After 12 years in the majors, and 7 of those years with the Mets, Mike Pelfrey has decided to hang up the cleats.
“Big Pelf” was our big guy before Noah Syndergaard was our big guy. He pitched during an interesting time for the Mets. He arrived in 2006 when the team seemed to be poised for back to back postseason runs. But he instead ended up being one of the few constants during what could be considered lost years for the team in the late 2000s/early 2010s. Pelf’s ERA wasn’t anything astronomical at that time. He would never be considered the ace of that rotation, especially with R.A. Dickey floating around in the mix.
And yet still, in 2010 it was Mike Pelfrey’s jersey that I wanted. His 2010 season was also one of his best with the Mets. Especially on a team that would end up finishing 4th in the NL East that year. In a rotation that also featured the likes of Johan Santana, Pelfrey still managed to post a 3.66 ERA and a FIP of 3.82. Just by comparison, Santana’s FIP that year was only just slightly lower at 3.54.
Pelf was a first-round pick by the Mets back in 2005. They clearly saw something special in him, whether or not he ended up living up to those expectations. As far as I’m concerned Pelf gave the Mets something they haven’t seen from their starters in the last few seasons. Consistency. His career ERA may have stayed north of 4.00, but he was always out there on the mound giving the Mets those innings. He pitched 150 innings or more between 2008 and 2011.
Pelfrey is by no means a Hall of Famer, nor even a legend by the Mets standards. But he was still one of my favorite’s to watch on the mound, and at the very least I have fond memories of the days he pitched. Which is more than I could say for some of the other Mets pitchers of the past.