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Adam Rubin, in a post to his blog for the Daily News, is reporting that the Mets have now officially declined the option for reliever J.J. Putz.

In addition, the Mets announced that they have exercised the $500,000 option on Mike Pelfrey.

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Prior to tonight's game, Jerry Manuel told reporters that Mike Pelfrey will not make his scheduled start on Sunday against the Astros at Citi Field.

Manuel told reporters:

"This will be it for him...He will get a chance to kind of reflect back on the season, what was good and what he went through. I think it was a really growing experience for him. It's all for the good. It's all a part of the growth of a young pitcher."

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After last night's 6-5 loss to the Nationals, Mike Pelfrey addressed the media, and said:

"I had good stuff, you know, but if you look at the box score, I made some bad pitches... I gave up a home run, and when I made a mistake, they hit it.? So, I don't view this as any good outing.? I had good stuff, but I didn't get the results.? So it's not a positive outing.''

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Mike Pelfrey was once again disappointing yesterday against the Phillies, allowing eight runs and ten hits including three home runs in six innings.

After the game, Pelfrey discussed his outing with reporters, saying:

"I thought I made some big mistakes - mistakes over the middle part of the plate...I'm disappointed, but we came back and won. That takes some of it away."

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Last night, Jerry Manuel had the following to after the game, when speaking about Mike Pelfrey, who allowed five runs in six innings against the D-Backs:

“He was OK, but nothing great… I would say when you see his stuff you still get excited, but there has to come a time of maturation or development where there has to be some consistently - and we’re just not getting that from him… He is a product of being inconsistent.  The inconsistently is a concern, the stuff is not.  We feel very confident that what he has is good enough to compete, but we need to see it on a more consistent basis, and we’re not seeing that.”

The thing is, the same can essentially be said for John Maine and Oliver Perez, as well… and, that would be OK, if Maine, Pelfrey and Perez didn’t make up the majority of what will likely be next season’s rotation.

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Bobby Parnell has been moved to the starting rotation and will start Saturday against the Padres.

In addition, Mike Pelfrey will start Monday in Arizona.

...as Matt reported earlier, it had been speculated that Parnell would take over for Jon Niese and i think that they have nothing to lose at this point by seeing what he has to offer as a starter...they need to explore all options at this point...

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Yesterday, in a loss to the D-Backs, Mike Pelfrey used 107 pitches through just five innings - he allowed five hits and three runs while walking three and striking out six.

it wasn’t an awful start, by any means, but it wasn’t a good start either… i like that he was able to keep it together, for the most part… there were a few occasions during which he was on the brink, and got out of the jam… he was able to, ‘keep his team in the game,’ as they say… and that’s fine… it’s just, against the D-Backs, in this Wild Card race, the Mets needed better…

Pelfrey said, following yesterday’s game:

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Last night, Mike Pelfrey allowed seven hits and walked three, but let up zero runs in 6.1 innings pitched for a win against the Rockies.

Pelfrey, speaking to reporters after the game, said of his start:

“I felt good.  I told you I felt good in my last start.  For me, I felt better today, I felt stronger, and hopefully that carries over in to my next couple of starts… I got in to some bases-loaded jams, and luckily I was able to get Barmes to pop up twice.  I might have had too much adrenaline going, I walked three guys, which I’d like to get better at, but I felt like when I got in to a jam I made a pitch when I had to.”

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Last night, in a loss to the Nationals, Mike Pelfrey allowed three runs? and six hits in seven innings, while walking and striking out two.

?it was a good start? not great? good? but, i can?t help but wonder the psychological impact of pitching for this team, when you know a) they can?t score a ton of runs, and b) there is essentially zero chance the offense will come from behind when losing?

Pelfrey is 3?5 with a?6.15 ERA in his last 10 starts, during which opponents are batting roughly .300 against him.

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The Mets have set their rotation for the start of the second half on Thursday.

Oliver Perez will start Thursday night against the Braves in Atlanta, followed by Mike Pelfrey on Friday, Johan Santana on Saturday, Fernando Nieve on Sunday, and Livan Hernandez on Monday against the Nationals in Washington.

Jerry Manuel told reporters that Jonathan Niese would take the place of a starter who has "three bad outings in a row", which seemingly would apply to Hernandez who in his last two starts is 0-2 with a 19.29 ERA, allowing 21 hits, eight walks, and 15 earned runs in his last seven innings and has lost his last four starts.

