El Duque hit 81 mph a couple of times on a radar gun, but mostly was in the upper-70s with his fastball. Willie Randolph insisted gun readings are irrelevant in intrasquad games, and Hernandez said he was concentrating on his delivery. source Daily News
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Orlando Hernandez pitched a simulated game today in which he tested out his new delivery. El Duque top out at 81 mph but most of his pitches were in the mid 70s. The Mets are sending mixed signals about El Duque, they have not named him their fifth starter but stand firm that he's a starter. I think it serves the team best for him to not be ready to start the year, they can place him on the fifteen day DL and carry an additional bench player. Pelfrey would stay in AAA so that when he does make his starts ( as a call up) he will have a great deal of confidence from beating up on AAA hitters as he did last year when he came up for the Atlanta game. I think that they will let El Duque pitch himself out of the rotation, rather then allowing someone to win the spot from him.
Posted by Ed Ryan at 4:07 PM