The Big Pelf version of Mike Pelfrey appears to have returned, as he threw 8 shutout innings in the victory against the same Houston Astros that just won four straight against the Sillies down Philthydelphia earlier this week.  While it was a nice win, the Mets still sit far down in the standings.

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The Scoop: While the bats struggled to find any form of life, Mike Pelfrey had all the liveliness that was needed at Citi Field tonight. Big Pelf went 8 strong innings after working out of a bases loaded jam in 1st inning. The Mets managed only three hits the entire game, while scraping across two runs. Nelson Figueora stymied David Wright and company the entire game, but the pitching got it done.

The Good:

Big Pelf: He picked up his 13th win of the season, matching a career high, and lowered his season ERA to 3.60. He’s now had four straight starts of at least seven innings, which is a nice rebound from the month previously, where he couldn’t throw a strike.

Taka: Hisanori got the job done in his new role as the closer. Bobby Parnell got the opportunity, but only was able to record one out, and left the game with runners on the corners. Takahashi got the next two batters to pop out, and strike out to end the game. It was his 2nd save of the season.

The Bad:

Bobbo: Bobby Parnell got the opportunity to flash his brilliant fastball in a save situation, but didn’t get the job done. A little discouraging to see him struggle in his first real chance in the late innings with the game on the line.

The Ugly:

The Mets. They somehow managed to win a game while only manufacturing three hits. The bats continue to harness the Mets this year. While they’ve continued to receive excellent starting pitching, the bats don’t show up in big situations.

Interesting Facts:

3: The fewest hits the Mets have had in a victory this year. Just a few weeks ago, the Mets won against the Rockies with only 4 hits. Mike Pelfrey pitched in that game as well.

What’s Next?

Another game with the pesky Houston Astros at Citi Field. First pitch is 7:10 and the game can be seen on PIX11.

NYM Johan Santana (10-8) 2.94 ERA vs.  HOU Brett Myers (9-7) 3.08 ERA