Mike Pelfrey and Jose Reyes Help New York Mets to Victory over Chicago Cubs

Flushing Baseball DailyContributor IApril 21, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 20:  Mike Pelfrey #34 of the New York Mets pitches against the Chicago Cubs on April 20, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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The Mets beat the Cubs 4-0 yesterday behind strong performances from starter Mike Pelfrey, who shut the Cubbies out over seven innings, and a rested Jose Reyes,who had a breakout four hit performance and also stole a base.

Notes

  • Mike Pelfrey was very effective with his new sinker. His line: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. His ERA is now 0.86 with a 1.00 WHIP for the season.
  • The Mets got two more shutout innings from Ryota Igarashi , Fernando Nieve , and Francisco Rodriguez . Their line: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.
  • Igarashi left the game early after he slipped fielding a bunt in the eighth inning.
  • The Mets scored two runs in the first off of a two-RBI triple by Jose Reyes . He was 4-5 with a stolen base.
  • They scored two more to go ahead 4-0 off a two-run pinch-hit home run by Fernando Tatis .
  • Luis Castillo went 2-4 with a walk.
  • Angel Pagan and Henry Blanco both went 1-3.
  • David Wright , Jason Bay , Jeff Francoeur , and Ike Davis combined to go 0-13. Bay and Davis walked once each.

Thoughts

  • In just three starts Mike Pelfrey has developed one of the best sinkers in the game. Will the league adjust to it? That is the question.
  • A day off seemed to really help Jose Reyes, who looked like he was himself again, picking up four hits and a stolen base. Jerry Manuel should be sure he gets Reyes rest as often as possible.
  • If Igarashi is gone for an extended period it could end up being a big blow to this bullpen.

Line of the Night

  • 2-out RBI J Reyes 2, F Tatis 2. The Mets didn’t get a lot of, or any, offense from their 3-4-5 hitters, but they won this game with some timely hitting. See, they catch breaks occasionally.

Up Next

  • The Mets have avoided losing another series, but they still have to win at least one more to win their first series of the season.
  • Wednesday, April 21: RHP Carlos Silva (1-0, 0.69 ERA) vs. LHP Oliver Perez (0-1, 3.75 ERA).
  • Thursday, April 22: LHP Tom Gorzelanny (0-1, 1.93 ERA) vs. LHP Johan Santana (1-1, 3.00 ERA).

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