Angel Pagan CF
Luis Castillo 2B
Gary Sheffield LF
Jeff Francoeur RF
Fernando Tatis 3B
Daniel Murphy 1B
Omir Santos C
Anderson Hernandez SS
Mike Pelfrey (8-8, 4.75 ERA) P
The Mets will face a Phillies pitcher who is a shadow of his former self from last season. It’s actually a pretty good pitching match-up as Pelfrey faces Cole Hamels who has similar numbers (7-7, 4.69 ERA). Pelfrey is 2-1 with a 3.24 ERA in four starts against the Phils. Hamels, on the other hand, had an 8.71 ERA in his last two starts.
Sheffield is back in the lineup a day after he allegedly took himself out of it. He reportedly went to Omar Minaya asking for a contract extension but was turned down. He can’t retaliate too badly, lest he ruin his chances of getting traded to another team. I can see why the Mets didn’t agree to next season, but it would still have been nice to have his bat on the bench. Sheffield’s much better suited as a DH on an American League team.
So, the Mets hope to give Pelfrey enough run support to eke out a win against the division leader. The only thing the Mets are playing for this weekend is to maintain some dignity on the anniversary of the 1969 World Series team and to go ahead in the season series, which now stands at 6-5 Philadelphia.
The game is under a rain delay.
Update: The game is slated to start 8:25 p.m.