Mets execs considered cutting Pelf, who says truth hurts

In a report for the Daily News today, Andy Martino said team executives and coaches recently discussed releasing Mike Pelfrey before Opening Day.

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March 30, 11:11 am: “Hey, the truth hurts sometimes,” Pelfrey told Martino this morning, regarding the Daily News report.

Pelfrey also said he knows Mets fans are down on him right now, and he realizes that he has to pitch better this season.

Despite conversations, Martino said in his report that no one from the coaching staff was in favor of releasing Pelfrey.

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Matthew Cerrone: Pelfrey has a non-guaranteed contract, according to multiple reports, which means, to avoid paying the full money, he needed to be released by a specific date. So, given how he’s pitched of late (and last season), the team should have talked through every option. However, it makes ZERO sense to cut Pelfrey now, especially since there is no obvious choice to replace him in the rotation. At the very least, the Mets are smart to let him start the year and hope he raises his value enough to make trading him an option – assuming they’re set on eventually moving on without him.

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Last night, Pelfrey allowed one run on three hits in 6.1 innings, during which he struck out three and walked no one.

To read more about last night’s start,

Following his outing, Pelfrey told reporters he was pleased, saying:

[jbox color=”gray”]”For me, if the ball is coming out good, and I feel good, I think I’m going to be OK. I know last start I pounded it and threw a lot of strikes and the ball was coming out good. And today I thought I did a good job of locating even better. I was pretty pleased. … And I’ve been saying ever since two weeks ago when I faced these guys that the ball is starting to come out [well] and we’re getting there.”[/jbox]

In five starts this spring, Pelfrey has 8.59 ERA through 22 innings pitched, during which he’s allowed 31 hits, 21 runs and six walks.

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Michael Baron: I hope things clicked for Pelfrey last night. He looked great. He was efficient. He threw strikes, stayed aggressive and had his fastball velocity in the low 90s. Most important, though, he had a downward action on all of his pitches, which is something that has been consistently missing since 2010. He should get one more outing before Opening Day, so hopefully he can end his spring training on a high note. In either case, this was a big step in a positive direction for a pitcher the Mets sorely need to have a big year in 2012.

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To listen to Pelfrey and David Wright talk to reporters after last night’s game, watch this:

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To read more about Pelfrey’s performance last night, as well as get comments from Terry Collins, check out Newsday, ESPN New York, and the Bergan Record.