Four in a row and suddenly that light at the end of the tunnel is just a bit brighter.
The Mets are hitting and pitching well as we near the dog days of Summer and have fought their way tooth and nail back into the playoff hunt. In fact, the Mets have tightened the entire wildcard race, a race in which 8 teams are separated by a scant 5.5 games.
Last night's game featured a hardworking and gritty performance by Big Mike Pelfrey.
Pelf pitched 6.1 scoreless innings and worked out of several jams by featuring the hard stuff and challenging the Rockies hitters inside. His teammates noticed and appreciated the effort.
"It feels good to win, and that starts with our pitching," said David Wright, who had two hits. "Yesterday our bullpen was fantastic and today Mike Pelfrey threw about as well as Mike Pelfrey can throw."
The exciting part for Mets fans is that Pelfrey is big, strong and athletic, and he had a very strong second half performance in 2008. While lesser athletes tire, Pelfrey gets stronger. He posted sub-3.00 ERAs in July and August 2008--if he can repeat that performance over his final 10-12 starts, it will go a long way toward pushing the Mets to a playoff spot.
"Everybody knows what we need to do," Pelfrey said. "Confidence-wise, we feel if we show up here you can put money on us. I don't know if you could have said that two weeks ago."
The Mets continue to hit--momentum building on momentum. David Wright, who is having something of a Jekyl and Hyde year, had two more hits to raise his season average to .323. In his last 6 games DW has a .429 BA, .556 OBP and 1.222 OPS. It's no coincidence that his resurgence comes at the same time as the winning streak.
Daniel Murphy is 10 for his last 30, has a 5 game hitting streak, and continues to make impressive play after impressive play at first.
And then there's Jeff Francoeur--I blasted this trade, and all Frenchy has done since he arrived is hit, work his tail off, and provide a much needed dugout and clubhouse spark. He has his flaws, both at the plate and in the field, but let me say this--after watching him for these last few weeks, it's easy to see that he really is a great guy. Works hard, gets along with everyone, and loves the game. He and Sheff and DW have a righthanded hitters club going, and I'm very excited at the prospect of him working next to Beltran, and interacting with Jose in the dugout.
Finally the bullpen--we can't heap much more love on Pedro Feliciano than we already have this season, but my God he was brilliant last night! 5 batters, 3 Ks, no hits, and pitches that danced and moved as well as we've ever seen. Brilliant.
Sean Green closed out a great win with a perfect 9th and it's all systems go for the Mets--You Gotta Believe!
Enjoy your coffee!
|N.Y. Mets (48-51) «||0||1||1||1||0||0||0||1||x||4||9||0|
|Player of the Game|
|New York Mets|
|Angel Pagan, CF||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.295|
|Luis Castillo, 2B||3||1||1||1||1||0||0||.306|
|David Wright, 3B||3||0||2||0||1||0||1||.323|
|Daniel Murphy, 1B||3||2||2||1||1||0||1||.248|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||3||0||1||1||0||1||3||.262|
|Cory Sullivan, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.167|
|Pedro Feliciano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Fernando Tatis, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.242|
|Sean Green, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian Schneider, C||2||0||0||1||1||1||0||.208|
|Alex Cora, SS||4||1||2||0||0||0||4||.242|
|Mike Pelfrey, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.121|
|Jeremy Reed, LF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.262|
|a-popped out for Feliciano in the 8th|
|2B - David Wright (27, Marquis), Daniel Murphy (16, Marquis)|
|SF - Brian Schneider (3)|
|SH - Mike Pelfrey (3)|
|RBI - Luis Castillo (25), Daniel Murphy (34), Jeff Francoeur (51), Brian Schneider (21)|
|2-OUT RBI - Luis Castillo (13)|
|CS - David Wright (9, 2nd base by Marquis/Iannetta), Jeremy Reed (3, Home by Chacin/Iannetta)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Cora-Castillo-Murphy, Murphy-Cora-Pelfrey, Green-Cora-Murphy|
|New York Mets|
|Mike Pelfrey (W,8-6)||6.1||7||0||0||3||5||0||4.72|
|Pedro Feliciano (H,19)||1.2||0||0||0||0||3||0||2.63|
|HBP - Iannetta (by Mike Pelfrey), Barmes (by Sean Green)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 115-71, Pedro Feliciano 22-15, Sean Green 14-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 4-8, Pedro Feliciano 2-0, Sean Green 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 28, Pedro Feliciano 5, Sean Green 3|