On Pelfrey: One run in four innings is good, but he also gave up six hits. That’s not a good ratio and indicates he wasn’t sharp.
He said: “It was one of those days when my fastball command wasn’t there. I threw more sliders and change-ups.’’
A decision one way or another won’t be made off this game, but he does need more work.
On the speed issue: A lot of good comments. The essence of Willie Randolph’s thoughts on being aggressive on the bases is that helps an offense in it can jumpstart things during a slump. Being aggressive isn’t just stealing, and no, the slow guys aren’t going to be running a lot.
Being aggressive is taking the extra base; it is running to stay out of the double play; it is forcing outfielders to make a throw.
Sure, there are times when it back fires, but the upside should be greater. For example, take a guy like Carlos Beltran. His success ratio is just under 90 percent. If he attempts 20 more steals, let’s say he gets thrown out four more times. That’s four outs, but it is also 16 times he put himself into scoring position.