Report: Mets Gauge Mike Pelfrey’s Interest In Becoming Next Season’s Closer

NEW YORK (WFAN) — If you watch the games or read the box scores, you know the Mets’ bullpen is bad.

Relievers have yielded at least one run in 21 of 26 games. On Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers, the bullpen wasted a nice effort by starter R.A. Dickey, giving up four runs — three earned — en route to a 6-2 loss.

Over that 26-game span, New York’s bullpen has recorded six losses and a 5.95 ERA.

To make matters worse, the Mets are now six games under .500 for the first time since May 4.

So what’s the answer? It might just be Mike Pelfrey.

According to the New York Daily News, the Mets have discussed the possibility of converting Pelfrey to the closer role for 2012.

The paper reported that when manager Terry Collins asked Pelfrey if he’d be interested in closing next season, the starter responded: “Absolutely.”

But not so fast. The Daily News added that Mets general manager Sandy Alderson “did not hatch” the plan and “is said to be averse to it.”

If the GM isn’t keen on the idea, it likely won’t happen. But the Mets will have to do something about their sub par pen.

“I should’ve stayed with R.A,” a frustrated Collins said after the loss on Sunday. “I thought we’d play to win there. (The bullpen) just can’t stop anybody.”

Should the Mets make Pelfrey their closer next season? Sound off below…

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  • Keith Weber

    Pelfrey will never be a pitcher. Closer, starter, or middle reliever. He has the tools. But, not the mental makeup. Cut ties, now.

  • Ron Davis

    I see the same thing from Pelfrey that Looper and Heilman did as Mets closers Lets not take the gamble. Nothing he does gives me the feeling he will be any different as a closer then a starter this year. this guy needs to be moved to a new organization. He is one of the problems not one of the soluttions. He is very overrated.

  • Alva Collins

    Pelfrey may have the same problem Izzy had.
    let Pelfrey pich closer stuf and see what happens. Mets have history of doing things wrong give this a shot.


  • Ron Davis

    Its time for him to leave the organization not change to pen. Time for him to be a ex Met.

  • Anthony

    The guy gives up so many first inning runs….It wont work.

  • Ron Davis

    i have no issue with him getting shifted to the pen but not closer. He is a terrible pitcher i say we need to upgrade our pen for 2012 not rely on guys like Pelf. I say trade him get whatever you can and move im.

  • Dann Russo

    uh oh. this sounds like Ollie Perez talk to me…

  • Ron Davis

    don’t put him as a closer a setup guy or long relief ok but not closer. He should be traded get something back not much but get something the guy is terrible

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