This is a big day for Mike Pelfrey. He’s been good all spring. The most effective of the fifth starter candidates, but there’s always been the underlying feeling that because he needs to refine his secondary pitches, that he might go to the minors if there’s an effective alternative.
Chan Ho Park has been so-so. Not as good as Pelfrey. If Pelfrey has a solid outing against Detroit, I can see the Mets seriously considering him as the fifth starter over Park.
Here’s a look at the fifth-starter derby:
Mike Pelfrey: Rookie has pitched better than expected.
Chan Ho Park: Has been hot-and-cold, which is the job description of a fifth starter.
Aaron Sele: Has not been effective and won’t stick.
Jason Vargas: Could be more valuable as a reliever.
Jorge Sosa: I see him sticking in the bullpen.
Phil Humber: Will go to the minors.
Alay Soler: Was waived Tuesday.
It looks like it is between Pelfrey and Park. Who do you choose?