Right-handed pitcher Mike Pelfrey was the Mets number one pick (9th overall) in the 2005 amateur draft. He made his Major League debut a year later on July 8 against the Florida Marlins. He allowed 3 runs over 5 innings and was the winning pitcher as the Mets cruised to a 17-3 victory. He also won his next start on July 18. Overall, he made four starts for the Mets in 2006 and went 2-1 with a 5.48 ERA.
Pelfrey made the Mets starting rotation out of Spring Training. He received a no-decision in his first start of the season, a Mets 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals. But he than lost his next five starts and with his ERA at 6.53 was demoted to the minors. He returned in July and made 4 starts but with similar results and with his record at 0-7 was once again demoted. He returned when rosters expanded in September and pitched well posting a 3-1 record. For the season he went 3-8 with a 5.57 ERA.
Pelfrey was slotted to be the Mets number 5 starter in 2008 and spent the entire season with the team. After starting the season 2-6 Pelfrey hit his stride in June. From June to the end of August he went 11-2 in 17 starts. He was named the National League player of the week for the week ending July 13. In two starts he pitched 15 shutout innings and allowed just 9 hits. He threw his first career complete game on August 20, a three hitter against the Atlanta Braves and followed that up with another complete game against the Houston Astros on August 25. For the season Pelfrey finished 13-11 with a 3.72 ERA.
In 2009 Pelfrey had the honor of starting the first game at the Mets new ballpark CitiField. He gave up a leadoff home run and five earned runs as the Mets lost 6-5 to the San Diego Padres. For the season he went 10-12 with a 5.03 ERA. His best appearance came on September 6 when he allowed just 5 hits and 1 run over 8 innings as the Mets defeated the Cincinnati Reds 4-2.
2010 turned out to be Pelfrey’s best season while with the Mets. He started the season 4-0 with a 0.69 ERA. He even heard a save on April 17 when he pitched the 20th inning in the Mets 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. By the end of June his record was 10-2. He finished the season 15-9 with a 3.64 ERA. His 15 wins were the most on the team.
Unfortunately, his 2011 season was a disappointment. He posted a 7-13 record with a 4.74 ERA. His best outing came on June 18 when he pitched a complete game and allowed just 5 hits and 1 run against the Los Angeles Angels. He also earned another complete game victory on July 27 against the Cincinnati Reds.
Pelfrey started 3 games in 2012 but than was shut down for the season when it was determined that he would need Tommy John surgery on his elbow. The surgery ended his Mets career; after the season he was granted free agency and he signed with the Minnesota Twins.
Over 7 seasons with the Mets Pelfrey went 50-54 with a 4.36 ERA.
While with the Mets Pelfrey wore number 34.
Mike Pelfrey also played for the following teams:
Minnesota Twins – 2013-2015
Detroit Tigers – 2016
Chicago White Sox – 2017