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Last night, in a win against the O’s, Mike Pelfrey allowed two runs and five hits through two outs in the sixth inning, before being removed with a runner on first.

Pelfrey set down the first 11 batters he faced.

it was text-book pelfrey, and the type of game i always hope to see him throw… he was working his fastball inside, setting up his sinker and off speed pitches away, and getting ground balls… unfortunately, he lost command in the sixth, and struggled… but, like Jerry Manuel said after the game, every pitcher is going to have that one inning during which they lose it a bit, the question is: how does he work to limit the damage

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Yesterday, Mike Pelfrey allowed nine hits and nine runs while walking four before being pulled from the game in the fourth inning.

Pelfrey told reporters, following the game:

“That’s the worst outing I’ve ever had… We fight back and we score three runs and I gave it away.  The second four runs kind of takes the wind out of everybody.  I take full responsibility for today.  I wouldn’t look at anybody else.  It’s my fault.  I pitched absolutely terrible.  I need to be better next time out… All day I just wasn’t executing pitches.  Just a terrible, terrible outing.”

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Mike Pelfrey, who allowed just one run and truck out six over 7.2 IP - his longest outing of the season,?talked with reporters after last night?s win against the?Marlins, and had the following to say about:

On his preformance:

"I know if go out there and pound the strikezone ?and use all my pitches to get ahead I know can go deep in the game. I try not to walk anybody and do my thing."
On Omir Santos' ability behind the plate:

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In last night’s loss to the Giants, Mike Pelfrey pitched to 25 batters, allowing just two runs and six hits in six innings pitched.

However, Pelfrey also tied a franchise record with three balks, and so he was pulled from the game having thrown just 78 pitches.

The Giants scored both of their runs in the same inning as the first two balks.

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In games when a Mets starting pitcher has thrown a Quality Start, i.e., at least six innings pitched and three or less runs allowed, the Mets are 12–3; they are 5–10 in games when they do not throw a Quality Start.

The Mets starting pitchers are 6-0 with a 2.44 ERA in their last seven starts, during which the team has not lost.

To me, success will always flow from the pitcher’s mound.  The team’s starting pitchers are doing well, which is clearly taking pressure off the offense, it is letting the bullpen get proper rest, and it’s allowing the team’s relief pitchers to settle in to specific roles – and so everything is clicking, they’re winning, believing, and all playing hard and free and with focus.

That said, the minute the starting pitchers hit a bump in the road, which I hope never happens, but I know it will, we’re all going to freak out again, because then the hitters will press, the bullpen will be in disorder, and every game will again look like a pinball machine on tilt.

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Last night, Mike Pelfrey allowed three runs and eight hits, while walking just one and striking out nobody, in seven innings.

Following the game, David Wright joked with reporters about Pelfrey keeping his strike-out-less streak in tact.

that’s funny… but, seriously, who cares… i worried about this for a moment too, because i feel like he’s just begging for trouble by putting so many runners on base… but, he isn’t walking any one either… yes, he is falling behind hitters, but he gets so many ground balls with that sinking two-seam fastball… he got 14 ground balls from the 28 batters he faced, including two double plays… and so, it seems like he’s commanding the inning better, and intentionally pitching to contact… eventually this season, he’ll get ahead of hitters, his off-speed pitches will return, and he’ll start being able to strike guys out… but, in the meantime, as long as there’s a game plan in place, and they’re executing it and it’s working, so be it

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The Mets have won four of their last five games, against the Braves and Phillies, and have won three in a row for the first time this season to get back to .500 at 13?13.

?and so, here we are again? it feels like a turning point? i feel like this team is about to go on a nice run, and i sense other fans agree, but, will they? will they get it going, or will they retreat?

?tonight is an important game? of course, it would complete a two-game sweep in the series over the Phillies? but, it would also close out a 12-game stretch against every team in the division, during which they could end up 8?4, and get them over .500, assuming they win?

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John Maine, Oliver Perez and Mike Pelfrey have a combined 7.83 ERA in eight starts.

In fact, the entire staff, minus Johan Santana, is 3–4 with a 6.89 ERA through 51 innings, during which opponents are batting .274 against them.

Maine is looking better.  He is making good pitches, ‘they’re just missing by a hair,’ as he says, or he’s not getting the call.  The discussion about Maine has actually switched from concern over his shoulder to concern over his confidence.  In the end, I trust he’ll be fine.

