- Mike Pelfrey has given the New York Mets consistent pitching lately, but heâ€™s been unable to solve the Florida Marlins since his first start against them.
- The Mets, who have lost Pelfreyâ€™s last seven starts versus the Marlins, try to end that streak Friday night in the opener of a three-game home series.
- Pelfrey is winless in his last three starts but has pitched well in that span, going 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA. The Mets have given him one run of support in that stretch.
- New York is 6-2 in the right-handerâ€™s starts this season, and heâ€™s yielded three runs or fewer in each of his last six outings.
- Pelfrey turned in a solid effort Saturday at Boston, yielding two runs in seven innings of a 3-2 victory.
- New York has a winning record against every team in its division except Florida. The Marlins have won four of six meetings, with Jorge Cantu going 8 for 19 with three homers and nine RBIs in those games.
- New York has won three straight and five of six. Thatâ€™s due in part to Gary Sheffield, whoâ€™s hit safely in six straight games and is batting .419 (18 for 43) with four homers and 14 RBIs in his last 13.
Angel Pagan, RF
Luis Castillo, 2B
Carlos Beltran(wb), CF
Gary Sheffield, LF
David Wright, 3B
Fernando Tatis, 1b
Omir Santos, C
Ramon Martinez, SS
Mike Pelfry, P
- Florida is unsure whether Hanley Ramirez will be available Friday. The All-Star shortstop sat out Wednesdayâ€™s 6-2 win at Philadelphia with a tight right groin and is listed as day to day.
- The Mets will get their first look at Floridaâ€™s Sean West, who will make his second major league start. West yielded two runs over five innings Saturday and did not get a decision in a 10-3 loss to Tampa Bay.
- The 22-year-old left-hander, a first-round pick in 2005, is eager to make his first road start in New York.
- â€œIâ€™ve been told to expect some rude fans, and to ignore them and do my job,â€ West told the Marlinsâ€™ official Web site. â€œThatâ€™s what theyâ€™re expecting out of me and thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m going to give them.â€
Emilio Bonifacio, SS
Chris Coghlan, LF
Dan Uggla, 2B
Jorge Cantu, 1B
John Baker, C
Cody Ross, CF
Jeremy Hermida, RF
Wes Helms, 3b
Sean West, P
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