Pelfrey: 'I wasn't as good as my line'

May, 17, 2011
New York Mets right-hander Mike Pelfrey is his own worst critic.

"I don't think I was as good as my line was," said Pelfrey, who gave up just one earned run on six hits over seven innings, but wound up with a no-decision in the Mets' 2-1 11-inning loss to the Florida Marlins on Monday night. "My command has been better the past couple starts, and thought I made a lot of mistakes tonight, but was able to get out of a couple jams because guys made plays behind me."

The Marlins did manage to take advantage of one Pelfrey mistake, however, and that proved costly.

Pelfrey left a hanging slider up in the zone to right fielder Mike Stanton, who absolutely annihilated the pitch over the apple in dead-center in the seventh.

"I didn't get away with that, and he hit that a long ways," Pelfrey said. "You tip your cap."

Pelfrey (3-3, 5.11 ERA) has now gone 3-1 with a 2.76 ERA in his past five starts (32 2/3 innings).

"I think the Atlanta Braves game was an eye-opener for me," said Pelfrey, who gave up four earned runs on 11 hits over five innings in that April 16 outing. "I had a great fastball that night, and wound up getting my brains beat in.

"I had a great fastball, but I didn't throw anything else for strikes. I've become more free and easier, throwing other pitches for strikes, and that's made all the difference in the world."

Mike Mazzeo

ESPN Staff Writer



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