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Mike Pelfrey threw from a mound today and told reporters he should be ready to start for the Mets on Saturday, reports Adam Rubin on his blog for the Daily News.

By the way, Ryan Church will return to the lineup tonight, starting in right field and batting sixth.

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The Mets announced today that Mike Pelfrey will miss his start tomorrow against the Brewers, while dealing with forearm tendinitis

Nelson Figueroa will be promoted from Triple-A to pitch in place of Pelfrey.

To make room for Figueroa, the Mets put reliever Darren O'Day on Rule 5 Waivers, meaning he must first be offered back to the Angels.

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According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Mets plan to scratch Mike Pelfrey from his next scheduled start on Sunday versus the Brewers.

However, Jerry Manuel, speaking to reporters prior to today's game, said he has not made a decision and will not until the end of the day at the earliest.

Heyman indicates Nelson Figueroa is candidate to replace Pelfrey.

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Mike Pelfrey played catch before yesterday’s game, and told reporters he is not concerned with the tendinitis in his forearm, which sent him for an MRI on Tuesday.

“I'm going to be OK,” said Pelfrey, who wants to still start Sunday.

…from what i can gather, the Mets will wait to see how he responds today, following anti-inflammatory medication and yesterday’s catch

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According to Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus, Mike Pelfrey will miss his next start due to forearm tendinitis.

As noted earlier today on Metsblog, if Pelfrey is unable to start, the team will likely call up a pitcher from the minor leagues.

Jon Niese,?Dillon Gee and Nelson Figueroa, who was pulled after two scoreless innings today in his start for Triple-A Buffalo, are likely options to start in place of Pelfrey on Sunday.

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Prior to yesterday’s game, Jerry Manuel told reporters Mike Pelfrey had an MRI on Tuesday, which revealed forearm tendinitis.

Pelfrey told reporters he gets some sort of tendinitis at least two or three times per season, but said he never had it in his forearm.

According to Pelfrey, “I don't think it's to the point where I can't get guys out.”

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Mike Pelfrey has been pitching with forearm tendonitis, according to an on air report from ESPN.com?s Peter Gammons.

In his two starts this season, Pelfrey has a 8.10 ERA, having allowed nine runs on 13 hits in ten innings, He has surrendered three home runs, walked six and struck out five.

?i can?t decide if i?m more relieved that there is a reason for pelfrey?s poor start, or nervous that this could be a significant injury? let?s hope he can take the time to get healthy early in the season if need be, instead of letting it explode into a long term issue?

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During last night’s loss to the Padres, Mike Pelfrey allowed five runs and eight hits, including a home run to the first batter he faced, while walking two and striking out three in five innings pitched.

….he even slipped on the mound, mid-delivery, falling down on the groundit was a pretty rough night for mike

i have a feeling pelfrey may just being going through a dead-arm phase, because he missed a little time in spring, and he just has so little zip on his fastball… even that heavy ball he throws, that sinks to right-handed hitters, looks lifeless

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Last night, in a win against the Reds, Mike Pelfrey allowed four runs, faced eight batters, and used 51 pitches in the first inning; but rebounded, to then pitch four scoreless innings.

…he looked tight, was working slow, and seemed to be overthrowing… in the second, he started to back off a bit, which seemed to give him a truer break on his pitches… he’ll be fine

Pelfrey, speaking to reporters following the game:

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Mike Pelfrey and Jon Niese are on a list of red-flagged pitchers by Tom Verducci of SI.com, who could be at risk of injury based on their age and the number of innings pitched last season.

the best part of the report is how it is written, in which pelfrey confronts verducci, and talks with him about the findings, because mike is well-aware of verducci’s study from last season… nicely done, tom

Pelfrey will start for the Mets tonight in Cincinnati at 7 pm against the Reds and RHP Edinson Volquez.

In a report for the Daily News, Adam Rubin takes a closer look at Pelfrey, as well as John Maine and Oliver Perez who will pitch later in the week.

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Mike Pelfrey has picked Kansas University to win the NCAA Tournament, and J.J Putz picked Duke, while David Wright and Ryan Church each picked the University of North Carolina.

… i have no idea who i am picking…

…i have a crazy, intricate, tendency-based system i use for the same pool with the same people every year, which has put me in at least the Top 6 of 500 people during each of the last four seasons… now, i’m feeling a ton of pressure… and i don’t like it

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In case you missed it…

On Saturday, Mike Pelfrey started for the first time since March 4, and allowed two walks and two hits through four scoreless innings.

