Mike Pelfrey: Stopper.
That’s what Pelfrey has become to the Mets in his emergence as a dominant pitcher, as four of his seven victories have come on the heels of a Mets’ loss.
Pelfrey will attempt to stop the bleeding tonight in the wake of the Padres’ torching the Mets’ staff for 18 runs on 19 hits last night. Pelfrey (7-1, 2.54 ERA) will be seeking to win his fourth straight start; he threw seven scoreless innings in a shutout of Philadelphia last Thursday.
“I think your job is to put up zeros,’’ said Pelfrey, in seven of his 10 starts has given up two or fewer runs.
Lifetime, Pelfrey is 1-0 with a 4.08 ERA in three starts against San Diego.
WHEELS IN MOTION: The Mets are up to something, with Jesus Feliciano making just his fourth start of the season tonight in center field for Class AAA Buffalo.
If the Mets are convinced Feliciano can handle center on a limited basis – most likely on the road away from the Citi Field’s vast outfield because of his range – it could mean the end of Gary Matthews’ stay with the Mets.
It would be Feliciano’s second start in center over the past few days.
THE PEREZ SAGA: Peter Gammons told WFAN today that agent, Scott Boras, approached the Mets about putting Oliver Perez on the disabled list and seeing a sports psychologist but was rebuffed by COO Jeff Wilpon.
Subsequently, Perez has refused to go to the minor leagues. Neither Boras nor the Mets have commented.
NOTEBOOK: Jon Niese is on track to be activated from the disabled list and start Saturday against Florida. … Daniel Murphy was to play second base tonight for Class AAA Buffalo. … The gimpy Luis Castillo starts tonight at second base.
Here’s tonight’s lineup at San Diego:
Jose Reyes, SS
Luis Castillo, 2B
Jason Bay, LF
Ike Davis, 1B
David Wright, 3B
Angel Pagan, CF
Rod Barajas, C
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Mike Pelfrey, RP