New York Mets
@ Cincinnati Reds
Sunday, Jul 20, 2008, 1:15 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park
Mike Pelfrey vs Edinson Volquez
Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to left field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 90.
Pelfrey's been hot of late. He's 6-0 with a 2.26 ERA in his last nine starts and he's only allowed more than 2 runs in 2 of those 9 starts. Only 5 current Reds hitters have faced Pelfrey and while they are a combined 5 for 14, all 5 hits come from Griffey and Flatout Keppinger. His previous start against the Reds came earlier this season on May 10th in the 2nd game of a double-header. It was a game that the Reds won 7-1, but 5 of those runs came off of the Mets bullpen.
As we all know, Volquez has come back down to earth a bit lately (4.01 ERA in his last 7 starts), but he finished off the first "half" with a 10-strikeout gem against the Brewers. Outside of his brief All Star appearance, he's had 7 days of rest, so he'll hopefully be back up to full strength today. He still leads the NL in ERA and a win today with 9 or more strikeouts puts him back in at least a tie for the lead in each of those categories. I'll be at the game watching it all happen.