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Step to the Mike

It was only two months ago that Mike Pelfrey did something he could never recall doing in his pitching career.

The Binghamton Mets hurler failed to even get through the first inning, as he was pulled after just 39 pitches. The Mets had some folks in the stands watching, hoping that Pelfrey would show them something good and earn the call up that went to Alay Soler. Instead, what Pelfrey displayed was an arm in need of a little fine-tuning. He allowed two runs on three walks and two singles. The struggles weren't totally Pelfrey's fault. A two-out error by third baseman Jay Caliguiri kept the inning, then scoreless going, and Pelfrey came unglued afterwards.

Those who made the trek to see Pelfrey pitch may have been disappointed, but they could only be pleased with the end result, a walk-off win. Caligiuri made up for his miscue with two RBI, the last a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 8th (the game was part of two on the day, and thus was scheduled for only seven innings) to bring in the winning run.

“I’m just going through a rough time right now," Pelfrey told media, including those who made the trip up from the New York City papers to see him pitch. "When I’m on and I’m doing the things I need to be, I’m going to be successful. It’s just a matter of me putting it together.”

Pelfrey did put it together after that. He's 4-1 with a 2.05 ERA in seven starts since that blemish (No truth to the rumor that he credited the walk-off for turning his fortunes around) and on Saturday he'll be making a highly-anticipated major-league debut against the Florida Marlins.

True Metfrys know...We're not in the biz of placing high, unfair expectations on a kid, so consider this a "Did You Know?" just for the heck of it...Tom Seaver earned 2 walk-off wins in his rookie season of 1967

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