By Mike Steffanos
Game 64: Mets 5 - Diamondbacks 3 (13)
On April 15, Mike Pelfrey picked up his second win of the season vs. the Nationals. Almost two months later, he's still waiting for his third. Now, he certainly hasn't been perfect, but here are four starts since then that should have netted him a win:
- 5/10 CIN 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 3 K, 1 BB
- 5/15 WAS 7.2 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 4 K, 3 BB
- 5/31 LAD 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 6 K, 1 BB
- 6/5 @SDP 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 H, 1 K, 3 BB
Not only did Pelfrey fail to pick up a win in any of those games, but he actually took the loss against the Reds and the Nats. It's tough for a young guy to learn to pitch aggressively when his team can't score runs for him.
Last night Mike was even better, but Billy Wagner's failure to hold a 3-run lead in the ninth doomed him to another no decision.
Still, it's fairly obvious that the 2005 first round pick -- while still a work in progress -- is actually making progress. Although he still has some way to go on the off-speed stuff, pitching aggressively on a regular basis would give Pelfrey a chance to win and develop at the major league level. It's reminiscent of Maine in 2005, whose aggressiveness with the heater offset the relative ineffectiveness of his other pitches.
Not much else to say. I'll give them credit for pulling this one out. The bullpen gave them a chance, and Beltran was able to finally win the thing. You take an win as they come right now.