Concentration Still an Issue for Big Pelf 

At this point everyone agrees Mike Pelfrey has the stuff to be a front line starter unfortunately his focus still betrays him too frequently.

Pelf still easily slips into a black hole of his own frustration when things dont go smoothly.

Case in point from Sun afternoon:

A Brett Gardner comebacker scooted through Pelf’s legs under his mitt and into centerfield for a leadoff hit to open the (about to be fatal) 7th.

Cameras showed Pelfrey pacing behind the mound visibly frustrated shaking his head and muttering to himself about not making the play. BMF has seen those mental breaks from him before and I immed knew he was in trouble.

Sure enough Pelfrey walked the very next batter on 5 pitches. Then with Cervelli squaring around to bunt Pelf drills him almost in the head. The yanks wanted to give us an out but Pelfrey was too rattled to take it.

Collins and Warthen should’ve come with the hook right there. Maybe they haven’t seen Pelfrey mentally break enough times but it was painfully clear it was time for him to go.

But he didn’t and the Yankees swamped us with 8 runs in the frame. God watching that inning reminded ms how much a friggin hate the Yankees. 

15 Responses to “Concentration Still an Issue for Big Pelf ”

  1. cleonjones Says:

    I saw the same thing and knew we were in trouble- when is Pelf going to get it together ??? Lets go Mets !!!!!!!!!! I hate losing to the Yankees- my buddies are letting me have it this morning- I Hope and Pray Gary Carter will be better-

  2. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    If everybody saw and knows the same thing, and you would certainly think the coaches know it and more than us, why did they let him stay in so long.

    Maybe the hit and a walk, but after that I am going to the pen!

    TC makes spome strange managerial decisions over the couse of the season!

  3. Howard Says:

    Here is why we lost the series yesterday… Jason Bay! We all knew that the 3-1 lead would not hold up forever. Jason Bay repeatedly comes up to bat with men on base and repeatedly goes back to the dugout with the same men on the bases. If he could ever of gotten a hit, we could have extended the lead and the entire complexion of the game changes.

    I have seen enough of this guy for a year and a half. He is done. He has no power, does not hit for average, strikes out a million times. But yes, lets applaud him as he himself does for keeping up his defense.

    Why not try to eat some of his contract and trade Bay to some schmuck who thinks he will turn it around with them.

    Lets hope Carter is ok.

  4. Fort Greene Met Fan Says:

    I can’t believe these Fred Wilpon quotes in the New Yorker. Seriously, I HOPE he’s lost his mind or gone senile, there is no other excuse but sheer stupidity:

  5. IrishMike Says:

    I saw those quotes too. Why is everyone making such a big deal out of them? They seem pretty accurate.

  6. cleonjones Says:

    Howard Says: I agree with you about Bay. I am waiting and waiting for him to bust out. WHEN ???? This guy use to hit 30hrs and 100 rbis- WTH happened ??? Lets go Mets !!!!

  7. BlondiesJake Says:

    IrishMike, the comments may be accurate, but you don’t say them if you’re the owner and either hoping to re-sign guys or hoping to get as much trade value as possible. It’s just plain stupid, but then again, that seems to be the Mets way.

  8. Howard Says:

    Exactly about Wilpon.. What does it accomplish to make the statements that Fred Wilpon has made? Why not make some quotes about what a freaking moron his son is.. you remember Jeff Wilpon, right?? The President of the NY Mets who does not have a college degree.

  9. Cowcrusher Says:

    Somehow Wilpon may be acting “senile”…any investor who wants to see the Mets succeed will put in more bux than usual just to save the team. Take somebody like Seinfeld who would then throw the bux in just to keep Reyes and that’s less money Fred has to give up. Fred makes money by not spending his. It’s a bait and switch situation…just my .02

  10. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    Heading out to Wrigley field for the frst time tomorrow to catch the Mets / Cubs on Wed. night and sitting in the bleachers for the day game on Thurday!


  11. IrishMike Says:

    Sorry guys I just don’t see the big deal. I’m not saying that they help any but I don’t see any downside. Maybe he was trying to juice Wright (who has been underperforming), send a message to Reyes that huge money isn’t out there so think about staying here, and poke a little fun at himself for signing Beltran to such a big contract. Will it work? Doubtful but who cares?

    The two “huge” sports stories this morning were this and Joakim noah calling a heckling fan a fa—t. I found both stories to be totally yawn-worthy but that’s just me. Plus the fact that they pale in comparison to the fact that the world was supposed to end.

  12. AintSuchThingAsARationalMetsFan Says:

    Wilpons PLEEEEAAASSSSEEEEE sell the team!!!!

  13. JoMama Says:

    I read Wilpon’s comments too - although the guy is a mental midget, most of what he says is fairly accurate. I don’t like him denigrating my team but Beltran is overpaid, Reyes can’t stay healthy (but is amazing when he is) and Wright is NOT an all star.

  14. Met_Maven Says:

    What Fred said was true. It’s what the fans have been saying. I don’t like that he stated this publicly but the article seems to take away the image the fans have of him not caring about the team or winning. Please note: I am not sticking up for Wilpon. As for losing the series, Pelf should have been taken out at the first sign of trouble. This wasn’t the game to give him a chance to work through his problems. Collins should have went right to the pen. For a team that wasn’t supposed to even sniff .500 this far into the year, I’m glad we at least got one win and the boys from the farm have shown more fight than any big signings have in the past few years. Hopefully we come back from Chicago with a winning record.

  15. Helix Says:

    Yet more evidence that Pelfrey is not a major league pitcher… a talented pitcher yes, but not ready for the bigs. These histrionics may fly in little league, or high school or maybe even in college, but if you’re getting paid his salary and STILL can not stay focused on the task at hand, then you’re not cut out to pitch in MLB.

    I’m probably more disappointed in TC’s enabling managing style of expecting more from Pelfrey’s “potential” than accepting reality. Reality shows that he has a neurotic, headcase on the mound that can’t get past any adversity he encounters.

    It sure ain’t helpin’ the team much and leaves the fan base at the mercy of their cross-town adversaries. I’m sick of it…

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