Mets Game 19: Win Over Braves
Mets 1 Braves 0
For once, everything went right for the Mets.
Mike Pelfrey did not pitch well, but battled and stranded a small country on the bases. Tommy Hanson pitched very well, but was the unlucky recipient of poor defense and wet conditions that allowed Jose Reyes to steal a hit, steal a base, and steal a run.
And though Big Pelf threw over 100 through five frames, it didn’t matter, because the game was called due to rain after one pitch was thrown (by Raul Valdes) in the sixth.
Mike Pelfrey threw 71 pitches in the first three innings and was out of the game after the fifth. His final line was 5 IP, 5 H, 5 BB, 3 K, 0 R, 106 pitches, 59 strikes. Going by current standards, that’s an “outstanding” performance. Meh. Big Pelf did extend his consecutive scoreless innings total to 24, which is the longest by a Met since John Maine threw 26 scoreless in 2006.
In case you were wondering, Mark Guthrie threw 27 scoreless innings in 2002.
Another interesting stat: Pelfrey’s 0.69 ERA thus far matches Nolan Ryan (1970) for best by a Met in March/April.
Luis Castillo went 2-for-3, and was the only batter with a multi-hit game.
David Wright struck out again, and is now hitting .222. According to the statheads, Wright’s BABIP is far below his career average, suggesting that he’s simply unlucky. I don’t know though … has Wright put a ball in play in the last two weeks?
But hey, what does it matter? The Mets swept the Braves!
Next Mets Game
The Mets host the Dodgers for a 3-game series in Flushing beginning at 7:10 PM on Monday night. Oliver Perez attempts to pitch against Hiroki Kuroda.