By Mike Steffanos
Game 85: Mets 11 - Cardinals 1
This will, of necessity, have to be a quick post. I've got a bunch of people waiting for me to burn some burgers for them.
First of all, I'd like to wish all of you a happy Fourth of July. Enjoy the day -- and try not to blow up any body parts you might need down the road.
I've always been one to advocate patience with Mike Pelfrey, believing that he would become a solid major league pitcher. I saw some positive things from him early on when he was losing one game after another. However, even I can't pretend I thought he'd turn it around so quickly.
When he was knocked around by the Marlins on May 26 and dropped to 2-6, Pelfrey's rotation spot looked like anything but a sure thing. Seven starts later, everything looks different. The kid looks confident on the mound, he's throwing strikes, and I no longer feel as if he's always one pitch from disaster. Not bad for a 24-year-old who some were already willing to label as a bust.
Now the Mets head into Philly for 4 games that might make them relevant again or bury them. All I hope for is that they continue to play hard and give a good account of themselves. They've looked better of late, but I'm still wary of buying into that. Frankly, I don't have a clue of what to expect this weekend. Nothing would surprise me -- good or bad.
Back to the burgers.