Pelfrey continued his run of excellent outings, overcoming some personal demons against the Marlins by allowing just one run on five hits in 7 2/3 innings on Friday. It was his longest start of the season, and the first in which he had given up fewer than two runs. Pelfrey faces a Pirates team against which he has never yielded an earned run. That comprises only one career start, however, when Pelfrey pitched seven shutout innings en route to a 2-1 victory last August.
- The Mets, losers of seven of their last nine on the road, have shortstop Jose Reyes (calf), first baseman Carlos Delgado (hip), right fielder Ryan Church (hamstring) and reserve left fielder Angel Pagan (groin) on the disabled list.
- PelfreyÂ has become accustomed to getting little help of late. Over his last four starts, the right-hander has gone 0-1 with a 2.28 ERA and has received only four runs to work with.
- Pelfrey, who hasnâ€™t won since beating Philadelphia 7-5 on May 7, has put together a stretch of five quality starts. Heâ€™s also given up three runs or less in his last seven, going 3-1 with a 2.96 ERA.
- He won his only career start against the Pirates on Aug. 15, scattering seven hits in seven scoreless innings of a 2-1 win at PNC Park.
- But rested or not, the team will not have J.J. Putz in what had become his accustomed role as the eighth-inning setup man. Jerry Manuel said he intends to ease Putz back into that role — the one the Mets had designed for him — and until Putz is functional, Bobby Parnell will go in the eighth inning and Putz will be the seventh-inning pitcher.
- Putz hardly seemed put off by the change of assignment. He said it could “eliminate stress.” He referred to his role as “pitching in the sixth and seventh inning” and said he was used in that early setup role last season with the Mariners when he developed a mechanical flaw. The current problem, he said, was mechanical. He and pitching coach Dan Warthen had detected a “glaring mechanical flaw that probably goes back to last year,” Putz said.
Alex Cora(wb), SS
Luis Castillo, 2B
Carlos Beltran(wb), CF
Gary Sheffield, RF
David Wright, 3B
Daniel Murph, 1B
Fernando Martinez, LF
Omir Santos, C
Mike Pelfry, P
Ohlendorf wasn’t able to string together two straight solid starts, as he lasted just 5+ innings and gave up four runs in a loss to Houston. Ohlendorf’s 97 pitches were the second most of the season, and his three walks tied for a season high. Ohlendorf has two appearances against the Mets in his career, although neither have been starts. He has struggled in those two games, however, as he surrendered 10 runs in only 1 2/3 innings. The Mets are hitting .615 against Ohlendorf in his career, which is the highest batting average for any team against the right-hander.
The PiratesÂ are looking to take advantage of New Yorkâ€™s absences and win their third consecutive game.
Pittsburgh hopes right-hander Ross Ohlendorf ran avoid a personal three-game slide after giving up four runs and eight hits in five innings of Fridayâ€™s 6-1 loss to Houston. Ohlendorf has been solid at home, going 3-2 with a 3.72 ERA in five outings. Heâ€™ll get his first start against the Mets after failing to get a decision in two relief outings with the New York Yankees, giving up 10 runs and eight hits in 1 2-3 innings.
McCutchen, who was playing at Triple-A Indianapolis this season, reported to Pittsburgh after the Pirates dealt McLouth to the Braves and will be playing immediately as an everyday player in Pittsburgh. His first game in a big league uniform will be against the Mets in Thursday’s matinee. Baseball America ranked the 22-year-old McCutchen as the Pirates’ second-best prospect entering the season and the outfielder was Pittsburgh’s Minor League Player of the Year in 2006.
Andrew McCutchen, CF
Nyjer Morgan, LF
Freddy Sanchez, 2B
Adam Laroche, 1B
Andy Laroche, 3B
Brandon Moss, RF
Jason Jaramillo, C
Jack Wilson, SS
Ross Ohlendorf. P
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