Mets right-hander Mike Pelfrey has registered an underwhelming 4.58 ERA and 1.44 WHIP across 190 2/3 innings this season, failing in many ways to build on his breakout 2010 campaign.
But the arbitration-eligible starter is likely to be back in New York’s rotation next year anyway.
According to beat writer Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, the Mets are expected to tender Big Pelf a contract this winter even if it means paying him nearly $6 million. Not because they saw greatness in him this year, or because they’re certain that he’ll improve going forward, but because the market for starting pitching is ultra thin and the now cost-conscious Mets aren’t likely to make competitive bids for any of the few available arms.
Pelfrey earned $1.45 million in 2010 and $3.5 million in 2011. He’ll be entering his third year of arbitration.
Major League Baseball has announced the umpiring crew for the World Series. John Hirschbeck is the crew chief. It’s his fifth World Series assignment, third as a crew chief.
A surprising name on the crew is Joe West. It’ll be his sixth World Series overall, but first since 2012. There had been chatter for several years that Major League Baseball was making a more concerted effort to get its best umpires into the World Series more often while minimizing the appearances of its weakest umpires. Most assumed West’s absence from the Fall Classic in recent years, despite his seniority, was a function of that. Maybe they’re still making merit a priority and maybe West has just improved? I’ll leave that for you to judge.
Anyway, here is the lineup of umps for Game 1. They will rotate after that, of course. If the series goes six games, Cowboy Joe will be calling the balls and strikes:
Home plate: Larry Vanover
1B: Chris Guccione
2B: John Hirschbeck
3B: Marvin Hudson
LF: Tony Randazzo
RF: Joe West
Replay Official for Games 1-2: Sam Holbrook (with assistance from Todd Tichenor)
Replay Official for Games 3-7: Larry Vanover (with assistance from Todd Tichenor)