Today wasn't Mike Pelfrey's day at all, as he struggled with his control through five-plus innings, allowing five runs on eleven hits and five walks while striking out just two (one of which was the opposing pitcher). He coaxed swinging strikes on just four of his 118 pitches (3.4%), which is as sure an indicator as any that he didn't have anything even resembling his dominant repertoire.
The Mets actually led 2-0 after RBI hits by Fernando Tatis and Anderson Hernandez in the second, but the Marlins knocked in two runs in the third on a Cody Ross triple and plated two more in the fifth on a Ronny Paulino homerun. That was all the Marlins would need, as John Johnson held the Mets mostly in check through six innings, allowing nine hits and no walks and worked in seven strikeouts for good measure. He got swinging strikes on ten of his 92 pitches (10.9%), far better than Pelfrey.
The losing streak is at five, and the Mets are in a good position to stretch that to six when Tim Redding faces off against Anibal Sanchez on Thursday at 1:10pm.
As de facto ace
Pelfrey does little stopping
As Mets drop fifth straight
Win Probability Added
Big winners: Fernando Tatis, +11.6% WPA, Daniel Murphy, +4.4% WPA
Big losers: Mike Pelfrey, -31.2% WPA, Jeff Francoeur, -10.6% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Tatis RBI double in second, +12.0% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Paulino two-run homerun in fifth, -25.2% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -25.5% WPA
Total batter WPA: -24.5% WPA
GWRBI!: Ronny Paulino
Nice job by lstorie1971; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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