NEW YORK (WFAN) — Mike Pelfrey’s spring stats usually aren’t so hot — and this year has been no different.
According to the New York Daily News, certain members of the Mets’ front office were ready to give up on the 6-foot-7 hurler.
It was “suggested” during a recent meeting that the team release Pelfrey before Opening Day, the paper reported, though “none of the uniformed staff” would endorse the plan.
Well, the 28-year-old certainly made his case to stay Thursday.
Pelfrey, who entered his latest spring start with an 11.49 ERA, looked strong over 6 1/3 innings. He gave up one run on three hits, leading the Mets to a 9-1 win over the Houston Astros.
“I look at a couple things like the ball coming good again,” Pelfrey said. “Command was by far the best it’s been all spring training. I thought I did a good job of keeping the ball down. Obviously, (there were) a lot of groundballs from that.”
Command is right. The right-hander didn’t give up a single walk.
“But it is spring training,” said Pelfrey. “At the end of the day, I felt good, I felt strong and I thought it was pretty good.”
Mets manager Terry Collins was thrilled with the difference in Pelfrey, who has been working on an altered delivery with pitching coach Dan Warthen.
“I saw a power sinker that had great movement, beating it in the dirt,” Collins said. “He threw his curveball for strikes. (Catcher) Josh (Thole) said his splitter was outstanding.”
Collins added “it was really a step forward for him.”
A first-round pick in 2005, Pelfrey has gone 50-54 with a 4.40 ERA over six seasons with New York, alternating between up- and down-years.
“I think any time you have a good outing, you have to feel good about,” said Collins. “He’s a pro and he’s been here a long time and he might downplay it, but I was real happy with what I saw. I saw all the things today that I’ve heard about.”
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