Big Pelf Makes BGWW Eat Some Crow
June 9, 2010
No I have not been in hiding. I have been wanting to post some thoughts for quite some time now, but that real life stuff just keeps getting in the way. Finally, I thought that enough was enough. I will just have to create some time in order to man up and admit that I was wrong.
The crux of this admission is about Mike Pelfrey, and how he has proven to date how much better he is than what I wrote about him in the preseason. To point out the obvious, I was dead wrong on this one.
The only thing Big Pelf has done has re-create himself from a hittable pitcher into a Cy Young contender in just one season. That is, at least through the first two and a half months of the 2010 season. The turnaround has been staggering. He currently holds an ERA of 2.23 and has a record of 8-1 in 12 starts. Last season his ERA was a horrendous 5.04 while finishing at 10-12, which is not so terrible considering his high ERA and hittable stuff last year. He is averaging nearly 6 2/3 innings per start in 2010, compared to under 6 innings per start in 2009. His WHIP is a low 1.17 this year, compared to 1.52 last year.
In layman’s terms, he was very hittable last year, and is anything but that to date this year. So why the about-face in productivity? Is it perhaps that his stuff is suddenly better? Is it a matter of confidence? Or, is it the fact that he was determined to show up this year slimmed down and in better shape? Your guess is as good as mine. The reality is that he is growing more confident with every start, and is becoming more pleasurable to watch than even Johan Santana. He has proven the naysayers (yes, yours truly) wrong, and appears destined to be selected to his first All-Star appearance.
One thing is certain. A man has to admit when he is wrong. I hope I have done that with this post. Ah, I feel better.