What in the heck am I missing here. This guy is only owned in 50% of the Yahoo leagues?
Pelfrey just turned 25 years old and is coming off a season with a 3.96 FIP. He does have a lousy K/9 rate which looks to settle around 5.50-6.00, but he also has great HR/9 at 0.54 last season.
Among the Mets main 4 starters last season, Pelfrey had the highest BABIP of .302 vs Santana's .287, Maine and Perez .280.
In 2007, he carried a BABIP of .331, while everyone else was around .285-.292
As far as his repretoire of pitches, last season he decided to stray away from his slider which he had trouble commanding and stuck primarily with a real hard four-seam fastball (95-97mph) and a two-seamer (93-95mph) that has wicked sink! He was keeping the ball in the park and hitters were having trouble getting the sweet spot of the bat on these pitches.
This offseason he's been working on a "Greg Maddux"-type sinker and has had some great outings in preseason with it (except for the last one). http://www.nypost.com/seven/03202009/sp ... 160438.htm"If he can do that consistently," a scout in attendance said of using the varied stuff, "he wins 18 this year. He is just getting better and better, in part because he realizes he does not have to blow everyone away."
Or is it just "in the cards" that he's due for a breakdown after a big workload jump in 2008?