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Mike Pelfrey took the mound against the Florida Marlins for Opening Day, hoping to get his season started the way last year's did. Sadly, that didn't happen.
Pelfrey started off the campaign by issuing a walk, then later gave up a double to Mike Stanton. Neither of these gave up runs, but Big Pelf didn't have his best stuff on Friday. His pitches became erratic as the game went on, highlighted by the fourth inning.
John Buck was able to capitalize off the struggling Pelfrey, taking a fastball into the right field stands for a grand slam.
Pelfrey finished the night with four and a third under his belt, being charged five earned runs and ERA at 10.38.
Hopefully, this was just a case of opening night jitters, as Pelfrey is coming off his best season to date. It goes without saying that Friday's performance was not "ace" material. Pelfrey will look to rebound against the Phillies and attempt to show New York fans he deserves to carry the ace title until Johan Santana's return.