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Right-hander Mike Pelfrey, spectacular in his first four starts, gives the Mets a strong counterbalance to Hanson.
For the Mets, the revamped lineup manager Jerry Manuel said was intended to “get Jason Bay going” worked again Saturday. Jose Reyes, batting third, recorded his third steal since returning April 15 and scored on Bay’s second run-scoring extra-base hit in as many games. Jeff Francoeur also had a key hit, batting in the No. 7 spot.
Pelfrey is on a roll, but the Braves are not his favorite team to face. He has a 2-5 mark and 6.09 ERA in nine outings against Atlanta. He’s coming off seven shutout innings against the Cubs that improved his home mark to 2-0, 1.38 so far. … Other than being 1-0 after Opening Day, the Mets could move past the .500 mark for the first time since last June 27, when they were 37-36.
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For the Braves, hitting coach Terry Pendleton is scratching his head over a stretch in which Atlanta has scored three runs or fewer in nine of the 16 games since its 16-run outburst on Opening Day.
“Obviously, when your team isn’t hitting and you’re the hitting coach, you should wonder what in the heck is going on,” Pendleton said before Saturday afternoon’s game against the Mets. “Maybe there’s something I’m not getting across or something I’m not doing. So I have to reassess myself, and I have to do it every year to see if there is something more I can be doing.”
Chipper Jones didn’t have much of a 38th birthday, on the field at least, and it doesn’t sound like Sunday will be much better. Jones came out of Saturday’s game with a right hip injury and said afterward it’s likely it might be a few days before he returns. “I was fine and then the first swing, it just popped,” Jones said. Martin Prado took his place in the lineup Saturday.