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Newsday: Pelfrey May Debut Friday Night

Mike SteffanosTuesday, July 4, 2006
By Mike Steffanos

For those of you who, like me, are scared sh*tless by the thought of Jose Lima starting another game for the Mets, Anthony Rieber and Ken Davidoff are reporting in tomorrow's Newsday that the Mets are mulling over calling up Mike Pelfrey for Friday night's start.

As always, it's that ubiquitous anonymous team source that Rieber and Davidoff quote:

Mike Pelfrey could make his major-league debut Friday night at Shea Stadium against the Marlins. According to a team official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the Mets are seriously considering a call-up of their top pick from the 2005 amateur draft.

Pelfrey, 22, has won four of his last five starts for Double-A Binghamton. He has a 4-2 record and 2.71 ERA in 12 starts, walking 26, striking out 77 and allowing 60 hits in 66 1/3 innings. He made his most recent start Saturday, a seven-inning, 11-strikeout victory over New Hampshire.

General manager Omar Minaya said Tuesday he doesn't feel motivated to promote Pelfrey to have a better idea of the team's needs with the July 31 non-waivers trading deadline approaching. But he also didn't rule him out for Friday.

"We planned our season without him in the major leagues," Minaya said. "The goal is to develop him."

I know that they don't want to rush Pelfrey, and as someone that wishes to see this team develop talent I have to respect that. Still, there will be some positive buzz if Pelfrey pitches, and somehow I don't think Lima will provide that. A lot hinges on whether Pedro takes a start before the break.

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Comments (5)

I want to see Pelfrey pitch

Especially over Lima...

Over everyone, unless Pedro is ready to go; Lima should not be anywhere close to a major league clubhouse ever again. I've read elsewhere(and I think I agree with that writer), that Gerald "Ice" Williams and Lima must have compromising pictures of Omar. Free Mike Pelfrey, and any other young pitcher(Henry Owens comes to mind); anyone except Lima!

Unless Lima is there for long-man duties, I scared!

And what's Felicano doing calling out Willie like that?

Dave, I think he's going to pitch. I forgot, there are actually 3 slots open this weekend -- Friday night and both games Saturday if Pedro doesn't pitch. Maine will pitch one of Saturday's games, but even if they pitch Pelfrey on Friday it's still probably Lima time for the other Saturday games.

As for Feliciano, calling the manager "stupid" is not a good idea. He'd better pitch really well for the rest of the year.

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