Pelfrey Slammed, Mets Lose 6-2 To Marlins

An article by posted on April 1, 2011

Mike Pelfrey pitched an inconsistent game, minus one GRAND mistake, and the Mets lost on opening day, 6-2 to the Florida Marlins

Game Recap

Mike Pelfrey put up his usual sub-par performance versus the Marlins, going four and one-third innings, walking four and striking out two while allowing four hits and five runs on 97 pitches. Pelfrey’s outing may have not been so ugly if it werent for the 4th inning grand slam he allowed to Marlins catcher John Buck. Pelfrey had no control today, and he couldn’t put hitters away getting into multiple deep counts. The lack of offensive support was an issue, but when you allow four runs on one hit, it isn’t a great way to help the offense.

The bullpen received a good amount of work today. Blaine Boyer went out and allowed one hit in two-thirds of an inning. Boyer is as-advertised, a ground-ball machine. Pedro Beato impressed me today, going two innings, allowing three hits. Beato had a composure to him, getting outs when he needed them. The only downside to Pedro Beato – his fastball is hittable when he rears back to get some extra juice on it. That seems to be when he gets hit. Taylor Bucholz came out, and on his first pitch served up a line-drive home run to Logan Morrison. Bucholz allowed one run in one inning on two hits. His breaking ball wasn’t snapping today, but it will come around

The offense today didn’t exist until the 7th inning – literally. Josh Johnson was dealing, and he didn’t begin to unwind until the 7th inning. The Mets managed four hits, two of which were by Willie “I Kill The Mets” Harris, who is now “I Revive The Mets” Harris. The Mets two runs were scored on an RBI double by Carlos Beltran, which Beltran could’ve turned into a triple, but it seems he isn’t chancing those legs. The other run was scored on an Ike Davis groundout. Angel Pagan was stealing on the play, and if he wasn’t there was a chance it went for a single because it was up the middle

David Wright, 0-4 with 2 K’s. Please, not this.

Honestly, everyone minus Harris, Beltran, Pagan and Ike = Not good. Johnson was dealing, and even after he left the Mets couldn’t piece together a rally.

Not a great way to open the season, but Pelfrey has always been abused by the Marlins, and today was no different. Today doesn’t reflect the whole season. Josh Johnson pitched like a Cy Young candidte

Turning Point

The 3-2 pitch to John Buck that he decided to deposit into RF against Mike Pelfrey in the fourth inning.

Game Ball

I was a skeptic, but Brad Emaus gets the game ball. He isn’t as horrible as advertised defensively, making the routine plays and even making some of the more difficult ones. He is patient at the plate and doesn’t get himself out.

On Deck

The Mets will be looking to tie this series up, sending lefty Jonathon Niese to the mound up against Marlins righty Ricky Nolasco. Game time is 7:10 P.M.

 

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