Going into Philly – with a layover in Pittsburgh – on the heels of consecutive sweepsis a very real possibility after being thumped by the Yankees and losing the first two games at Milwaukee.
Enter Mike Pelfrey, stopper.
Pelfrey (5–3, 4.67 ERA) will start for the Mets. For the most part, Pelfrey has kept the ball in the park, giving up 25 in 60 starts since 2006, the fewest in the major leagues in the span.
When Pelfrey is on his game, he’s getting ahead in the count. Opponents are batting .201 against him when he gets ahead 0-and-1. When he doesn’t get that strike, hitters are batting .361.
Yesterday, manager Jerry Manuel said he’d rest David Wright and Gary Sheffield, but today changed his mind.
Here’s today’s line-up against Yovani Gallardo and the Brewers:
Alex Cora, SS
Luis Castillo, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Ryan Church, RF
Nick Evans, LF
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Fernando Martinez, CF
Brian Schneider, C
Mike Pelfrey, RP