OK folks, much, much better internet connection tonight so I’ll be blogging all game long.
Now, if you read my pregame post, or if you’ve watched the Mets at all this season, you know Pelfrey has struggled mightily against the Marlins in his career. This year alone he’s 0-3 with a 10.66 ERA in three starts against them. They have accounted for three of his eight losses this year. The Marlins have actually accounted for his only three losses since 5/21, when he lost to the Braves.
Think about that: Pelfrey hasn’t lost to another team in baseball in three months and nine days, a truly remarkable stretch of pitching. So to put his dominance against everyone NOT in teal into perspective, here are Pelfrey’s numbers since 5/31, when he began his stretch of superb pitching, against everyone BUT the Marlins:
â€” 11-0, 2.31 ERA, 63 K, 24 BB, 15 GS, 105 1/3 IP, 92 H, 1.10 WHIP
With that in mind, we start today’s in-game thread. Here are both lineups:
METS (75-60, 1st place NL East):
7 Reyes, SS
1 Castillo, 2B
5 Wright, 3B
21 Delgado, 1B
15 Beltran, CF
19 Church, RF
28 Murphy, LF
23 Schneider, C
34 Pelfrey, P
MARLINS (68-67, 3rd place NL East):
2 Ramirez, SS
27 Hermida, RF
3 Cantu, 3B
17 Jacobs, 1B
14 Willingham, LF
6 Uggla, 2B
12 Ross, CF
21 Baker, C
47 Nolasco, P
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Who said David Wright is struggling?
That’s two-run homer was big. The Phils had just wrapped up a 5-2 win over the Cubbies.
The Mets now have 117 first-inning runs, 12 more than any club in baseball.
UPDATE, 7:48 p.m.: I don’t know about you, but nothing quite says “bench-clearing brawl” like Pedro running onto the field wearing a pair of gleaming white batting gloves. He looked like a cross between Michael Jackson and Jeeves the butler.
Seriously though, how could Cody Ross be lost enough that he thought Mike Pelfrey was throwing at him there? The count was 2-2 and Pelfrey had two outs. Just crazy that he reacted the way he did.
I’ll tell you: Some of these guys seem to think they are too good to get hit.
Luckily, cooler heads prevailed. For a second there I thought Pedro was about to serve tea.
UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: How good is this Pelfrey guy?
In his last 30 innings, Pelfrey has allowed four earned runs, 18 hits and walked three.
The big guy’s at 75 pitches through five. We won’t see another CG unless the Marlins mail it in the last few innings like Atlanta did a couple weeks back.
UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: The Mets are starting to do that thing where the offense goes quiet. They are 0 for 7 with a walk since there were two out in the third.
Also, for the fans out there who are curious, a reader passed along a link to his site. It’s complicated, but it does an excellent job of using statistics to give teams’ odds of making the playoffs.
UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: Hanley Ramirez is probably Pelfrey’s last batter with his pitch count at 108 and lefty Jeremy Hermida up next.
UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: Yup, that’ll be all for Pelfrey, who threw 116 pitches/67 strikes. He appeared to be as good as ever, but lost his command the last two innings. He needed 34 pitches to get the last four outs.
UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: Big out for Duaner Sanchez, who suffered a knee injury in Philadelphia. Manuel wasn’t sure if he would be available tonight.
Scott Schoeneweis (back) and Luis Ayala (groin) are also not available, but Manuel said he’d rest Ayala after yesterday’s 32-pitch effort.
UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: Disaster strikes again for the Mets and their bullpen. Mike Jacobs absolutely crushed that ball. … Not many guys look more powerful when they catch one.
I have no idea what kind of pitch Sanchez just threw. It was 81, had little to no movement and zero break. Normally, I’d say his velocity is down but he did hit 93 on the gun. Who knows?
Looks like the Mets will have to patch another one together and try to rally.