The Braves are in town tonight to start a three-game series. I might be in the minority on this but I still believe the Braves to be relevant. Afterall, they do have a winning record against the Mets this season. Of course, that was when the season was young, but it would be a mistake to discount them or take them lightly.
Hell, the Mets were fortunate to hang on against the Nationals, and they are far worse than Atlanta.
David Wright said the other day that the Mets have been finding ways to win, “which is the mark of a championship team.” True enough. But, another mark is putting away teams with losing records. These are teams they must get to early and take away their will to win. If you let a team like that hang around and let it think it could win, that’s dangerous.
The Mets will take another performance from Mike Pelfrey like the one he gave them Friday against Philly. Three runs on four hits in seven innings. That’s five straight starts in which he gave up three or fewer earned runs.
Pelfrey is 1-1 with a 0.69 ERA in two starts against the Nationals, giving up just one run and eight hits.
I keep thinking back to last winter when Pelfrey’s name was mentioned in the package for Johan Santana. So glad they resisted. This guy will just get better and better.
Mets manager Jerry Manuel said Oliver Perez has pitched so well lately that he’ll let this one slide. He can afford to because Carlos Delgado is playing up to the MVP chants.
It wasn’t a good night for Perez, but Delgado hit two more homers and has 24 in his last 66 games to lead the majors.
For awhile tonight it appeared as if Perez would kick this one away, but Delgado’s two homers and one by Carlos Beltran carried the Mets to a 10-8 victory over the Nationals to increase their lead over Philly to 2 1/2 games.
Kudos also to the bullpen. It has been hot in September, but tell the truth, aren’t you holding your breath?
For those who were with me tonight, many thanks. The Room is open all night.-JD