Sunday, September 25, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Phillies 9, Mets 4
By Matt Ehalt
WHAT IT MEANS: Mike Pelfrey's bad year ends with a stinker as he got roughed up in the Phillies' 9-4 win Sunday. On the opposite end, Roy Halladay dominated the Mets' junior varsity lineup as he was expected to. The Mets three-game win streak was snapped as the Phillies ended their eight-game losing streak. The Mets finish 7-11 vs. Philadelphia.
FITTING END: While Pelfrey has given the Mets distance this season, he hasn't given them particularly effective innings. He finished his season 7-13 with a 4.74 ERA, his lowest wins total since becoming a full-time starter.
Pelfry looked horrible against the Phillies, who sent out their regular lineup on Sunday afternoon. He gave up nine hits and walked one over three innings before getting yanked. He struggled to get outs and placed his team in a 5-0 hole that eventually expanded to 9-0 before the Mets scored a few runs.
Manager Terry Colilns hopes Pelfrey can rebound next season but he's going to have to make vast improvements if he wants to be a consistent, reliable member of the pitching staff. It's been a long time since his 9-1 start to the 2010 season.
DOC IS GOOD: The Mets did what they could considering that their lineup but the Cy Young candidate toyed with them. Missing Angel Pagan, Jason Bay, Lucas Duda, as well as David Wright until a pinch-hit in the eighth, the Mets managed just four hits in six innings vs. Halladay. Not that there is any shame in that performance.
The Mets got their only runs against the relievers, with Ronny Paulino hitting a two-run shot in the seventh for his second homer, Val Pascucci singling in a run and Justin Turner doubling in a run.
REYES TRACKER: Jose Reyes went 2-for-4 to boost his average to .331 but still is behind Ryan Braun for the NL batting title. Braun went 2-for-3 Sunday before being pulled and is now batting .333.
UP NEXT: The Mets begin their final series of the season at home against the Reds Monday night as Chris Schwinden (0-2, 5.06 ERA) opposes Homer Bailey (9-7, 4.32) at 7:10 p.m. in Flushing.