Pelfrey tagged for 8 runs; Mets drop 9th straight

The New York Mets dropped their ninth game in a row on Sunday afternoon with a 9-5 loss to the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium.

On the hill for the Mets today was starter Mike Pelfrey, who had a forgettable afternoon versus the Astros. Pelf, who was making his third start of the spring, was tagged for eight runs — seven earned — on eight hits and four walks over 2 2/3 innings raising his Grapefruit League ERA to 14.90.

Carlos Lee got the Astros on the board with a two-run double off Big Pelf in the bottom half of the first inning and then capped off a five run second inning with a three-run bomb.  The right hander allowed another run in the third before being lifted following a walk to Houstons shortstop, Jed Lowrie. Pelfrey, who owns a 3-14 record with a 6.90 earned run average in his Grapefruit League career, stated the following to reporters after the game:

Photo taken by Vinny Cartiglia

Of course I would love to get everybody out. Every spring training I’ve had, I don’t know if I’ve ever had a good one. So it doesn’t necessarily concern me that much. … At the end of the day, I threw 80 pitches. I feel good. Velocity-wise and coming out of my hand, I thought today was the best day. I don’t know how many more starts I have — two, or three maybe. I know I definitely need to be better than that.  Results are always welcome. I remember in ’10 getting my brains beat in for five or six starts. And then the last start was at Tampa, and I went six innings, one run. And I started off 9-0 or whatever. I’m not too worried about it now. I feel good. The results will come.”

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, manager Terry Collins had this to say about his starter:

One of the things we asked Mike to do today was to start to ramp the velocity up a little bit, which he did. … I just thought today Mike reared back and let some fastballs go. That’s a good sign for him. He’s been really working on trying to get a feel for the sinker. And we just said, ‘Let’s start throwing it hard and see if we can get some movement on it.’ He was around the plate. He just couldn’t make a pitch with it.”

I’m not going to make to much of spring training results, but eight runs. Really?  Unlike most, I do have confidence in Mike.  But, maybe that is because I’m expecting nothing more than 190 innings with 12 wins and mid to high four earned run average.

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