Where Pelfrey Should Go
Random thoughts for a Monday afternoon …
Setup Man: Mike Pelfrey
We already know Mike Pelfrey is going to New Orleans. We’ll assume he’ll be re-joining the Zephyrs’ starting rotation. However, for the immediate future of the Mets (meaning, this year), it may behoove the brass to install him into a relief role. It’s pretty darn clear that Pelf ain’t helping the Mets as a starter this year, but his 95-MPH sinker and slider are ideal for bullpen duty. Maybe if he focuses solely on pitching one or two innings at a time, and only throws the sinker and slider, the Mets could have a formidable relief weapon (Adam Wainwright, anyone?) by the end of August. Oh, by the way, I wrote about Pelfrey as a reliever a few weeks back on Flushing University.
Back to the Bench
Ruben Gotay had an oh-fer yesterday and there’s a lefty on the mound tonight so we’ll assume he’s back on the bench. However, we’ll also assume that Damion Easley is starting in his place, and he’s batting over .300 against David Wells lifetime — so no biggie.
Games or Auditions?
This past weekend’s four-game set with the Reds may have been as much an evaluation as a competition. Cincinnati’s season is as dead as a doornail, and GM Wayne Krivsky is making just about everyone on the roster available. The Mets might be interested in pitchers Bronson Arroyo or David Weathers, or a veteran bat such as Jeff Conine. Surely fans would love to see Ken Griffey Jr. come to Shea, but a $16.5M option for 2009 automatically kicks in if he’s traded — making his acquistion sould more like a Yankee deal than an Omar deal. Though, if Omar wants to be really brave, he’d make a whammy of a trade and pry away Brandon Phillips to play second base. I think the chance of Conine coming this way is a bit more likely, but you never know.
Hot on Our Heels
Don’t look now, but the Braves are breathing down our backs, only a game and a half behind in second place. The scary thing is, they’re doing this with John Smoltz on the DL and Andruw Jones struggling to stay above the Mendoza Line. Guess what — Andruw is heating up, Smoltz will be coming back soon, and I’m getting scared.
While the Braves are surging, the Phillies are slipping. They’re now five games behind, and are in danger of being passed by the Marlins. We must congratulate them, however, on their 10,000th loss — the most of any professional franchise in the history of sport. Think about that — a team could lose 100 games a season for fifty years and only be halfway there.