After a winter of gloomy projections and lowly expectations the Mets take a four-game inning streak into tonight’s start in Philadelphia. They didn’t win their fourth game last season until April 17.
It has been only five games, but the Mets are combining hitting (a .296 team average) with sterling starting pitching (a 1.47 ERA from the rotation. They have hustled as manager Terry Collins promised and for the most part have been fundamentally sound, which the manager also vowed.
“I’ve said that I think we can play with anybody, but it will take all 25 guys,’’ said Collins.
One of those guys is Pelfrey, whose Opening Day start at Florida is the Mets’ only blemish to the young season.
I’m really looking forward to see how Pelfrey rebounds tonight against the Phillies. Pelfrey didn’t make it out of the fifth inning against the Marlins, but that’s nothing new against Florida.
Life hasn’t always been a day at the beach at Philadelphia either for Pelfrey, who is 1-2 with an 8.17 ERA while giving up seven homers in his last five starts in Philly.
After rocking Cole Hamels last night, it is easy to think the pitching match-ups favor the Mets tonight with Pelfrey going against Joe Blanton, but he’s 4-0 with a 1.27 ERA in four home starts against New York.
From today’s press briefing, Collins said:
* Since he hasn’t worked in three days, Collins said he would get Francisco Rodriguez into the game.
* With tomorrow a day game, Carlos Beltran is expected to get the day off.
* Unlike Jerry Manuel, who tended to ride horse until it dropped, Collins will continue to play his bench.
Tonight’s lineup at Philadelphia:
Jose Reyes, SS
Willie Harris, LF
David Wright, 3B
Carlos Beltran, RF
Angel Pagan, CF
Ike Davis, 1B
Brad Emaus, 2B
Josh Thole, C
Mike Pelfrey, RP