The Mets needed a break and got it tonight when their game against the Colorado Rockies was rained out. There will be a single admission doubleheader Thursday.
It is premature to panic over Mike Pelfrey after two horrific starts that have given him an unsightly 15.63 ERA.
Pelfrey said he’ll return to square one for tonight’s game against Colorado, and will rely more on his fastball and splitter something he didn’t do against Florida Opening Day and last week in Philadelphia when he gave up seven runs in two innings.
“I know I need to be better,’’ Pelfrey said in a classic understatement. “I just have to rely on my fastball and splitter, which I didn’t to the first two times out. … If I get beat, I have no problem walking off the field if I can say they beat my best stuff.’’
Against the Phillies, Pelfrey threw first-pitch fastballs to six of the 18 batters he faced. He didn’t say why he went away from his bread-and-butter.
This is what happened to Pelfrey last July when he was winless.
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News and notes prior to tonight’s game against Colorado:
* Back-up catcher Ronnie Paulino has completed the last eight games of his 50-game suspension for using PEDs and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list as he recovers from anemia. Frankly, I think the Mets caught a break on this one. I don’t understand getting credit for games on the suspension he wouldn’t have been able to play in regardless.
* Jose Reyes is off to a good start and is riding a streak of starting the last seven games with either a hit or walk. Reyes has five multi-hit games in the Mets’ first nine games.
* The Mets are hoping outfielder Jason Bay will be activated from the disabled list by the end of the week when the team is in Atlanta.
* The Mets are carrying 13 pitchers and will probably do so until Bay is ready to be activated.
Here’s tonight’s starting lineup vs. Rockies:
Jose Reyes, SS
Daniel Murphy, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Carlos Beltran, RF
Ike Davis, 1B
Angel Pagan, CF
Willie Harris, LF
Josh Thole, C
Mike Pelfrey, RP
We’re nine games into the season and a few things are quickly coming into focus, few of them good.
The team is hustling, always a positive, but how long will the attitude last if the pitching falters and the losing continues?
If you could have handicapped the first three series, you would’ve figured losses at Florida and Philadelphia, and beating Washington. A 4-5 record wouldn’t have been an unreasonable projection.
The bullpen has been terrible, the rotation spotty and the clutch hitting poor. Seventeen strikeouts yesterday against the Nationals is inexcusable. That being said, the Mets are lucky to be where they are.
It’s too soon to draw any definitive conclusions on the season, but to avoid a slide they need to show something against Colorado and Atlanta, seven games against superior competition, with four at home against the Rockies. If they lose the Colorado series, then go into Atlanta, who can’t see the basement by the time they come home again?
Winning teams focus one series at a time, and the Mets have played poorly in losing of their first three. Progress is made in little steps, and they need Mike Pelfrey to take one tonight.