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Mets bowl, talk of more pitching at Santana's event

Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana winds up in

Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana winds up in the sixth inning against the Yankees, Sunday. (June 20, 2010) Credit: AP

Mike Pelfrey said last night he wasn't aware that the Mets (39-30) lead the National League wild-card race.

"I didn't even know that," Pelfrey said.

But as he prepared to take part in teammate Johan Santana's All-Star Bowling Classic at Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounge in Manhattan, Pelfrey did address something Mets fans have been pondering.

With the July 31 non-waivers trade deadline less than six weeks away, it has been reported that the Mets have interest in acquiring either Astros righthander Roy Oswalt or Mariners lefthander Cliff Lee to shore up their rotation.

The pitching staff is anchored by three of the bowlers who attended last night's charity function - Pelfrey, Santana and closer Francisco Rodriguez. And amid a scene very different from Citi Field - Mets-orange bowling balls, rows of autographed memorabilia items and tinted lanes rather than dirt basepaths - all three pitchers gave their take on the state of the Mets' arms.

The Mets may be in a surprisingly solid position right now with their current patchwork rotation, but the addition of either Oswalt or Lee would enable them to go "over the top," as Pelfrey said.

All three Mets pitchers said they would welcome the addition of either Oswalt or Lee, even with the unexpected contributions of R.A. Dickey and Hisanori Takahashi.

"There is nothing wrong with that," Santana said. "What we are looking for is a championship. And when you get that caliber of a pitcher, that's what they do. And to go along with what you have, it's making you better."

Sitting on a couch surrounded by his family, Rodriguez agreed with the sentiments of Pelfrey and Santana.

"Of course," Rodriguez said. "You add a big name like this, it changes the whole club . . . changes the entire atmosphere."

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