Saturday, July 08, 2006

Happy Recap: Mets 17 Marlins 3

A nice easy major debut for Mike Pelfrey. He didn't pitch that great, throwing a lot of pitches, having a ton of guys on but for the most part avoiding trouble. He threw 104 pitches, allowed 5 hits and 4 walks in only 5 innings. He gave up 3 runs, one of which was unearned. But most importantly, he got the win, the first of his career, and maybe he'll stick around for his second major league start. All in all, his performance reminded me of what we got out of Brian Bannister early in the season.

But Pelfrey and Bannister are a combined 3-0, while Lima and Maine are a combined 0-7.

Just a great game offensively. Jose Valentin got it off to a great start with a grand slam, then in the second inning with the bases loaded he only got a triple. 7 RBI in the first two innings.

Cliff Floyd also contributed 5 RBI. Floyd and Valentin are going to be very important for this team as I expect they will bat 6th and 7th for most of the rest of the season. But if the team doesn't get healthy (Delgado and Lo Duca) they'll need to contribute much more.

It really is a pleasure to watch a game where there really isn't much doubt that the Mets are going to win it.

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