In response to a question about Mike Pelfrey being used as a closer, MLB.com reporter Anthony DiComo says:
“The Mets effectively nixed this idea last summer, despite the fact that it intrigued both Pelfrey and manager Terry Collins. …. It would be fascinating to see how Pelfrey might fare in the bullpen, considering such a role would allow him to rely more heavily on his low-90s sinker. … Still, the Mets need innings more than they need experiments. Not to mention that with two years left until Pelfrey hits free agency, it’s unlikely that agent Scott Boras would approve of a sudden switch to the less-lucrative world of relief.”
Pelfrey has pitched in 150 games in his career, just four of which were in relief.
Matthew Cerrone: From a physical perspective, DiComo is dead-on correct about Mike and his sinker in regards to pitching in relief. Technically, it does seem like his game would be better suited for relief.
However, mentally, I’m just not sure he has a closer’s mentality ...