[SB Nation Coverage]
The more things change, the more they yada yada yada. I'm not going to rag on the bullpen tonight. They weren't good, but it's the second game of the season and the Mets won anyway, so it's hard to get too worked up just yet. If they start pulling this crap on a regular basis then we'll all be within our rights to piss and moan about it, but I'm going to abstain from bashing them right now while reserving the right to do so at my discretion sometime in the near future as the situation demands.
Mike Pelfrey gets some good marks and some bad ones for this game. Bad-wise, he gave up four runs in the first inning after Carlos Delgado handed him a lead. Good-wise, he picked things up after the first and managed to hang in there for five innings, keeping the Reds off the board for the final four. This game the bullpen a chance to work their magic.
Offensively, the Mets were on their game, banging out ten hits and seven walks en route to nine runs. Every Met regular drew a walk except for Carlos Delgado, who decided to knock in four runs on two hits instead. Carlos Volron drove in two runs and Brian Schneider knocked in three on a bases-loaded hit that was generously scored a double.
Marlon Anderson struck out in one of his (hopefully) final at-bats with the Mets. Livan Hernandez is set to be recalled on Saturday, so Anderson is the likeliest candidate to be expunged from the roster to make room for Fatty Fat Fat Fat.
[Win Probability Added]
Big winners: Carlos Delgado, +25.7% WPA, Carlos Beltran, +14.0% WPA
Big losers: Mike Pelfrey, -15.5% WPA, Marlon Anderson, -3.2% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Delgado two-run homer in first, +18.0% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Votto three-run homer in first, -19.4% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +1.1%
Total batter WPA: +48.9%
GWRBI!: Brian Schneider
[Game Thread Roll Call]
Nice job by LOUtheMETSfan; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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