Will Pelfrey take the mound with something to prove?
As David Lennon reported, Mike Pelfrey seemed to have mixed emotions about not being selected for the All-Star game.
"I'm not angry at all," Pelfrey said. "It -- that I didn't make it. Leading up to it, I thought it was kind of going to be a tough decision anyway. It was going to be pretty hard because a lot of guys were having good years. But it gives me a chance to go home to Wichita and see my house, which I miss a lot.''
Wichita, Anaheim, same difference. At 10-2 with a 2.93 ERA and two starts remaining before the break, both against first place teams, Pelfrey will have an opportunity to show the selection committee what they will be missing in Anaheim for the All-Star game. Added incentive never hurts.
Is Jose still day-to-day?
When the Mets announced in May of last season that Jose Reyes was listed as day-to-day, he missed the remainder of the season. So it’s understandable if Met fans are somewhat uneasy about Reyes missing the last five games with a strained muscle in his right side. However, Jerry Manuel said he expects Reyes back in the lineup on Tuesday and Reyes said he expects to also be available for the All-Star game next week.
Is BB-Rod gone for good?
After Francisco Rodriguez’s dismal performance against the Nationals on Saturday, Newsday’s Ken Davidoff cleverly transformed K-Rod’s nickname to BB-Rod.
“That was the worst performance I ever had in my entire life,” Rodriguez said. “I should be ashamed, it’s so embarrassing. I want to apologize for the fans that were watching that.”
Rodriguez coughed up a two-run Mets lead in the bottom of the ninth, allowing three hits and three walks in 1/3 of an inning as the Nationals went on to win 6-5. It was Rodriguez’s fourth blown save in 23 chances. On Sunday, Jerry Manuel didn’t hesitate to bring Rodriguez back in, with two runners on and the Mets clinging to a four-run lead, and the closer responded with a scoreless ninth, albeit with some help from his defense, for his 20th save of the season.
Perhaps the manager’s confidence in Rodriguez during his erratic stretch will be enough to get him back on track and transform BB-Rod back into K-Rod.
First place Mets?
With a strong final week, the Mets can overtake the Braves for first place in the NL East heading into the All-Star break. It won’t come easy with three games each against the Reds and Braves but the Mets control their own first-half destiny. The guess here is the Mets win two of three in both series and take a share of first as they enter the second half of the season. Something any Met fan would have gladly signed up for in April.