For all the talk about the Mets needing starting pitching, they are going through a stretch now where that seems inconceivable.
After winning the first two games of their series at Baltimore behind RA Dickey and Hisanori Takahashi (who gave up one run in a combined 14 innings), the Mets have pitched to a major league-leading 2.31 ERA in June as they have won eight of their last ten games.
They look to complete the road sweep – it would be their first in two years, and first ever in interleague play – behind the sizzling Mike Pelfrey (8-1, 2.23 ERA), who is seeking his fifth straight victory.
The last three-game road series they swept was Sept. 1-3, 2008, at Milwaukee.
“It just kind of shows you how bad things were last year and how bad we’ve been on the road this year,’’ said Jeff Francoeur. “It’s almost hard to think that that’s actually possible.’’
Well, it is.
Pelfrey is coming off a no-decision in arguably his best start of the season, when he gave up one run in nine innings last Tuesday against San Diego. Pelfrey is a scintillating 4-0 with a 1.19 ERA in his last five outings as he makes a strong bid for his first All-Star appearance.
Starting against Pelfrey is veteran Kevin Millwood (0-7, 4.64), who has been speculated to be one of the veteran arms the Mets might be considering at the July 31 trade deadline.
However, Millwood is 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA in his last five starts against the Mets.
Jose Reyes, SS
Angel Pagan, CF
David Wright, 3B
Ike Davis, 1B
Jason Bay, LF
Chris Carter, DH
Jesus Feliciano, RF
Alex Cora, 2B
Henry Blanco, C
Mike Pelfrey, RP