According to Marty Noble of MLB.com, “He threw more changeups than usual, 11, including one to a left-handed hitter.”

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Yesterday, Mike Pelfrey returned from a strained left leg muscle, pitched four scoreless innings against the Nationals, he let up two hits and two walks and struck out one batter with 62 pitches.

Livan Hernandez pitched two scoreless innings as well, and will next pitch on Wednesday.

Following yesterday’s game, Jerry Manuel suggested Niese could potentially win the fifth starter’s job, with Hernandez capable of adjusting to a long-relief role.

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Mike Pelfrey pitched a bullpen session this morning, and said he is ready to return to the rotation on Saturday, according to Adam Rubin of the Daily News.

To read a quote from Pelfrey, go to Rubin’s blog. 

By the way, Rubin will be answering questions from readers live at noon.

To see a picture of Pelfrey in action, go to the Bergen Record.

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Mike Pelfrey is scheduled to pitch a bullpen session this morning around 9:30 am.

If all goes well, Pelfrey will return to the rotation on Saturday against the Nationals.

Meanwhile, Jon Niese will pitch a simulated game against minor leaguers today, following Pelfrey’s bullpen session.

Lastly, Jose Reyes and Fernando Tatis will return to St. Lucie on Thursday night, when Johan Santana will make his spring debut against the Marlins at 7 pm, live on SNY.

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In case you missed it from the weekend

Mike Pelfrey will miss today’s start against the Orioles, while resting a strained leg muscle.

Pelfrey told reporters yesterday that he feels better, yet is still wearing a protective wrap and medical boot.

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Yesterday, as seen in this photo, Mike Pelfrey wore a black, chin-strap, military, motorcycle helmet while working out in camp.

According to Bart Hubbuch in the New York Post, “Pelfrey dubbed it his ‘crash helmet,’ a joke stemming from the day before, when he somehow managed to flip over his cart during an afternoon round of golf with fellow starter John Maine, C Brian Schneider and OF Ryan Church.’

For details, including quotes from Pelfrey, read Hubbuch’s report, and keep an eye on his blog, here, for updates from camp throughout the day.

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SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt sent in a text message and photo from his BlackBerry of Mike Pelfrey working out in camp this morning wearing a chin-strap, black, military helmet on his head.

So weird.  He must be channeling a little John Olerud today.

For more on why he’s a wearing a helmet, read Adam Rubin’s blog for the Daily News.

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Mets pitchers and catchers are required to report to Tradition Field by Friday.

However, David Wright, Johan Santana, John Maine, Oliver Perez, Mike Pelfrey, Ryan Church, Brian Schneider, Daniel Murphy and Nick Evans are already in camp working out, while Sean Green and J.J. Putz, among others,?are likely to report in the next day or so.

?by the way, SNY will be broadcasting Mets Hot Stove live from Duffy?s in Port St. Lucie this Thursday, Feb. 12, as well as next Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7 pm?

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In a report for the New York Post, Kevin Kernan talks with John Maine about his recovery from shoulder surgery, the Phillies, getting ready for 2009, his personality, missing out of the final stretch last season, and his personality, of which he says:

“I'm a little meaner than people think.  And I'm not as naive as people think.  As clich?d as it is, I can't stand losing.  It drives me crazy.  I hate losing more than I like winning.  It really aggravates me when things don't go all that great.”

i have been thinking of maine as a reliable, 32–start starter for the Mets in 2009, but the following has me a tad worried

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Last night on SNY’s Mets Hot Stove, Mike Pelfrey had the following to say, when asked about the day things started to click for him last season:

“I think the biggest thing was believing in myself… Sometimes you go out there and try to do more than your capable of.  Finally, in the LA game, and I kind of backed off and just tried to throw strikes and I learned there that, hey, I just need to be myself and I can be successful.  I don’t need to do more than I am capable of.  And once I learned that I started gaining more confidence, I started having better games, and it just took off from there.”

i will be the first to admit that i thought pelfrey was destine to be a back-end starter, if not a reliever, but i think that speaks more to my impatience…

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According to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors, using a stat labeled WARP, “The Mets have gotten 30.9 wins this year due to first round picks,” which is the most in baseball.

