Z-Cap: Welcome Back Mike Pelfrey

Metszilla.comCorrespondent IAugust 10, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 24:  Mike Pelfrey #34 of the New York Mets pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning at Dodger Stadium on July 24, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Mike Pelfrey returned to early season form combining with Hisanori Takahashi and Fransisco Rodriguez to shut out the Rockies and lead NY to a 1-0 victory. The Mets picked up their MLB leading 16th shut out while moving back to .500 with the victory.  Pelfrey who has failed to reach the 6th inning in any of his last 7 starts, threw a career high 122 pitches while scattering 4 hits over 7 innings of work.  He out dueled Cy Young candidate Uldado Jimenez (7 IP, 1 ER) en route to earning his 11th win of the season and first since June 25th. Bobby Ojeda spoke about Big Pelf’s start during the SNY post game:

He was like real estate locating. He was throwing that fastball over the plate all night but not over the middle of the plate, he was moving it around, sprinkle in enough off speed pitches to keep everybody honest, but did an outstanding job.  The best job he has done obviously on paper but he stayed out of the middle that’s what made him effective.  Had good motion. All that work Dan Werthan had been putting in over the past few weeks paid off tonight. Mike capitalized finally, kept his arm speed up, had some good break on his breaking balls but had life on everything.”

Pelfrey on his performance:

From the get go I thought I was aggressive. mechanically I felt good and Istarted to use all my pitches as the game went on and I thought the fastball was pretty good today.”

Jimenez who was brilliant in his own right, had his lone rough patch in the bottom of the 7th inning which proved costly.  After...TO READ THE REST OF THIS POST AND OTHERS LIKE IT HEAD TO METSZILLA.COM BY CLICKING HERE: