By Mike Steffanos
Game 90: Mets 7 - Giants 0
When Mike Pelfrey pitched the Mets to a victory in Colorado June 22, I posted some stats that clearly showed that he turned a corner with his terrific late-May start against the Dodgers. The trend continues:
|Mike Pelfrey (Last 8 starts)|
Sometimes numbers only tell part of the story, but in Pelfrey's case the numbers speak volumes. After averaging more walks than strikeouts per nine in his first 9 outings, Mike has pushed his strikeout to walk ratio up close to 2-1. In his last 8 he's allowing more than 3 fewer hits per nine innings and his ERA is half of what it was. Pelfrey has not been taken deep in his last 10 starts.
It's gotten to the point where I feel like the Mets have a decent chance to win whenever Pelfrey goes out there. As a matter of fact, he's been their best pitcher during this stretch. If you could have gotten Vegas odds on that back when Pelfrey was 2-6 with a 5.33 ERA after losing to the Marlins on May 26, you'd be sitting pretty right now.
Interesting sour grapes from the MLB.com Giants beat writer:
The dominant right-hander on this muggy evening at Shea Stadium was not Lincecum, but New York's Mike Pelfrey, who allowed three hits -- only one of which left the infield -- in seven innings. The Giants had the misfortune of encountering Pelfrey (7-6) when all the stars and planets were aligned in his favor. He has allowed two or fewer runs in 10 starts and four or more in his other seven.
Two runs or fewer in 10 of 17 starts would seem pretty impressive to me, and would be a sign of something more substantial than the stars and planets being aligned. Pretty silly, really -- as if the writer felt Pelfrey was unworthy of beating their golden child. Jerk...
Speaking of jerks, another great call by the umpires in the first when they decided that running on the grass to avoid a tag was not running out of the baseline. Apparently they decided Easley didn't chase him far enough trying to tag him. We used to have plays like that in the sandlot growing up. A player would run about 100 feet out of the baseline to avoid being tagged and then we'd argue about it for the next 20 minutes or so. Obviously having real umpires on hand doesn't guarantee the right call, either.
The Mets were remarkably un-flat coming off that Phillies series. They've been letting down in games like this all year, and it was refreshing and a little surprising that they came out strong. Of course, it's easier when your starting pitcher is practically unhittable. Still, if this keeps up I may be forced to start believing these guys have a chance to be a happy story in the second half. A month ago this team looked totally lost. However it plays out the rest of the way, kudos to Jerry Manuel for getting them to compete again.