By Mike Steffanos
Braves 7 - Mets 3
Just a few thoughts on last night's game:
While it's worrisome that Mike Pelfrey is having command problems in his first two games, I think he needs to be given some time before people start looking to who in New Orleans might replace him. We saw the same thing with Brian Bannister before he got hurt last spring -- he was throwing strikes in spring training and having command issues once they started playing the games for real. You have to give a young guy some time to get his feet wet and catch his breath before you make a decision. Not everything we saw out of Mike Pelfrey was bad last night.
It's hard to groom young pitchers in this market, particularly when you have a game against the Braves that is the first game of an important series. It's hard to be patient. I'm going to reserve judgment on Pelfrey until he can pitch 4 or 5 times in the rhythm of the rotation.
I'm disappointed with Pedro Feliciano's outing last night. After pitching a strong sixth inning, he gets in trouble with the 1-out double and the Reyes error in the seventh. Giving up the walk to Andruw Jones was understandable, but not walking a run in by issuing a free pass to Francoeur. Still, I was surprised that Willie didn't have him out of there earlier. With the extra lefty in the 'pen this year, I would have brought the righty in for Francoeur.
I'm not critical of the decision to bring in Burgos with the bases loaded. It's 5-0 at that point, and Burgos has already bailed Feliciano out of a bases-loaded jam in the home opener against the Phillies. It didn't work out well last night, but then again, not much did.
Last night was just a game to tip your hat to Tim Hudson. When a guy is throwing that well, a team has to be almost perfect to beat him. The Mets weren't close to perfect last night. The Braves are on a roll, but not everything is rosy for them. Mike Gonzalez is out, and Rafael Soriano has been struggling. They have some work to do with this bullpen. On the other hand, their starting pitching looks really tough right now -- good enough to carry them while they sort out their bullpen. It's April, and there's a long way to go and many questions to be answered for both clubs.
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|TOTAL (2 Games)||10.2||6||6||12||5||6||1||5.06||1.69||1-1|