œI was pretty upset with not only how the team played, but with how I played last year, knowing that™s not me, Mike Pelfrey confessed to the New York Post’s Mike Puma yesterday. œI had a lost year. I had a terrible year. A campaign, Puma gently suggests, that might’ve been hampered by a lack of conditioning. Sound familiar?
Pelfrey doesn™t blame his weight for last season™s troubles ” he says he got to 257 pounds at one point last summer and will arrive in Port St. Lucie around 230 ” but also knows that better shape physically translates into a better mental approach.
œI™m going to come out and have a good year, not only for myself but for the team, Pelfrey said. œWe need to come back and start off good and get the ball rolling.
œI understand that people look at the rotation and they have question marks. There should be, Pelfrey said.
œGuys got hurt. I had a bad year, but guys are healthy now and I™m going to bounce back and have a good year. It™s amazing to me how big of a question there is about the rotation [by fans]. I hear about it and I just laugh..
Pelfrey praised the Mets™ decision to sign Kelvim Escobar. The right-hander won 18 games for the Angels in 2007, but is expected to compete for the eighth-inning setup role.
œWhen he first got signed, I thought maybe they were going to give him a chance and throw him in the rotation, Pelfrey said. œI thought maybe he could be a dark horse. Slot him in there and he could be a big-time difference maker. I don™t think that is how it™s going to be, but that idea excited me at first.