Last night, the Amazin' Mets weren't. Starter John Maine couldn't complete five innings after getting off to a terrible start. In the first, Maine served up a homer ball to Brandon Phillips that cleared the bases. Swoosh! Before the first Met stepped into the batter's box they were behind four nothing.
So in the fifth, who did Willie Randolph send in to relieve Maine? Mike Pelfrey. In 1.1 innings he raised his ERA to 6.12 after giving up a run and two hits. Pelfrey doesn't belong in the Mets bullpen. He belongs in the Zephyrs starting rotation until he improves his ability to get batters out.
On the plus side, Lastings Milledge, the new left fielder, hit a home run and raised his average to .182, and Ruben Gotay continued his hot hitting, going 2-5. He's now hitting .346. Unfortunately, his fielding's not as hot. He made two errors.
The Zephyrs lost, 11-5. Starter Jason Vargas pitched two innings. His stats: six hits, nine runs, three hits. Why did Minaya trade for him?
The Binghamton Mets won, 4-2. Starter Jose Sanchez gave up four hits and two runs in 5.2 innings.
The Cyclones won, 16-7, scoring 10 runs in the last two innings. Unfortunately, their pitchers gave up 15 hits.
St. Lucie lost, 3-2. Starter Deolis Guerra, who just pitched in the Futures Game, held the Tampa Yankees to two hits and two runs over five innings.
The Kingsport Mets wiped out the Bristol White Sox, 10-1. Starter Michael Antonini shut out the Sox in his four inning stint, giving up just two hits. And then Bradley Burns continued the shutout, giving up only one hit in three innings of relief.