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Close But No Cigar: Nationals 4, Mets 3

Not a terrible game for Mike Pelfrey. Nine baserunners in seven innings, three runs and just one walk. His groundball rate -- 13-to-6 -- was very strong. As others have pointed out, his season hasn't been as altogether awful as his superficial numbers -- wins, losses, ERA -- might have you believe. He has hardly been superb, but randomness -- and its bullying offspring, bad luck -- has done Pelfrey in with exceeding regularity. This isn't to say that he can't improve himself on his own, but a swing of luck in his favor this season and we'd have far fewer people carping about how disappointing he has been.

In other news, if Carlos Beltran is still injured it doesn't seem to have manifested itself in his on-field performance since his return. I'm not sure if I'm ready to hand him another long-term contract just yet, but his outlook for 2010 has to be considered sunny.

Haiku by Howard Megdal

When bases loaded
kills rallies, grounders booted,
throws sail- time to stop