It was scant offensive production, but on this rainy night at Citi Field, it was enough because Mike Pelfrey simply refuses to give up runs.
Mike Pelfrey is now 4-0 with a "near complete game" 5-inning laborious effort that was oftentimes frustrating to watch, but Houdini like in his ability to get out of inning after inning unscathed. Raul Valdes threw exactly one pitch in the top of the 6th, denying Pelf the complete game--it's a strange rule, but the pitch counts.
Finally the baseball Gods had seen enough, and after 5 innings (and one pitch), the skies opened up, and it was the end of the night for everyone and the Mets 4th win in a row.
The Mets are now 1.5 games back of the Phillies, tied for second place with the Marlins and Nationals.
Big Pelf's scoreless streak is now 24 innings, he is 4-0 on the year, and his ERA is a miniscule 0.69 (insert your own joke here). Additionally his WHIP is 1.19 and he is holding the opposition to a .200 batting average against.
Jose Reyes was responsible for the lone run of the contest...he blooped a hit, stole second, then came around to score after Jason Bay hit a sharp single to Chipper Jones. Instead of putting the ball in his back pocket, Larry tried to throw out Bay at first, and the ball bounced away from Braves first baseman of the day Troy Glaus. Reyes easily scored on the error.
The Mets have are now over the .500 mark for the first time since opening day. Of note, the win gave them their first sweep of the year and put that look we love on Bobby Cox face...he is in agony.
Pelfrey leads the major leagues in ERA...he is pitching like a terrific #2 starter, if not an ace, and battling like we've never seen him battle before. Mike Pelfrey is a stud, and he is exuding confidence.
"I can't say I was pleased with my outing," Pelfrey said. "My command wasn't great and they did a good job laying off my pitches and made me work."Tonight the Dodgers come into town for three with Ollie Perez on the hill. The Mets are eager to keep the winning baseball going at home, as after these three, it's on to Philly for what will surely be an early season measuring stick series.
According to the Daily News, John Maine will make his next scheduled start.
Metstradamus approves of this sweep.
Andy Martino tips us to the class of the Mets organization--even though the fans technically saw a complete baseball game last night, they can redeem those tickets for tickets against the Padres or Tigers.
Amazin Avenue has a recap...and a nice poem by my friend Howard Megdal.
Enjoy your Monday morning coffee!
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