The Tongue is Mightier...
More about Mike Pelfrey's dominance over the Asstros in a minute.
It's time for my daily carping about the WBC. So I see the Mets aren't worried about David Wright's toe.
When Manuel was asked Thursday if Wright should have been kept in the game, there was no room for ambiguity. "He probably shouldn't have played if he felt he had a broken toe," he said. "No question about that."
Complicating matters was the fact that the US had no replacement for Wright, who won Tuesday's game with a two-run single with one out in the ninth...When Manuel was told of the empty bench, he seemed puzzled. "I don't know about that," he said. "That's interesting."
Add to that, some fat slug's abuse of our brand new bazillion dollar closer:
The Mets have other reasons to worry. Venezuela manager Luis Sojo went back on his pledge to rest Francisco Rodriguez and used him for an inning Wednesday - in a non-save situation in a relatively meaningless game. That's on top of back-to-back four-out saves. But Manuel tried to put the best spin possible on that as well.
"I'm not really concerned," Manuel said. "I think what he has shown us with this tournament is he can be a guy we can count on for four outs. I think that's if it's necessary or if it fits. It's something that we thought would be out of the question or we would not go down that road. But because of this, we feel that hey, we can test that as well, if need be."
No, it's a damn outrage. The Mets management should be worried. Half-assed is not good enough when you're talking about the integrity of the roster. Doh'mar just spent the summer negotiating with these guys, agonizing no doubt over every little bit of their value and worth, only to immediately turn around and put their season at risk by authorizing this crap? These games are unnecessary even in the context of the meaningless WBC! That is a damn Russian nesting doll of unnecessity!!
Big Pelf just flat abused them Houstonians today. And seeing as I had to watch the Astros demolish the Mets in person last season, and how the Astros will be filling the last weekend spoiler role this season, this seems more significant.
To balance out my negativity, this slightly hyperbolic article by the normally grouchy Marty "Pants" Noble about the grandeur that is Pelfrey will make you happy, even if you retain your post-"Generation K" skepticism. Here are some highlights with my fave parts in bold:
The Mets aimed high when they used the ninth selection in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft to choose Pelfrey. The right-hander remains on course to be the most successful pitcher the club has drafted, signed, developed and retained since Dwight Gooden. Even now, as Pelfrey approaches his second full season in the big leagues, only the presence of Johan Santana separates him from top-dog billing in the rotation.
The ease with which Pelfrey handled the Astros was one thing. The way he did it, using both sides of the plate, was even more impressive. Pitching coach Dan Warthen allowed Pelfrey to experiment with the "Greg Maddux pitch," a front-door sinker, similar to the one Livan Hernandez threw effectively on Wednesday. The front-door sinker is a pitch thrown by a right-handed pitcher to a left-handed batter that breaks back over the inside of the plate.
With that front-door sinker, a natural two-seam fastball that threatens the feet of right-handed hitters, a changeup and the curve that has replaced his discarded slider, Pelfrey has developed a nasty repertoire.
Exciting. I admit.