OK, so he didn’t say it in exactly those words, but Brian Schneider made his feeling known tonight about how the Mets should handle Mike Pelfrey â€” without the kid gloves.
It’s an interesting debate, especially after Pelfrey threw his first complete game of his career. He’s now at 154 innings for the year. He threw 152.2 last year in the minors and majors combined.
As I said earlier and I’m sure many of you know, statistical evidence says pitchers who throw 30 or 40 more innings than the year before often have arm trouble â€” either now or in the future. If Pelfrey has six or seven starts left and averages about six or seven innings a start, he will exceed that threshold. And that’s even before team thinks about pitching him deep into the playoffs.
It’s something to consider.
Anyway, we asked Schneider what he thought of watching Pelfrey late in the season. Here’s what he said:
â€œWeâ€™re in the thick of things. Itâ€™s hard to take innings away from someone who helps you out so much.â€
It’s hard to argue that if you’re a member of the team or a Mets fan. But remember what happened to Clay Buchholz last year with the Red Sox. The Mets aren’t known as graduates of the Bill James school of baseball, but it’s worth watching from now until the end of September.