand. I feel like I’ve been going through that.”
If the Mets do not end up bolstering the rotation by this month’s trade deadline, a very distinct possibility, Pelfrey will be counted on more heavily than ever before. If he cracks, the Mets will crack with him. Hopefully, this truly is just a dead arm period as he says, and that he can regain his lost velocity, movement and command as soon this afternoon’s start or at least in time for the start of the second half.
Incidentally, how confident are you that the Mets will add a starter for the rotation before the deadline?