Pelfrey off to legit 3-0 start for Mets 

April, 21, 2010
4/21/10
4:36
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I've been having a lot of fun this week pointing out that New York Mets starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey leads the team in wins and saves, but now it's time to get serious.

Obviously the saves part won't continue. Even if closer Francisco Rodriguez were to fall out of a taxi cab and stop pitching today, Pelfrey wouldn't be the fill-in. And don't worry, K-Rod owners, he's fine! Only a late Fernando Tatis home run Tuesday, extending a lead to cost him a save situation, prevented his first save of the season!

Mike Pelfrey
Dustin Bradford/Icon SMIMike Pelfrey is coming into his own at age 26.
But what about those Pelfrey wins? After shutting down the right-handed-heavy Chicago Cubs lineup for seven shutout innings Tuesday, he is 3-0 in three starts with a 0.86 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. He looks terrific, averaging nearly seven innings per start, keeping pitch counts in check ... yet he's available in more than 83 percent of ESPN.com standard mixed leagues. His save in the 20th inning of Saturday's game might have put extra focus on him as a novelty, but his work as a starter has been totally legit. Put simply, he has been New York's MVP so far.