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Mike Pelfrey will be the Mets’ Opening Day starter

Jan 19, 2011, 3:22 PM EST

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Being the Opening Day starter is a nice little honor to bestow on a pitcher. Especially on teams that don’t have an undisputed ace. It’s a manager’s way of saying “we have confidence in you.” Of saying “you’re The Man now, dog.” Or something like that.

The Mets have named theirs. It’s Mike Pelfrey who is pretty clearly the Mets’ best starter given the absence of Johan Santana. And how honored he is:

With Johan Santana expected to miss the first half of the season, New York Mets manager Terry Collins named Mike Pelfrey his Opening Day starter on Wednesday, during a charity event at Citi Field … Of course, that likely means Pelfrey draws Florida Marlins ace Josh Johnson on April 1, thenPhiladelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay in Game 6 on April 7.

Halladay and Johnson right out of the gate.  Thank, Skip!

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jan 19, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Solid 0-2 start for Pelfrey. Well on his way to the 2011 NL Cy Young.

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 19, 2011 at 3:54 PM

      It’s only January and already, he just doesn’t know how to win.

  2. BC - Jan 19, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    May as well. He the only guy they have whose arm isn’t falling off and who is not named Ollie Perez.

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 19, 2011 at 3:55 PM

      Ollie’s quite well rested, though.

    • sdelmonte - Jan 19, 2011 at 4:44 PM

      What about RA Dickey? His arm isn’t falling off, and being a knuckler, he doesn’t need his arm anyway?

  3. yankeesfanlen - Jan 19, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Now if the Metropolitans brought Pavano on, it would be “How many Roses do we need to fill the Rose Bowl”.

  4. phukyouk - Jan 19, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Did we all forget that PAVANO started the 2008 season for the Yankees. you know.. the only one in 16 yrs that the Yanks didnt make it to the playoffs. im just saying…. opening day starter …. not such an honor.

  5. xmatt0926x - Jan 19, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    I hope he goes 0-20. Not only because he plays for the Mets but because he’s in that Josh Beckett “punk” category for me. At least Beckett has done something in his career. Why this clown is staring down hitters and yapping at them is beyond me. Die Mets Die!!!!

  6. Old Gator - Jan 19, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    I knew Collins was going to be a dud. He has a Faulkner-reading knuckleballer in his stable and he trots Pelfrey out instead. I wouldn’t be surprised if Pelfrey had conceptual difficulties with Harold and the Purple Crayon and gave up on page 3.

  7. Adam - Jan 19, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Chalk up another notch in Mike Pelfrey’s Hall of Fame case.

  8. Tyree Studio - Jan 20, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Go SHOX!

  9. macjacmccoy - Jan 21, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Well it didnt really matter when he pitched in the opening series he was still gonna have to face an ace in Philly (you know bc we have 4 of them)

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