Mike Pelfrey allowed two home runs in his 4.1 innings of work today, one each to David Freese and Yadier Molina. He didn't strike out or walk anyone, and finished with four runs allowed on six hits. Pelf's K/BB ratio is perennially below two; his groundball rate has declined each of the last two seasons; his swinging strike rate hit a career low in 2011; his career HR/FB% at home is 5.3% vs 10.7% on the road and the Citi Field fences are moving in this season; his -- alright, that's enough, and I'll once again post Pelfrey's postgame quote after his start last week:
I think it's too early to worry about the results.
Lefthanded bullpen option Garrett Olson relieved Pelfrey and completed the fifth inning, walking one and watching a successful double steal that resulted in a run for the Cardinals. He was followed by righties Frank Francisco, Ramon Ramirez, Manny Acosta and Bobby Parnell. Francisco gave up a run on two hits. He is apparently still getting loose this spring, as he has given up one run in each of his three appearances. On the plus side, he didn't allow a stolen base! Ramirez surrendered a two-run double to Bryan Anderson in his inning, while Acosta and Parnell tossed scoreless frames. Matt den Dekker and Juan Lagares each made a nifty catch in support of Acosta in the eighth inning.
Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4, which was the highlight for the Mets' offense today. Jason Bay hit a double down the third base line in the fourth inning but also grounded into a double play in the first. Carlos Beltran went 1-for-4 with a single for the Cardinals and was looking larger than usual.
The Mets travel to Lakeland tomorrow to face the Tigers at 1:05pm. The game will be televised on ESPN for some reason.
Nice job by MetsFan4Decades; her effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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