It was ugly early as the Phillies scored the first seven runs of the ball game, but the Mets fought back to tie the game, only to see their bullpen unable to keep Philadelphia off of the scoreboard. The Mets drop to 3-2 on the young season.

New York Mets starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey throws against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 6, 2011, in Philadelphia.

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Recap:

Mike Pelfrey just isn’t good. He’s not the ace of the team, and never will be. That being said, he couldn’t get out of the 3rd inning, going only 2 innings and failing to get an out in the 3rd. Pelfrey allowed 7 runs on 8 hits, while watching his ERA rise to over 15. He’s probably my least favorite player for going on two years now.

After Pelfrey was done stinking up the place, the Mets actually fought back to clean up his mess. An Angel Pagan two-run home run in the top of the 4th cut the lead to 7-2, and a plethora of hits in the 5th allowed the Mets to tie the game up. Not to be outdone by Pelfrey on the inefficiency meter, Blaine Boyer immediately gave up the lead after Taylor Buchholz pitched two scoreless innings. The Mets couldn’t fight back twice.

I know its only been five game, but the Mets offense just looks different this year. They are 2nd in the National League so far in runs scored, and even though they fell behind 7-0, they chipped away to get back into the ball game. Everyone contributed, as each Met recorded a hit, except for Josh Thole.

Key Stats:

Pelfrey’s WHIP is 2.68 so far. Essentially he’s allowing at least one runner to be in scoring position, each inning.

Outside of Boyer, the bullpen pitched four innings of three hit baseball, striking out seven.

What’s Next?

The Mets look to take the rubber match of the three game series. It’s going to be tough though, Doc Halladay is on the mound.

NYM Jon Niese (0-0) 2.57 ERA vs. PHL Roy Halladay (0-0) 1.50 ERA