Mike Pelfrey was awful, but now on track

Last night against the Pirates, Mike Pelfrey let up just two runs in seven innings pitched last night for his 15th win of the season.

Also, he is 10-3 in Citi Field this season.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Pelfrey joins Rick Reed and Mike Hampton as only the third Mets pitcher over the last 20 seasons to win at least 10 home games in one season.

Pelfrey was having a very good season, then had a BRUTAL seven-week, mid-summer stretch going 3–7 in 10 starts with a 7.35 ERA, which is about when the wheels came off the Mets wagon.

However, he has since pulled it together, and rebounded, going 5–3 with a 3.06 ERA in his last eight starts.

Pelfrey is working more quickly between pitches, he has a nice pace going of late and is looking to have that swagger again… also, he’s giving up less line drives, and balls that are hit are dropping less often for base hits, which could be luck, but could also be a by-product of a team that, despite the standings, has been playing very well in the field of late.

Following the game, Pelfrey told reporters:

“I feel good.  Coming in to the year I wanted to win 15 games, that was one of the goals I set, and to throw 200 innings.  So, we have three more starts to get there.  Hopefully we can pile on a couple more wins… So far the season has been good.  I had one God awful month.  Awful.  But, I think, beside that, the big picture has been good… I think when you start to struggle you’ve got find a way to get back on track.  It took me seven starts or so to find it, it’s longer than I would have liked, but I feel I’m back where I need to be.”

I was worried about Pelfrey for a bit there, but I’m thrilled to see him pull through and get his season back on track.