Things were looking status quo for the Mets today through 6. Pelfrey had allowed some damage early giving up a run in the first but was able to avoid a disaster by getting Philly after Philly to ground out with his pitches getting down in the zone. Pelf finished with 6 innings pitched, 99 pitches-61 for strikes and only one run allowed. The new look Mets pen was ready to come in and nail down the sweep.
Unfortunately for the 2nd straight appearance Ramon Ramirez just didn’t have it. After giving up 2 hits, 2 walks and a run in his last appearance vs the Nats, he followed up with a 3 hit 2 run performance and blown save in today’s contest. Not to be outdone, Acosta came in for the 8th and put the game out of reach. Thanks to a throwing error from Ruben Tejada which pulled Ike off the bag, none of the 4 runs that Acosta allowed will be tacked on his ERA. By the time Miggy came in the game was officially in mop up duty and he provided similar results allowing another run as the Phillies batted around in the 8th to give the Phillies an 8-2 advantage.
So the good news is that the Mets did win another series, this time in Philly. Also there were very encouraging signs from Pelfrey who if he can provide 6 innings of manageable baseball will be a plus for the Mets. While the bullpen imploded today giving up 7 runs (3 earned), it was not the go to guys today. Ramirez I think will be but he is struggling right now. Acosta and Miggy are guys that could be on the way out as the season progresses. More good news in the fact that Ike managed to double his BA with 2 hits including a 2 run homerun vs Hamels in the first. Wright continues to hit well going 2-4 and sporting a .571 BA, and Duda followed up yesterday’s two hit performance with 2 more hits.
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Tomorrow the Mets take on the red hot Braves who after losing their first 4 games have won 5 in a row. On the mound for the Mets will be Dillon Gee opposing Tommy Hanson who was the hard luck loser on opening day vs the Mets. Something to keep an eye on for Hanson is that his velocity has been down and he has been unable to get out of the 5th inning running up high pitch counts in a hurry. For a full preview: MLB Gameday Preview