The New York Mets defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Friday night. Mike Pelfrey secured his 10th win of the season. After a Braves win, the Mets are still a half game behind first place in the NL East.

AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill

Initial Reaction:

Mike Pelfrey took the mound against Kevin Slowey in the opener of a three-game set. Pelfrey wasn’t dominant, but effective against the Twins. He got into and out of trouble a few times, and gave the Mets the opportunity to win the game. Giving up a leadoff homerun to Denard Span did not shake him up, as he settled down as the game progressed. Congratulations on win #10, Pelf!

David Wright and Jose Reyes are reminding Mets fans why they are the core players on the team. They combined for four hits, three RBIs, and three runs. Both are proving they should make the NL All-Star Team, but the votes seem to be going against them.

Positives From The Game:

Big Pelf: After two consecutive bad outings, Pelfrey was able to get back to form against the Twins. He went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits. The key for Pelf is his control, and even though he threw a lot of pitches early, he did not let up a walk. He earned his 10th victory of the season!

The Wright Track: David Wright has had a terrific month of June. It continued tonight, as David went 2 for 3, with a 2b and a HR, his 13th of the season. He continues to flash the leather, and even pulled off another great barehand play.

Ruben Tejada: Tejada has been a nice surprise thus far this season. Scouts knew of his solid defense, as displayed tonight, but he has produced at the plate as well. In fact, he has a 9-game hitting streak, scoring nine runs in that span. Tonight, he got around Joe Mauer at the plate to put the Mets up 4-2. Luis Castillo, take your time.

Negatives From The Game:

CitiField’s Dimensions: The deep dimensions in left centerfield robbed Ruben Tejada of a homerun and Jason Bay of two homeruns. All three hits would’ve gone out at almost any other ballpark. No wonder Bay only has four homeruns. But I digress…

Interesting Facts:

  • Mike Pelfrey has yet to lose a game at home this season (6-0).
  • David Wright is batting .386 in the month of June.
  • Jose Reyes has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games.
  • Edwin Jackson threw the fourth no hitter of the 2010 season tonight. He walked seven batters through the first three innings. He used 150 pitches.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets look to take another game against the Minnesota Twins in the middle game of the series tomorrow afternoon. Game Time 1:10 PM on WPIX.

NYM Johan Santana (5-4) 3.31 ERA vs. MIN Carl Pavano (8-6) 3.64 ERA

Do you think Mike Pelfrey will be a 20-game winner when its all said and done?