Thursday, March 8, 2012

Pelfrey Hit Hard in Spring Debut

2.2 IP, 6 Hits, 4ER, 2 BB, HR, 0 K

That was Mike Pelfrey’s line from his start today against the Marlins “B” lineup in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Yes. I know it is only March 8th, but I couldn’t help but think, “Here we go again”. Pelfrey, who is coming off his worst year as a professional, needs to get off to a quick start this year in order to win back the trust of both the Mets organization and the fans.

Pelfrey has been adamant that he needs to get back to throwing his sinker, which he admittedly neglected most of last year. Pitching Coach Dan Warthen and Manager Terry Collins have raved thus far that Pelfrey has looked fantastic this spring in his bullpen sessions and they expect him to get back to being the hard sinker-baller that once made him successful. However, I question if Warthen and Collins really feel that he has looked “fantastic.” I would not be surprised if this is a ploy to try and get Pelfrey in the right mindset as he has proven over the years that one of his biggest problems is what goes on inside his head.

Whatever the case may be, Pelfrey was up in the zone all day today and despite it being early on in spring, his outing had to raise some concerns for the coaching staff. His sinker did not have much sink at all, and as a result, he only tallied 3 ground ball outs on the afternoon, while getting hit extremely hard by Marlins hitters. Of course, it is not fair to jump to conclusions that Pelfrey is in for another long year simply because of one bad spring start; however, for a player trying to re-establish himself as an effective starter, today certainly doesn’t help the cause.