I had someone tell me one time that I need to be confident in myself and in what I can do if I want to get anywhere in life. It is astonishing what a little confidence can do. It helps you to take charge of your life and let no one walk all over you.
Well to everyone’s amazement, it was Big Pelf who took charge and made a statement with his pitching:
The streak stops here.
Who would have thought that it would have been Mike Pelfrey to get the Mets to stop bleeding? We all would have had to wait until Johan Santana’s start perhaps. So thank you Pelfrey. We, the fans, are very much pleased with your shutout performance.
Did I forget to mention that? Pelf not only stopped the bleeding, he pitched seven scoreless innings. He even got himself a hit in the 5-0 win over the Colorado Rockies.
You know how we’ve been talking about this team needing some fight? Well that was shown in this game as well from none other than the Big Dog, Big Pelf. He rammed Miguel Olivo to score on a run.
Needless to say, the man of the hour is Mike Pelfrey. Even Henry Blanco was impressed with his outing. He was working on his secondary pitches during Spring Training and it has paid off.
Here’s what Pelfrey had to say:
I feel like I’m in control of myself. I’m not letting things get to me. That’s huge.
It is huge. This is a man that oozes confidence in himself. He knows what he is capable of and he is bringing it out in full force. Pelfrey answers to no one except himself and Blanco. He was in charge today.
Yet Jerry Manuel made a comment that really got me thinking. He said that if this team is going to be a running team, they are going to make running mistakes. They definitely did that today with Luis Castillo trying to steal a base with his head down and not realizing Jose Reyes was not running. So he ended being tagged out.
I understand base running blunders. I also agree with Manuel. If a team is going to run, they are not going to get it right all of the time. You have to expect it. But if there is a man in front of you, keep your head up. If you are the lone stealer, go ahead and keep your head down.
No harm, no foul. So I will not make it an issue. Something was learned today. You take that with you into the next game.
There was definitely a change today in the Mets. That change was Mike Pelfrey. It is amazin’ what a little confidence can do for a person.