It's funny: Jerry Manuel indicated last night that David Wright would probably have the day off today. I thought it was silly, arguing instead that Wright should be rested on Thursday against an inferior (to the Brewers, anyway) Pirates team. Much to my surprise -- and delight -- I see Manuel's lineup today and Wright is in there in the three-hole. Of course, Wright goes and has a terrible day, going 0-for-4 and striking out three more times. And then the Mets go ahead and win the game anyway.
Wright wasn't alone in his offensive futility this afternoon, as Yovani Gallardo made their whole lineup look foolish for most of the day. He struck out twelve Mets in seven innings and allowed just five hits along the way. Two of those hits combined to plate the only run of the game in the sixth inning. Luis Castillo lead off with a ground-rule double and Ryan Church -- following a Wright strikeout -- knocked Castillo in with a single to center. Not particularly sexy, but the Mets'll take their runs where they can get 'em.
Mike Pelfrey was the star of the show, though, as he shut down the Brewers over 7.2 innings, allowing just six hits and two walks while striking out six. He recorded eleven groundball outs to just five in the air, a very good indicator that his sinker was working well. He must have liked his slider today, as he threw it more often (20.5%) than usual (13.0% this season). It's no surprise that a good breaking ball led to good overall results, particularly in the strikeout department, as the six whiffs tied his season high. Further, his swinging strike rate (8.4%) was well above his season mark of 5.1%. It's amazing what having a solid second offering can do for your performance.
The Mets play a makeup game tomorrow afternoon (12:35pm EDT) in Pittsburgh before heading to Philadelphia for an important three-game series with the NL East-leading Phillies.
Big winners: Mike Pelfrey, +50.8% WPA, Francisco Rodriguez, +20.9% WPA
Big losers: David Wright, -12.2% WPA, Daniel Murphy, -10.3% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Field caught stealing in seventh, +17.9% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Braun single in ninth, -13.5% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +84.1% WPA
Total batter WPA: -34.1% WPA
GWRBI!: Ryan Church
Nice job by AnthonyR; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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