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In Pelfrey’s last start, the young pitcher beat the Washington Nationals on a chilly night at Citi Field, giving up two runs on four hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked four.
Pelfrey mixed his signature power sinker and a new cut fastball to great success, baffling the Nationals and impressing his catcher, Rod Barajas.
“Everyone knows about his sinker,” Barajas said. “But the cutter isn’t just a good pitch, it’s a great pitch. And he’s not even that familiar with it yet.”
Mets manager Jerry Manuel said batting usual leadoff man Jose Reyes third this weekend in St. Louis is a “possibility” since outfielder Angel Pagan has proven capable of batting first. The only thing holding Reyes back is whether he’s fully back to health after dealing with thyroid issues that kept him out of action for a month. … Pelfrey is 3-2 in five career starts against Colorado.
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Meanwhile, De La Rosa’s 2010 lid-lifter, which also happened to be the Rockies’ home opener, was simply scintillating.
The lefty, who went 16-9 last year in a breakout season for the 2009 National League Wild Card-winning Rockies, silenced the Padres with seven innings of scoreless, one-hit ball, striking out nine in front of a regular-season record crowd of 49,509.
“It’s my first Opening Day in the big leagues, and I want to throw more and more of those,” said De La Rosa, who eclipsed the Rockies’ previous home opener record of eight strikeouts, shared by Pedro Astacio in 1999 and Shawn Chacon in 2003.
Long reliever Esmil Rogers is wowing the Rockies with the movement on his lively fastball. Rogers will most likely be sent down to Triple-A Colorado Springs when the club recalls late-signing left-hander Joe Beimel, but Rockies manager Jim Tracy has big plans for Rogers. “I see this young man as part of the future of this organization, and a very bright part of this future,” Tracy said. “This is starting pitcher-type stuff.” … De La Rosa is 3-0 with a 3.71 ERA in eight career games, only two of them starts, against the Mets.