Watching the Mets last night wasn’t frustrating as much as it was annoying and aggravating.
How does a team receive nine walks and still lose?
Oh yeah, when its starter – its supposed No. 1 pitcher – gives up five runs on ten hits in six innings and the bullpen gives up six runs. With pitch counts the defining stat of starting pitchers, 100 in six innings won’t get it done for Pelfrey.
It is a sign he’s never in command, always struggling and usually one pitch away from imploding.
He said he was getting his fastball up last night. If it’s not one thing it is another. Either his command is bad or his pitch selection or he’s not challenging hitter. It is always something.
He’ll be cruising, then fail to put away a hitter, and soon after an inning unravels. Run support should only be an occasional alibi, because winning pitchers find a way to escape and make the best with what they are given.
It appeared he turned the corner last summer, but has regressed this season. Only the Mets’ lack of pitching depth and his reasonable salary will likely keep Pelfrey in the rotation next year.
However, eventually the Mets must decide if he’ll ever make it and should they bail on him.
Quite frankly, he’s aggravating to watch and makes you wonder how he’ll lose it this time.
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