The Big Pelf made an appearance at Citi tonight giving a performance that Mets fans haven’t seen from him since June. He was on his game, throwing 7 scoreless innings, as he guided the Mets to a 1-0 victory tonight. It moved the Mets back to the .500 mark, at 56-56. They remain 8.5 games behind the Braves and 7.5 behind the Giants for the Wild Card.

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Initial Reaction:

The Mets offense was stymied by Ubaldo Jimenez tonight, but they managed to scrape a run across in the bottom of the 7th, and that’s all the Mets pitching needed tonight. Pelfrey was awesome tonight, as he looked as though he was ready to return the form that had him out to a 9-1 start this season. A Jose Reyes sacrifice fly accounted for the only run, and Pelfrey, Takahashi, and K-Rod combined for the shutout. It’s a big step for the Mets towards getting on a run, being able to defeat the one of the best pitchers in the game. Tomorrow is key, as the Mets look to win back to back games for the first time in almost 2 months.

The Positives:

The Big Pelf: He was great tonight. He didn’t look rattled on the bump, and he worked quickly. He threw a season high 122 pitches, as he allowed only 4 hits and 1 walk through his 7 innings. He also struck out 4. It was fantastic to see Pelfrey bounce back from his last several starts and put together a great game. Pelfrey getting on track is key to this Mets team.

Taka and K-Rod: Hisanori Takahashi and Frankie Rodriguez combined to pitch the final two innings without allowing a baserunner. Takahashi looks good in the pen, and I wouldn’t mind him staying in the 8th inning role. Give Pat Mitsch a shot at the 5th starter spot.

The Negatives:

None. For the first time in about a month, there were no negatives in a shutout win over a team ahead of them in the Wild Card standings. Good win.

What’s Next?

The Mets look to win back to back games for the first time in a loooonnngggg time. They have a chance to gain ground on a team ahead of them in the Wild Card standings, and that’s big. Big game tomorrow night. First pitch, 7:05.

NYM (7-5) 3.63 ERA vs. COL Jeff Francis (4-4) 4.67 ERA