By Mike Steffanos
Phillies 5 - Mets 3
Played Sunday, July 1, 2007
It seemed like a lot to ask coming into the game for a team that had been sucking wind a week and a half earlier, particularly when I heard Oliver Perez wouldn't be making the start. Mike Pelfrey, while still throwing way too many pitches, pitched credibly enough to give the Mets a chance in this one, but the bats went dormant once more despite facing a pitcher they should have hit. It's hard to complain about taking 3 of 4 on the road from a tough opponent, but I can't help feeling the sense of opportunity lost.
Mike Pelfrey did a couple of things right yesterday that were good to see. He came out aggressive in the first inning and got out clean. That was his downfall early in the year. Then after really struggling in the third inning, he settled down and gave the team a strong fourth and fifth that kept them right in the game. It may not have been a dominant start, but it was a baby step forward for Mike Pelfrey.
|Mike Pelfrey (Last 5 Starts)|
|Season (7 Games)||35.1||25||24||40||16||20||3||6.11||1.70||1-6|
Just a couple more quick thoughts on this one. First of all, while I agree it's time for the struggling Julio Franco to go. He just doesn't seem to have the bat speed to compete against good fastballs. Unlike so many Mets fans, though, I'm not going to kill him for not running hard yesterday. He has a good track record of playing the game right, and everyone succumbs to frustrations at times. It's up to Mets management to make the call on a player like Franco, and I'm not going to hold it against him for a decision that's not Franco's to make. Blame Omar and Willie for this one.
I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm a little concerned about the upcoming games before the break. Colorado was very good until a recent slump, and the Astros are always tough at home. Now it sounds as if Perez won't pitch tomorrow, and may not at all before the break. The Mets can't afford to fall asleep again over these seven games or the NL can tighten right back up. I'd like to see them finish up strong heading into the All Star Break.