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This game was a lot closer than I needed it to be. I was really hoping for a laugher here so I could go to sleep on the early side. Obviously, that didn't happen, as MLB's schedule-makers continue to mock me at every turn.

Mike Pelfrey pitched better than his final line would have you believe. His groundball ratio was very impressive -- 13 to just three flyballs -- but he wound up allowing six earned runs thanks to Pedro Feliciano's magnificent bed-crapping extravaganza. Pelfrey had very good control for most of the game, and somewhat amazingly failed to record even a single strikeout. Again, the results were kind of ugly but the process looked good and for Pelfrey that's probably the most important thing right now.

One outing doesn't necessarily make me a believer, but Aaron Heilman was nasty tonight. He basically saved the game for the Mets by striking out Vlad and Torii Hunter with the tying runs on base in the seventh.

Big winners: Aaron Heilman, +19.5% WPA,Carlos Beltran, +18.1% WPA
Big losers: Pedro Feliciano, -16.9% WPA, Trot Nixon, -9.1% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Heilman strikes out Vlad, +10.9% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Feliciano allows RBI single to Anderson, -12.4% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +12.1%
Total batter WPA: +37.9%

Good win for the Mets, and now it's time for sleep. I'll have a post up early this afternoon about the origin of each player on the Mets' 40-man roster.