Game Thread: Mets (57-69) vs Marlins (66-59)
In his last outing, Pelfrey put forth his second straight solid start, limiting the Phillies to two runs on six hits over six innings. The right-hander escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in his final inning, inducing popups from pinch-hitter Ben Francisco and Jimmy Rollins. Next, Pelfrey will face his career nemesis in the Marlins, against whom he is 1-5 with a 5.36 ERA in nine career starts. Pelfrey did, however, have one of his best starts of the season against Florida earlier this year, holding the NL East foe to one run on five hits in 7 2/3 innings in a no-decision on May 29 at Citi Field. Pelfrey is 0-1 with a 5.94 ERA in three career starts at Land Shark Stadium. Cody Ross is 5-for-14 against Pelfrey with two extra-base hits, while four of Dan Uggla’s seven hits off the righty have been doubles. Hanley Ramirez is the only current Marlins batter with a home run against Pelfrey.
A rarity happened in Johnson’s last start. The All-Star was unable to turn in a quality start. Twenty of his 25 starts have been quality caliber — at least six innings and three or less earned runs. At Houston, however, the 25-year-old gave up four runs in 4 1/3 innings. It was his third-shortest outing of the season. Johnson will look to bounce back against a team he has enjoyed great success against. Johnson is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in three starts against the Mets this year, and he’s 6-0 (2.05) in his career.