Well, Mike Pelfrey did an adequate job, three runs, eight hits in six innings. But last night there was clutch hitting for the Mets. So far that’s what they have been lacking against Chris Volstad. Bases loaded two outs in the first, Ryan Church strands all three. First and second one out in the third, Church grounds into a double play. Second and third one out, in the sixth, Brian Schneider can only bring in one with a grounder to short. Ramon Martinez really blundered trying to go to third on the play.
But Volstad is out of the game after six (one run, five hits), so we’ll see what the Mets can do against the Marlins’ bullpen.
Update, 10:17 Well, this really looks like last September through 7 1/2 innings. The Marlins came in here last year for the final series and won the opener, 7-4, and dropped the Mets a game back of Philadelphia. This time, the offense (one run, six hits), the defense (Daniel Murphy’s error to allow a run to score) and the bullpen (three runs allowed) have broken down so far. Florida seems to take great satisfication in messing things up for the Mets. It did last year at least. If the Marlins hold on, they figure to be rather pleased. The Phillies have beaten the Nats 8-4, so if there’s no comeback, the Mets would be two back with two play. The Mets are Cubs fans right now. That game at Milwaukee is 1-1 in the last of the sixth as we type.