By Mike Steffanos
Game 122: Mets 2 - Pirates 1
One run lead in the ninth. Playing against the Pirates. Aaron Heilman on the mound carrying the hopes of both Mets fans and a starter who had pitched effectively. Sound familiar? This one had a happy ending, though, as Heilman notched his third save of the season.
Not much to talk about offensively, but you had to love the defensive effort and Mike Pelfrey's outing. When he came out of the game after 7 innings, it went through my mind just how valuable Pelfrey has become to this staff. Not only has he pitched effectively, but he's also going deep into games.
In his last 9 starts, he has pitched 6 innings or more 7 times. Six of those starts were 7 innings or more. How valuable is that to an overworked bullpen?
I was impressed by the way the Mets played this game. They need to continue to play with the intensity shown yesterday -- hopefully with a better offensive game. I'd love to look back on a series against the Pirates that features happy memories.