Mike Pelfrey is a Wichita State alumnus. Knowing this, the Twins decided to have a little fun with him, and force the introverted pitcher to deliver a pump-up speech to what he thought was the Shocker basketball team in advance of their NCAA Tournament appearance. It was really just his teammates in the other room.
And the answer, over the course of six-plus innings, is 89. The story also notes that "there are two variations of the Pelfrey lick," though it doesn't go so far as to actually chart the two-finger and four-finger versions. [WSJ]
The Mets reached .500 with a 9-8 win over the Padres last night. They're now 57-57 and a mere 17.5 games out of first in the NL East. But on the second batter he faced, starter Mike Pelfrey did not inspire appropriate confidence for the 21,000 who made it out to Citi Field. We'll consider it just a momentary spell…