Monday, August 1, 2011

Mets Morning News: Pelfrey's Sinker, Collins Sees More Trades InFuture, K-Rod's Option

Tonight's starter, Mike Pelfrey, told the Daily News that after his last start, he has his sinker back. Guess we'll find out if that's true tonight.
Pelfrey seems to be feel reborn after his last start, when he seemed to use the Beltran trade that day to fuel his complete-game victory over the Reds, which raised his record to 5-9.

"It started with Dan (Warthen, pitching coach) saying to me as I was warming up, 'Hey, why don't you go out there and throw 100 fastballs,'" Pelfrey said Sunday. "That's what I used to do. So I took that attitude out to the mound, and for the first time in two years, maybe, I thought my sinker was really good, like it used to be.
Manager Terry Collins said the Mets will probably have a different look once September rolls around.
"It's not over -- believe me, it's a long way from over," Collins said, referring to the possibility of the Mets making August waiver deals. "When you get close to Sept. 1 and teams feel they are one piece away, things happen."
David Waldstein of the New York Times writes that former met Francisco Rodriguez was willing to waive his $17.5 million vesting option with the Mets before he was traded to Milwaukee. K-Rod felt it was keeping him out of save situations for the Mets.
According to two people with knowledge of the events, Rodriguez spoke with Manager Terry Collins in the weeks before he was dealt to Milwaukee, a day after not being brought in to close a game in a nonsave situation. Rodriguez had warmed up and expected to enter the game. He was upset by the implication that the Mets had not used him that day to avoid his finishing 55 games this season, which would have activated the option. He finished 34 games before being traded to Milwaukee on July 12, and has not finished any games for the Brewers.

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