PHILADELPHIA -- Shortly after he arrives at Citi Field on Friday, Josh Thole plans to pull Mike Pelfrey into the video room and begin scouring Wednesday's game tape, searching for ways the two can improve. Both men admitted to a lack of communication on Wednesday, following Pelfrey's shortest and least effective outing since last July.
"We'll just go back and look at the video together and figure it out," Thole said.
Mets manager Terry Collins has already spoken to Thole, urging him to keep discussions of pitch selection private. But he is not concerned that Wednesday's lack of communication will become a lingering issue.
"They talked between every inning," Collins said. "When you're not making the pitch you want to make and you're not locating it where you want to locate it, sometimes there's doubt of which pitch you want to throw. And we've seen that."
After allowing seven runs in two-plus innings Wednesday, Pelfrey criticized his pitch selection, berating himself for not shaking off Thole's persistent calls for breaking balls. The problem, Pelfrey said, was his unwillingness to stick with his best pitch, the sinker.
But Collins disagreed, saying that Pelfrey's primary issue was actually something different.
"It's location," Collins said. "It came down to Mike just didn't make the pitches he wanted to make. He was angry because he didn't make the pitches, and it's human nature to say, 'I wish I had done something else.'"