Mets 3, Nationals 2
Mike Pelfrey's pitching line:
IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST GS 5.2 6 2 2 4 2 0 97-57 47Last night's win was a nice one for a few reasons. Obviously, beating up on the dregs of the National League is a must for any team with playoff aspirations. Moreso, the Mets came from behind (again) and won a game in which they were clearly outpitched. Mike Pelfrey wasn't terrible, but he wasn't particularly good, either. He allowed ten baserunners in 5.2 innings, including four walks, and relied heavily on his defense, which turned three double-plays while he was on the hill. The most encouraging thing about Pelfrey's start was his ability to keep the ball on the ground, inducing ten groundouts to just five flyouts. As he continues to improve his ancillary pitches while throwing his fastball more consistently for strikes, the strikeouts will come, the walks will drop, and the penchant for groundballs could transform him from a good starter into a great one.
- Hitting: Julio Franco, 21.1% WPA
- Pitching: Billy Wagner, 16.9% WPA
- Hitting: Moises Alou, -16.3% WPA
- Pitching: none