Wash, rinse, repeat.
As Gary Cohen is so fond of calling him, he really is Perpetual Pedro.
You won't find any Feliciano jerseys in the stands, his baseball card is worthless, he doesn't make the big bucks, and he can still walk around in the mall and hardly get noticed.
But he is a star for us.
In the last 4 seasons Pedro has averaged 79 appearances per year, and he has led MLB in appearances for the past two seasons.
For his career he has a sterling 3.21 ERA, and his ERA from 2006 through now is 2.92.
I asked on Twitter the other night, "Is it time to start calling Pedro an all-time great Met?"
The answers came back quite varied. Some folks agreed, and others compared him to an NFL punter, ie, a specialist.
If we look at his career numbers we can see that he's actually faced righty's more than he's faced lefty's. To be specific, he's faced a righthanded batter 743 times, against 645 for lefthanders.
But now comes the rub--
Righthanded batters hit .269 with a .781 OPS against him, whereas he dominates lefty's to the tune of a .210 BAA and .571 OPS.
That said, overall he has been outstanding. His combined totals show a pitcher who gets guys out. His combined BAA is .241 and the OPS against is only .683.
Looking at the top 5 Mets pitchers in appearances, we see Pedro already in 3rd place, just 19 games behind Tom Seaver. He is 313 games behind John Franco, the all-time leader.
So while Pedro is not a dominant starter, or a closer of renown, he certainly is one of the premiere set-up men in the game. He might just be the best set-up man the Mets have ever had, or at least in the top 2 or 3.
Though he developed primarily in the Dodgers farm system I'll call him a homegrown Met as he pitched extensively at Norfolk before honing his craft enough to stick in the big leagues. I'll also add in the fact that he's only pitched for the Mets at the major league level.
Bottom line: He may not truthfully be an all-time Met great right now, but he's certainly getting there. In my book he is an "all-time good Met", and that is more than enough to satisfy this Mets fan.