Let’s say Mike Pelfrey gets rocked tonight by the Phillies. He could say,“I’ll be better next time,’’ and he would be right.
Win or lose tonight, Pelfrey will make another start. Such knowledge gives him a sense of comfort he’s never had in the major leagues, because with Orlando Hernandez on the disabled list indefinitely, Pelfrey knows he’s not going anywhere.
“It definitely helps, because if you do poorly you donâ€™t have to look over your shoulder,â€™â€™ Pelfrey said. “I feel comfortable and I feel relaxed.â€™â€™
Pelfrey will make his third start of the season, and second against the Phillies. Pelfrey beat Philadelphia, 8-2, at Shea, April 9, giving up two runs in five innings.