Mike Pelfrey might finally be getting it. An uncashed checked so far in his career, Pelfrey is pitching with a sense of confidence and purpose early this season.
Hammered in spring training – Pelfrey said he wasn’t worried because he was working on things – the right-hander has been dominant in April and takes a string of 19 scoreless inning into tonight’s game against the Atlanta Braves.
Pelfrey (3-0, 0.86 ERA) is coming off a strong victory over the Chicago Cubs Tuesday in which he gave up three hits in seven scoreless innings.
“He has great rhythm,’’ said manager Jerry Manuel. “There’s a better presence. He’s staying on top of the mound. He’s ready before the hitter is ready. I think he’s that confident and that in control that he could say, `I’m ready to go and I already know what the sequence is.’ ’’
However, his career numbers haven’t been good against the Braves, going 2-5 with a 6.09 ERA nine starts.
Assuming the game isn’t rained out, he could have a pitcher’s duel with the Braves’ Tommy Hanson.
The Mets are going for the sweep and second straight series win.
“When you win a couple series, you start feeling good about yourself,’’ David Wright said. “You go out there expecting to win.’’
Pitching has been the key. The Mets have allowed two or fewer runs five times in the last six games, and has a 2.09 ERA over the last eight.