Mike Pelfrey let up 6 runs and 8 hits, exiting the game in the 3rd inning.
Right now, he’s just ‘throwing the baseball,’ he’s not ‘pitching.’ In moments of pressure, it’s like he’s aiming the ball, as each pitch is ending up right over the heart of the plate – and guys are just crushing it. What’s worst, none of his pitches have any bite. Immediately after the game, Ron Darling suggested Pelfrey dial it back a bit, return to basics, do what he does best. That’s fine. Sure. In either case, I hope he makes an adjustment or two some place, but then also continues to make adjustments during the game, because he looks confused, predictable and not very confident.
He talked to reporters after the game, and basically said:
- He was ‘awful.’
- He was behind in the count a lot, and didn’t make good pitches.
- He got beat with his third and fourth best pitches.
- His split-finger was good tonight, yet he only threw it three times.
- He has to be better, especially when the team scores 7 runs.
- He feels badly for the bullpen, who had to pitch 6 innings.
- His mechanics are fine, he just ‘screwed around too much,’ using too many sliders and too many curve balls, “and that’s not my game.”
To listen to Pelfrey’s talk with reporters, click play here: