How valuable is Mike Pelfrey to the Mets rotation? I’ve often had this debate with a couple of guys I work with who are addicted to the Mets like I am. Depending on who you ask, you’ll come across many who will say we need Pelfrey because he gives us innings? And while that’s true, somewhat, what’s the big turn-on here if the majority of those innings are not quality-innings?
For example, in 2011, Mike Pelfrey made 33 starts and threw 193.2 innings, but only 15 of those stars were Quality Starts – less than 50%.
On the other hand, Jon Niese only made 26 starts and pitched only 157 innings, but he also tallied 15 quality starts, a very substantial difference.
The difference showed up in the win columns; 7 wins in 33 starts for Pelfrey, 11 wins in 26 starts for Niese.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe wrote about this on Sunday and said:
We all know that 200 innings isn’t the be-all-end-all for pitching staffs, but a high innings total usually signifies some success by the starter, an ...