The Florida Marlins are not a team Mike Pelfrey (10-2, 2.71) enjoys facing, but then again, this is a different Pelfrey.
Pelfrey beat the Marlins in his major league debut, July 8, 2006, but has gone 0-6 with a 5.82 ERA in nine starts since.
He has not faced Florida this season.
But, this year we’ve seen a different Pelfrey, who is 6-1 with a 2.38 ERA in his last eight starts, including beating Minnesota last Friday.
“I wouldn’t way it’s beyond where I thought I could be,’’ Pelfrey said of his hot first half. “It’s a good start.’’
At one time speculated to be in trade talks with Minnesota for Johan Santana, the Mets resisted and now might have surpassed Santana as the ace of the staff.
Pelfrey has given up 30 earned runs in 99 2/3 innings, but 11 of them have come in his two losses to Philadelphia and the Yankees. He gave up four runs in a no-decision in a May 12 start against Washington, but has given up three runs or less in each of his remaining 13 starts, including no runs five times.
Pelfrey will be pitching to avoid the Mets being swept in a series since May 13-16, when the Marlins got them in a four-game set.
Here’s the revised lineup with Jose Reyes scratched with a stiff lower back.
Jesus Feliciano, CF
Ruben Tejada, SS
David Wright, 3B
Ike Davis, 1B
Jason Bay, LF
Chris Carter, RF
Rod Barajas, C
Alex Cora, 2B
Mike Pelfrey, RP