Mike Pelfrey wasn’t great, but good enough to beat Philadelphia last week. Pelfrey is 1-1 with 5.64 ERA in four career starts lifetime against Washington.
Pelfrey lost his first seven decisions last year, but has a chance to erase that with a fast start this season. Orlando Hernandez isn’t coming back any time soon, and this is Pelfrey’s chance to claim the fifth starter spot in the rotation. He’s had opportunities before, but always looked over his shoulder.
This time he needs to nail down his chance.
The Nationals’ Odalis Perez (0-2) threw five strong innings in his last start, Thursday against Florida, but eventually took the loss.