Earlier today, the Mets placed left fielder Jason Bay on the 15-day DL. The hits keep on coming, as the team has also placed starter Mike Pelfrey on the DL with swelling in his right elbow.
Pelfrey really hasn’t lived up to the high expectations placed on him by the New York media after being drafted ninth overall in the 2005 draft. That, of course, was the loaded draft that saw Justin Upton, Alex Gordon, Jordan Zimmermann, Ryan Braun, Ricky Romero, and Troy Tulowitzki drafted before Pelfrey, and Cameron Maybin, Andrew McCutchen, and Jay Bruce drafted in the three picks following Pelfrey.
For his career, Pelfrey has a 4.36 ERA in nearly 900 career innings. He’s only struck out 5.08 batters per nine innings, while walking 3.19. The Mets expected an ace performance out of Pelfrey after he blazed through the minors, only throwing 176 1/3 innings there. However, he’s given them more of the production of a fourth starter, showing a lack of ability to miss bats, but eating innings at an admirable rate.
So far this year, Pelfrey has made three starts, and has a 2.29 ERA in 19 2/3 innings. He’s already 28 years-old, and is making $5.687 million this year. Pelfrey is under Mets’ team control for one more season, and will be a free agent following the 2013 season.
When you see that a pitcher has an elbow injury, you immediately think the worst. If Pelfrey is able to come back in a couple of weeks, it may alleviate the fears of Mets fans, but if the swelling drops and a bigger problem is found, he could have possibly thrown his last pitch as a Met. While he’s not an ace, he’s still a capable innings eater that can give you a two win year. You expect more than that out of a top ten pick in the draft, but with their current situation, I think the Mets would take that at this point in time.