In an effort to avoid losing another series, Mike Pelfrey continued his strong start to the season by pitching seven strong innings without giving up a run. With the help of Jose Reyes‘ bat, the Mets defeated the Cubs 4-0 on Tuesday night. Also, Fernando Tatis contributed a 2-run homerun to give K-Rod some breathing room in the 9th inning.

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Initial Reaction:

This was a huge victory for the Mets, as they are inching closer to their first series win of the season. Pelfrey pitched consecutive starts without giving up a run, and now has a 3-0 record.

Mets fans can now breathe a little when thinking about the Mets rotation, as Santana, Niese, and Pelfrey have looked solid thus far.

In regards to their offense? They will come around. The big hitters like Wright and Bay have been streaky in the past, but when they hit their stride, their lineup could compete with the best in the league.

Positives From The Game:

Jose Reyes: After being hitless in his last 18 at bats, the Mets shortstop had a four hit campaign tonight, while looking much more comfortable on the base paths. His “scrappy” legs ran out a 2-RBI triple in the second inning, and afterwards we got to see a BIG smile on his face. Let’s hope he’s hit his groove!

Pitching: They always say pitching wins ball games and that was the key tonight. Mike Pelfrey commanded his pitches very well, despite walking three batters, and stayed away from the “big inning”. The bullpen closed out the game for him to secure a team shutout.

Negatives From The Game:

3-4-5-6: The heart of the order combined to go 0 for 13 with 7 strikeouts. Good thing Reyes and Tatis showed up to play.

Interesting Facts:

  • Even though Ike Davis wore the #42 yesterday, his real jersey number is 29.
  • Mike Pelfrey hasn’t allowed a run over his past 19 innings pitched.
  • Despite closing out tonights game, K-Rod has yet to pick up a save.

What’s Next?: The Mets look to win their first series of the season against the Cubbies tomorrow night.

NYM Oliver Perez (0-1) 3.75 ERA v.s. CHI Carlos Silva (1-0) 0.69 ERA