Game Thread: Mets (52-59) vs Diamondbacks (50-62)
Rather than pitch against the Padres, Pelfrey became a padre. The birth of his first child Thursday pushed his 22nd start back two days. Now he pitches in Phoenix rather than San Diego and with seven days rest. The Diamondbacks were his last opponent. Pelfrey lost his start against them Aug. 2 at Citi Field, allowing three runs in five hits and three walks in five innings. He threw 107 pitches. He has averaged merely 5.4 innings in his past 12 starts after a run of five in which he averaged 6.9. Pelfrey’s ERA on the road is 5.75, and five of the nine home runs he has allowed have come in the 51 2/3 innings he has pitched away from Citi. He is winless with three losses and a 5.91 ERA in four career starts against the D-backs.
Davis looked to be on the way to a tough-luck loss in his last outing before the D-backs rallied to beat the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Davis allowed a pair of runs over seven innings. The D-backs rallied for three runs in the eighth to take a 4-2 lead and Davis wound up with his second win in three starts. After a rough pair of outings, Davis has allowed just four runs in 19 innings over his last three starts and is 2-0 over that stretch while the D-backs are 3-0 in those games. In his start prior to his last one he got a no decision against the Mets. He held New York to two runs over six innings. Davis does not give into hitters, which results in his high walk total, but he also can try to be too fine at times which compounds the problem.