The New York Mets looked fatigued from their previous two victories in Detroit. Justin Verlander wasn’t even at his best and pitched seven strong innings. A couple of solo homers off the bats of Daniel Murphy and Carlos Beltran were all the runs the Mets offense scored.
Mike Pelfrey did not have command on the mound this afternoon. He couldn’t get through five innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits and five walks for his seventh loss of the season. When Johan Santana went down with a shoulder injury, it was believed that Pelfrey would become the Mets ace for 2011. It has been the complete opposite for the 27-year old. This is Pelf’s fourth full season in the majors and he still has yet to live up to his expectations has the 9th overall draft pick in 2005. The Mets broadcasters discussed it during the game that he had a .500 record (47-47) coming into the start and with this loss he is now under that. His career stats thus far prove that he is at best a number three starter (heck, on the Phillies he’d probably be No. 5). All in all, I have been very disappointed in Pelfrey’s 2011 performance.
Daniel Murphy is a completely different story. He has been so impressive this season in his approach at the plate. I never expected him to be hitting .302 in over 250 at-bats for the Mets. He’s also got 5 home runs and 33 RBIs to add to that. My question for Mets fans is if there are teams with interest in Murphy at the trade deadline, would you pull the trigger? I actually believe that, if the Mets are still contenders, he has the most trade value to a team. The guy is only 26 and he could play almost every position in the infield and left field if need be. He’s a poor man’s Mark DeRosa. That type of player is very valuable to a team in the playoff hunt.
So if I were to tell you last week that the Mets would win both series against the Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers on the road, you would’ve called me crazy, right? Well, they did, and are now heading home to face the Yankees with a winning record (41-40). Get excited Mets fans because it is going to be a fun series to watch.
- Lucas Duda legged out his first career triple in the 7th inning. When he tried to score on a sac fly, he got tossed out at the plate.
- Jose Reyes has a five game multi-hit streak. Over that span, he is batting .583 (14 for 24).
What’s Next?: The New York Mets head home to host their crosstown rival Yankees for a three-game series beginning Friday night. Game Time 7:10 PM on WPIX.
NYM Jonathon Niese (7-6) 3.67 ERA vs. NYY Ivan Nova (7-4) 4.26 ERA
Tell me Mets fans. Would you trade Daniel Murphy to an American League contender for a prospect?