By Mike Steffanos
Game 12: Mets 6 - Nationals 0
For one day at least, life is good again.
After looking like a lost soul this spring, Mike Pelfrey has looked like a legitimate pitcher in his first two starts of the year. Given the setbacks that Pedro and El Duque have experienced, this couldn't be more welcome news. Both of Mike's wins have been against division rivals, the Phillies and Nats, and have stopped losing streaks of 2 and 3 games, respectively.
Sometimes a young guy can pitch a couple of nice games and still look a little shaky, but Pelfrey really looks like he's getting a clue. He was economical this time around, needing 100 pitches to negotiate 7 innings, mostly because 65 of those pitches were strikes. It was a nice step forward for the kid. If he becomes a legit major league starter he might start a trend with that mouthguard.
If there was a disappointment tonight, it was that Odalis Perez was able to negotiate 6 innings and only give up 2 runs to the Mets' offense. Still, they broke through against a Nats bullpen which often stymied them last season, David Wright's bat continues to awaken and Jose Reyes returned with a strong 4-5.
Then Duaner Sanchez comes in and pitches a scoreless ninth. All in all, a promising night in Flushing.