The first week of the season was like a dream. John Maine and Oliver Perez were lights out. El Duque looked like he was 30 again. This week things aren’t looking so great. The Mets are still tied for first place with the Braves at 7-3. But we can see why everyone was so concerned about the pitchers before the season started. Maine and Perez both struggled in their second starts. Last night Mike Pelfrey came back from the minors and was shaky, wild, and didn’t even make it out of the sixth inning (the benchmark for a quality start).
I know the cold wet weather has been dreadful in the early part of the season. Today is a perfect mid-50’s day for baseball but there’s a big storm coming in that should last for the next three days. There’s no discounting that the terrible April weather has affected the game for many teams.
The Mets really miss Pedro Martinez. They need that #1 starter. For most teams Glavine would be a 2, El Duque a 4, Maine a 5, and Perez and Pelfrey would be honing their skills in AAA. I know that Oliver Perez has flashes of brilliance, but he’s frustratingly inconsistent. Mike Pelfrey just needs more time to prepare to face major league hitters. He even had a rough start in single A last week in Florida.
Even with these obvious deficiencies, I think the Mets are in better shape than they were last season. Jose Lima made four starts last year. I think that says it all! We’re going to see Aaron Sele or Chan Ho Park making starts at some point in the near future. I’m not excited by that prospect, but it’s no fun watching Perez and Pelfrey walking every other batter either.