Tim continues to explain, “David Wright, Mike Pelfrey, and Aaron Heilman were Mets first-rounders.  Johan Santana, Brian Schneider, and Ryan Church were acquired using first-round picks Philip Humber and Lastings Milledge.”

Dierkes also looks at WARP for the Brewers, Phillies, Rays, Twins, Angels and Red Sox.

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In a loss to the Braves yesterday, Mike Pelfrey let up three runs and six hits, while walking three and striking out two, in six innings, before the bullpen went on to blow their 29th save of the season.

He let up one run in the first, and one in the second, then got it together, but began to run out of gas in the start of seventh, walking the lead-off hitter, and was removed from the game after having thrown 106 pitches.

The thing is, there are times when a tired Pelfrey, or a tired Johan Santana, in the seventh, at, say, 50 percent, may be a better option than a 100 percent Aaron Heilman.

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At ESPN.com, Bob Klapisch believes tonight is the biggest start of Mike Pelfrey's career and it is up to him 'to reverse this collapse-in-progress.'

Due to a bullpen who has allowed 14 runs and four home runs in the last five games, Pelfrey is certainly needed to go deep into tonight's game, according to Klapisch.

In 181.2 innings pitched this season, Pelfrey is 13-9 with a 3.77 ERA.

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Last night, Mike Pelfrey broke a streak of five consecutive ‘Quality Starts,’ by letting up five runs, eight hits, a home run and two walks against the Nationals.

Pelfrey, on his outing, speaking to reporters following last night’s game, said:

“I don’t want to make too big of a deal out of it…You know, obviously, I didn’t have it.  Physically I didn’t feel great, I think there was even a time when nobody was on and I threw a pitch from the stretch.  You know, so, mentally I wasn’t in to it either.  The best thing to come out of it tonight is that we won…

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Click play below to watch Mike Pelfrey help out a young fan as he fell over the outfield railing at Citizens Bank Park during batting practice.

Wow, that was a scary fall. Glad he was ok. Good for Mike to comfort the the little guy.

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In a win last night against the Astros, Mike Pelfrey let up six hits and just one run, while walking no one and striking out six, in nine innings of work.

the crowd chanted his name throughout much of the ninth inning, yelling, ‘Pel-Frey, Pel-Frey,’ over and over again…in fact, it started in the bottom of the eighth, when he stepped to the plate, signaling he would be returning for the ninth

By throwing a complete game last night, Pelfrey became the first Mets pitcher with consecutive complete-game wins since Bret Saberhagen in 1995.

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Yesterday, 23–year-old Daniel Murphy had one hit, two RBI and scored a run, while striking out once in four at bats.

Meanwhile, 24–year-old Mike Pelfrey pitched a complete game and moved to 12 wins on the season, while 26–year-old Argenis Reyes, who was 1 for 4, is batting .290 in his last 30 at bats.

The day before, 22–year-old Nick Evans had two hits and scored a run in three at bats.

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Last night, Mike Pelfrey pitched a full nine innings and let up just three hits, three runs, while striking out three and walking three, in a win against the Braves.

Pelfrey leads the team with 12 wins.

The Mets are 16–3 in Pelfrey’s last 19 starts, during which he has a 3.23 ERA.

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Prior to yesterday’s game, Jerry Manuel essentially told reporters that he will not use one of his starting pitchers as a replacement for Billy Wagner as the team’s closer, adding:

“John Maine was really a guy I was thinking about, but I think he needs more rest.  He needs those days off more than he needs to be a bullpen guy right now.  I thought I'd see it a little differently when he came back, but the days off do him a lot of good.”

Meanwhile, according to Manuel, Oliver Perez has been pitching too well to remove him from the rotation, and he does not feel Mike Pelfrey has enough experience to handle the adjustment in the middle of a pennant race.

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In yesterday’s loss to the Marlins, Mike Pelfrey let up six runs and seven hits, while walking three, in just four and two-thirds innings pitched, raising his ERA from 3.85 to 4.11.

Pelfrey is 0-3 with a 10.67 ERA against the Marlins this season, yet 10-5 with a 3.45 ERA against everyone else.

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In the latest edition on his Sunday Q&A series for the New York Post, Steve Serby talks with Mets RHP Mike Pelfrey about Jerry Manuel, the beard, his relationship with his dad, winning a World Series, and whether he sees himself as one day being an ace, among other topics.

To watch a clip from Pelfrey?s talk with Serby, click play below, and to read a transcript of the entire discussion click here:

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