I'd love to sit here and tell you that I legitimately thought Mike Pelfrey was going to go 27-2 with a 1.73 ERA this season.
But he wasn't as good as his 4-0 record and 0.69 ERA entering Saturday's start.
He's not, though, as bad as his 6-run, 7-hit fourth inning Saturday at Citizens Bank Park.
Mike Pelfrey is somewhere in between, and if he doesn't give up too many 6-run innings, he's still going to have a fine year.
The law of averages caught up with Pelfrey in that fourth inning.
And to be honest, I think he's more likely this year to pitch like he did in his previous five starts than the way he did Saturday.
Mike Pelfrey has not pitched well in his career in Philadelphia. (In 4 starts there before Saturday he had given up 17 earned runs in 21 innings.) It's a tough place for pitchers, and that fourth inning became a hitters' inning - there were a couple of close outs and even the homer to right seemed to carry further than it should have.
Bottom line - it's a shame Mike Pelfrey's record is no longer perfect.
And he is not going to win the 2010 National League Cy Young Award.
But he can still have a pretty good season.
And it's a shame the Mets' winning streak ended with such a thud on Saturday.
But the quicker they shake that loss off, and Mike Pelfrey shakes off his bad start, the easier it will be for them to still have a pretty good season.
*The San Francisco Giants are wearing orange jerseys for Friday night home games this season. They're bright. But it's different. I like it.
*My good friend Justin at Sports Crackle Pop! has another great review of Sports Illustrated this week
. (I think the past two have been his best.) My only problem with this issue (note how I avoided saying "my only issue about this issue") is that they tout it as Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, and Andy Pettitte having never sat down for lunch alone before. This was the first time. But I say, No it wasn't, because Tom Verducci was also there.
*A rough end to the season for Hall of Famer Gary Carter and the PBAU Sailfish. They dropped a doubleheader Saturday to finish the season at 17-24, on a 5-game losing streak. When we last checked in, the Sailfish were hot, streaking to a 12-10 record after a rough start (0-6 to start the season). That means 5-14 the rest of the way. Not a great year, but it's all relative - it was a 10-win improvement from a year ago. It'll be interesting to see what they do next year, if Gary Carter sticks around. I wonder, with this season ending so early, if he'll be actively seeking something at the major league level, or if he's really content being close to home and laboring in obscurity.
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