Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Feel His Wrath!

Was thinking about something the other day that I'll call "The Kazmir Effect."

Think of it like a (hopefully) less destructive "Curse of the Bambino," where the ghost of a player somehow manages to continue to torture the team that traded him long after he is gone.

Here's the first possible victim of the Kazmir Effect: Mike Pelfrey.

Two weeks ago Pelfrey "wasn't even close" to being called up to the big team. This past Saturday morning, the incomporable Eddie Coleman reported that Pelfrey was now very likely to be called up to pitch the Thursday game against the Phillies. Some turn around, huh?

But then...

Pelfrey recorded exactly two more outs in his start on Saturday night than I did. And the Mets front office realized that he wasn't close to being ready for the call-up and elected to take a flyer on Alay Soler who could be anywhere between 25 and 38 years old and could be Jose Contreras (the dominating White Sox version) or Jose Contreras (the completely ineffective Yankee version).

So what does any of this have to do with Scott Kazmir?

Connect the dots...everyone in the world is talking about how great Kazmir is. How the Mets are the dumbest team on earth to give up such a young superstar pitcher. And they're right. And the current Mets administration who had nothing to do with the trade knows everyone is right and knows there isn't a thing they can do about it.

EXCEPT - Have a newer, better, shinier, younger, strike-outier pitcher of their own. That person is Mike Pelfrey. Is he ready for the majors? No way. But can he quiet down some of the Kazmir criticism? Maybe. And that's the more important thing right now.

Let's just be thankful that Pelfrey was so horrible on Saturday night that Omar realized bringing him up would be a disaster. So a big shout-out to the Tarrytown Timberwolves or Albany Peacocks or whatever group of never-will-be's made Mike Pelfrey look like...well...look like Victor Zambrano on Saturday night, preventing what could have been a catastraphe.

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