Things just seem to get worse for Mike Pelfrey and the New York Mets these days. Earlier in the day on the sports radio station WFAN 660, Mets Manager Jerry Manuel promised Mike Francesa that Pelfrey would not give up a run in the 1st inning, which proved to be a broken promise. Pelfrey gave up a double to Brian McCann, allowing Chipper Jones to score.
By the end of the night, the two Braves went 6-8 with 5 RBIs. However, the 5th inning is where Pelfrey seemed to lose it tonight, thanks to an error by Jose Reyes, a walk by Chipper Jones, a double by Brian McCann and Matt Diaz getting hit by a pitch, causing a run to score, which spelled the end of Pelfrey's night. In a mere 4 2/3 innings of work, Pelfrey had thrown 89 pitches, 47 of them for strikes.
Pelfrey has not won a game since June 25th, has gone 0-4 in his last seven starts with an ERA of 10.02, and according to the NY Newsday as well as Jerry Manuel, Pelfrey could be skipped his next start.
Another key item that cost the Mets this game was their shoddy defense. The Mets committed a season high four errors; two by the shortstop Jose Reyes, one by the third baseman David Wright and another by the first baseman Ike Davis.
The team is now at an even .500 record of 54-54, 4-6 in their last 10 games and they're about to face the injury-riddled Phillies on the road in Philadelphia, which will end their six game road trip. The Mets then come home to Citi Field to play Colorado, where their record is much better than that on the road.
If only the Mets could play 162 games at Citi Field; one could only imagine.