- Which was a more accurate reflection of Pelfrey’s start last Tuesday in Baltimore — the 11 straight batters he retired to start the game, or the eight hits and walks he allowed to the final 13 batters he faced? Pelfrey is fine with the result — a victory — but the process could use a bit more consistency. And the Mets hope Pelfrey can find some at Citi Field, where his ERA (3.52) is markedly lower than on the road (5.78). Pelfrey has never faced the Rays.
- Mike Pelfrey counters for New York looking to build on his first win in more than a month. The right-hander retired the first 11 batters he faced, but ended up allowing two runs and five hits over 5 2-3 innings in a 6-4 victory at Baltimore on Tuesday. The win was his first since May 7 against Philadelphia. Pelfrey has never faced the Rays and is 3-0 with a 5.32 ERA in four interleague starts – all wins for the Mets.
- The Rays lead the majors with 391 runs scored, but theyâ€™ve been limited to three in each of their last four games
Daniel Murphy 1B
Carlos Beltran CF
David Wright 3B
Gary Sheffield LF
Ryan Church RF
Brian Schneider C
Wilson Valdez SS
Mike Pelfrey RHP
- Tampa Bay snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday, beating the Mets (34-32) 3-1 to improve to 2-25 this season when scoring three or fewer runs.
- Carl Crawfordâ€™s slump continued, though, as he grounded into a double play and was caught stealing during an 0-for-4 performance. The left fielder, who is hitting .302 this season, is 3 for 29 (.103) in his last eight games and has gone hitless in eight at-bats in this series.
- While the Rays are struggling offensively, the slumping Mets have lost seven of 10 and havenâ€™t won a series since taking two of three against Washington June 5-7. Their last three losses have been by a combined five runs.
- Tampa Bay gives the ball to Jeff Niemann, who has benefited from plenty of run support recently. After giving up five runs over 3 2-3 innings against the Los Angeles Angels on June 10, Niemann needed 96 pitches to get through five innings against Colorado on Tuesday. He allowed three runs and five hits in the 12-4 win. The Rays have scored 24 runs while the right-hander has been on the mound in his last three starts.
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