Mike Pelfrey has had a less than stellar start to the 2011 season. In his first two starts he’s pitched 6.1 innings allowing 12 hits, 11 earned runs and 5 walks while striking out only 3 batters. His ERA is 15.63.
Before the season started many said that in the likely event that the Mets are not in contention Pelfrey would be a trade candidate. This makes perfect sense. He’s in his 5th season with the Mets (not counting 4 late season appearances in 2006) and has shown flashes over that period. A team that’s in contention could do a lot worse than Big Pelf.
For some reason I’ve seen an uptick in headlines and Twitter messages calling for the Mets to trade Pelfrey since opening day. It appears that many are of the opinion that he should be traded sooner rather than later.
This makes no sense at all to me. For one thing you never trade a guy based on just 2 starts. And why would you trade one of you best bargaining chips while he’s slumping?
The season is still very young. Give the guy some time. He’ll put together some good outings that will up his stock heading toward the trade deadline. When we get toward the end of June we can start talking about a trade if the Mets are not contending. But right now it’s too early.