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Close, And Then Not So Much

Mike SteffanosSaturday, May 3, 2008
By Mike Steffanos

Game 28: Diamondbacks 10 - Mets 4

The Mets staged a nice comeback in this one to make it a game, but then Duaner Sanchez comes into the game and can't get anyone out. Then Scott Schoeneweis comes in with the bases loaded, a couple of runs already in, and allows all three inherited runners to score. What had a chance of being a nice comeback win or at least a relatively well-played loss turns into another blowout defeat. Such is the story of the 2008 Mets.

After a couple of promising games to start the year, Mike Pelfrey has come back down to earth in a hurry. Here are his last 3 games, including today:

Season   (5 Games)27.1161638111435.271.902-3

It seems we're back to the Mike Pelfrey we saw a lot last year: struggling to throw strikes and giving up tons of baserunners. Frankly, although his ERA is over 8 in his last three starts it could have been worse. He managed to wriggle out of trouble quite a few times today, yet still left the game on the wrong side of a 5-1 ballgame.

To give the Mets credit, they came back against Brandon Webb and made a game out of it on Delgado's 3-run homer in the sixth. But then they couldn't manage a baserunner the next two innings against Chad Qualls and Tony Pena, and Duaner Sanchez lets it get out of reach.

A couple of people have asked me if I thought Sanchez might be pitching a little too much right now. Probably, but the whole bullpen is for that matter. Sanchez pitched a very easy inning in Friday night's win, and I thought he would be okay to pitch an inning tonight. Only he could answer whether it was fatigue or he just didn't have it.

Santana vs. Danny Haren in the rubber game tomorrow. It would be nice if they could bounce back and take the series.

View Mike Pelfrey's Full Season Stats

Box Score

Comments (2)

Santana vs. Danny Haren. Sounds like our whish list a few months ago. I think we made the right choice of the two, but wouldn't it be great if we had both of them now? Just a nice good morning thought.

It would have cost more in prospects for Haren. I think the right decision was made, although I wish baseball would get away from giving anything longer than a 4-year contract to pitchers.

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