Mets Game 132: Win Over Astros

Mets 9 Astros 1

Mike Pelfrey did it again.

For the 11th time in his last 13 decisions, Mike was magnificent. Big Pelf scattered six hits and allowed no walks, striking out six over nine innings, and nearly completed his first big-league shutout. Pelfrey has established himself as the Mets’ second-best pitcher, is pitching like an ace, and there are no further superlatives that can possibly describe his performances or value since early June.

Though in the end he only needed two, the Mets gave Mike nine to work with. Six of those nine came courtesy of Carlos Delgado, who could very well make a run for NL MVP if he keeps his current pace. In addition to his two three-run bombs, Delgado was hustling all over the place and made a fantastic, diving stop in the top of the ninth (though all I could think about was that commercial “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”). Kudos to Carlos!

Fitting, isn’t it, that both Pelf and Delgado should have such great games simultaneously?

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. isuzudude August 26, 2008 at 5:59 am
    Good win after a bad loss on Sunday. Now it’s time to bring on the Phillies, who are suddenly red hot with wins in 7 of their last 8 games. I absolutely loathe the Phillies and their fans with every ounce of my body and I’m going to take it pretty hard if we get beat up or swept. I’d like to think Pedro can take care of business tonight and that the offense can strike early and often against the “ageless wonder” Moyer, but something is making me very apprehensive.
  2. joe August 26, 2008 at 7:51 am
    One win is all that’s needed in Philly. I’ll be very happy with a split, which keeps things status quo.

    Though I may feel more greedy after Labor Day.

  3. Micalpalyn August 26, 2008 at 11:04 am
    I am the goat here. I did not say it but i was thinking it was time for Nick Evans to spot start at 1st again.

    I knew we’d win this game same as i think we will win most of Santana’s starts. i think Ollie’s start was decent especially given that we was in line for the win Sunday. Interesting that the Phils and Mets starters are at this point as good as they have been all year.

  4. sincekindergarten August 26, 2008 at 3:57 pm
    I went to bed after three or four innings–I can’t remember. My lovely daughter getting us up at o-dark-thirty on a daliy basis, plus four or five Harvest Moons (Joe, you should have tried this one by now), meant that I wasn’t going to last any length of time. What I saw of Big Pelf, though, was enough to convince me that he’s waaaaay more advanced than I ever could have thought, at this time, seeing the start of the season. Maine just might be the #3 next year.
  5. joe August 26, 2008 at 11:07 pm
    Harvest Moon? SK, you’re already in deep trouble for getting me back into the habit of drinking beer — something I hadn’t done in over 10 years. Now my fridge is constantly stocked with Blue Moon, and lately the summer-themed “Honey Moon” which my wife enjoys. What’s this about “Harvest Moon”?

    Oh … and about Pelfrey … I think he’s already established himself as #2.

    And who would’ve thought back in March that Pelf would be the team’s leader in wins in late August, and it wouldn’t be because Johan was a disappointment? Crazy.