PELFREY: Needs to keep his cool vs. Red Sox.
The Mets will attempt to stay on track tonight at Boston with Mike Pelfrey. When we last left Pelfrey, he was balking three times at San Francisco, which put the runners in position to score.
The balks were the ball game.
Since then, Pelfrey has been to a sports psychologist, but we’ll see if he’s corrected the yips. Of course, the best way to avoid balks is to not let anybody get on base. He’s not going to pitch a perfect game, but perhaps he’ll cut out the walks which have beaten him this year.
Pelfrey’s record is better than how he’s pitched. He’s had the benefit of support other in the rotation have missed out on.
You have to like how this road trip began. With the springboard of losing two of three to Atlanta, the Mets have responded with two thrilling victories at San Francisco, including last night’s rally from a four-run deficit.
Today we have Johan Santana against Randy Johnson, easily the day’s marquee pitching match-up.
We begin with the news Carlos Delgado was placed on the DL with an impingement of his right hip. Replacing him on the roster is Angel Pagan.
Mets GM Omar Minaya told reporters on a conference call today a MRI revealed J.J. Putz has inflammation in the back of his elbow. Putz will meet the team in San Francisco but is expected to miss the first couple of games in the Giants series.
Minaya also said the team will wait until this weekend to whether Carlos Delgado goes on the disabled list. Delgado is receiving treatment and medication for a bone spur in his right hip.
After a successful home stand that ended on a down note, the Mets are in San Francisco tonight for the start of a four-game series, then three in Los Angeles and three in Fenway.
If they play the way they did at the start of their homes stand, they’ll be in good shape. If they play as they did against the Braves then the miles will wear on them.
What’s your confidence level for this trip?
Paul Kinzer, the agent for free-agent shortstop Rafael Furcal, shot down a story in a Spanish newspaper that his client had an offer from the Mets. Furcal is currently talking with Oakland and San Francisco.