- Pelfrey had a nice bounce-back performance against the Nationals Wednesday, but it still resulted in a loss. He went seven innings deep and let up three runs, including a two-run homer to Josh Willingham off a slider which the big right-hander hung over the plate. Pelfrey was firing mid-90′s on the gun, and mentioned after the game that he was “the Mike that hasn’t been there for a while.” Both manager Jerry Manuel and third baseman David Wright said that Pelfrey’s stuff was some of the best they’ve seen from him.
- Marquis, tied with the Giants’ Matt Cain for the National League lead in victories, was not healthy for his last start, but you’d have never known it. He went eight innings in a victory over the Padres on July 19, but a middle-finger blister that had been bothering him for more than a month caused him to alter his grip on his main two pitches, his sinker and his changeup. He was supposed to start Friday against Cain and the Giants, but was pushed back and will start in his hometown. After a bullpen session Sunday, Marquis reported that he could throw with his normal grip for the first time in two weeks.