Shea fans might get a glimpse of their future this Saturday when the Florida Marlins roll into town. According to Adam Rubin of the Daily News, MLB wanted Mike Pelfrey to pitch in the Futures Game for prospects this weekend, but were told by Mets’ officials that he would not be available because he was under consideration for a major league assignment. Saturday is a doubleheader for the Mets and with Darrin Oliver most likely to pitch one game in place of Pedro Martinez, that leaves an open slot. The two leading candidates are Norfolk’s John Maine and Binghamton’s Mike Pelfrey. The Mets aren’t likely to announce anything before Friday, July 7th—that’s when Pelfrey is scheduled to pitch again at Trenton. So, keep an eye out on the scheduled starter for that day. If Pelfrey is scratched, then you can be assured of seeing him at Shea on Saturday.
Pelfrey was dominant in his last start against New Hampshire, going 7 innings while allowing only 2 hits, 3 walks, 1 earned run and striking out 11. In his last three starts for Binghamton he is 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA and 22 K’s in 19 IP. Overall this season, pitching between St. Lucie (Adv-A) and
Binghamton (AA), Pelfrey is 6-3 wih a 2.45 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP and 103 K’s in 88.1 IP.