I answered some questions for Mets Today.
Brett Myers (8-10, 4.40) faces righty Mike Pelfrey (13-8, 3.66) tonight in New York. Pelfrey has been fantastic over his last four starts, going 3-0 while throwing to a 1.88 ERA (six earned runs in 28 2/3 innings). He’s pitched into the seventh inning in each of those games and went nine in two of them. He hasn’t allowed a home run over 33 1/3 innings in his last five starts. Lefties have hit him hard this season, though, they’re hitting .315 against him with a 1.74 ratio. Righties haven’t fared as well, they’re hitting .239 with a 1.04 ratio. He has been way better at home than away, going 8-5 with a 2.66 ERA and a 1.13 ratio at home and 5-3 with a 5.14 ERA and a 1.68 ratio away. Utley is 3-for-8 with two home runs against him in his career.
Pelfrey has made two starts against the Phils this season, going 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.90 ratio. Both of the starts came early in the season. On April 9 the Phils made four errors, including two by shortstop Eric Bruntlett, and the Mets scored seven runs, six of which were unearned, against Kendrick in 2 1/3 innings. The Mets rolled to an 8-2 win. Pelfrey allowed two runs on five hits and two walks over five innings.
On April 20 the Phils hit him harder. Pelfrey again went five innings, but was charged with four runs on ten hits and two walks. Utley hit a pair of home runs off of Pelfrey, one in the first and on in the fourth, driving in four runs. The Phils won the game 5-4. Feliz hit a seventh-inning homer off of Feliciano to break a 4-4 tie.
Myers has been a different pitcher since his trip to the minors. Since his return he has made eight starts, going 5-1 with a 1.78 ERA and a 1.13 ratio. The Phillies have won six of the last seven games that he has started.
Myers has made one start against the Mets, which came on July 23. He allowed three runs on three hits and five walks over five innings. The Mets scored three in the sixth on a homer by a finger-waving Jose Reyes and went on to win 6-3.