Mike Pelfrey was exactly what the Mets needed tonight. He went 7 2/3 innings, his longest outing of the year, and held the Braves to only two runs. He gave New York a great chance to win tonight and that’s what you look for from your top guys. K-Rod pitched the 9th, picking up his 6th save of the season.

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Initial Reaction:

In a battle of sinker ball pitchers, Mike Pelfrey was better than Derek Lowe tonight. Big Pelf was on his game tonight, as he scattered seven hits and two walks through 7  2/3 innings. The Mets had only five hits, but were able to push three runs across the board. You can check out odds for this series and others at MLB Baseball Odds. A big win for the Mets as they moved out of last place and now stand at 19-20 on the season.

The Positives:

Big Pelf: As I previously stated, Pelf gave the Mets a chance to win tonight, allowing only two runs to score in 7 2/3 innings. He has limited his walks and thus limited his pitch count this season. Pelfrey lowered his ERA tonight to 3.02 as he picked up his 5th win of the season.

Perpetual Pedro: Pedro Feliciano got a huge out in the bottom of the 8th tonight, as he struck out Brian McCann with the bases loaded to end the inning. He’s now been used in 24 games already.

Rod Barajas: He was 2-3 tonight, with a double. Barajas also had two RBIs and raised his batting average to .275 on the season.

The Negatives:

Offense still struggling: Collectively they still were only able to manage three runs on five hits. The offense needs to get going, especially when Santana and Pelfrey aren’t able to keep the opposition’s run total low.

Interesting Facts:

11 Games: Jason Bay‘s current hit streak.

14: number of consecutive games David Wright has struck out.

What’s Next?:

The Mets look to climb back to .500 as they will send Johan Santana to the bump tomorrow night in Atlanta as they look to sweep the short, two game series against Atlanta.

First Pitch- 7:10pm SNY

Probables:

NYM Johan Santana (3-2) 3.88 ERA vs. ATL Kris Medlen (1-1) 2.35 ERA