The New York Mets’ pitching staff has been close to untouchable on the road this year. At Shea Stadium, it’s another story.
In his season debut, Chan Ho Park gave up seven runs in four innings as the Mets (15-9) lost to Florida 9-6. The loss evened the Mets’ home record at 6-6 and raised their home ERA to 4.38. The staff is 9-3 with a 1.50 ERA on the road.
Park was recalled after the Mets placed pitcher Orlando Hernandez and second baseman Jose Valentin on the 15-day disabled list. Hernandez is expected to miss two starts with bursitis in his pitching shoulder while Valentin has a partially torn right knee ligament, and is expected to miss two to four weeks.
“We’re not concerned. Anytime you lose a couple of your guys, you’ve got to just sort of regroup,” Mets manager Willie Randolph said. “I’m not panicking. We’ve got some depth.”
The Mets look to rebound with Pelfrey (0-2, 7.90 ERA). On Wednesday, the right-hander gave up six runs and eight hits in three innings in New York’s 11-5 defeat to Colorado, his second consecutive loss after a promising season debut.
Pelfrey allowed two runs in 5 2-3 innings in his first start, but didn’t get a decision in a 3-2 win over Washington on April 13. He’s given up 10 runs in eight innings in two starts since then for an 11.25 ERA.
David Wright’s struggles continued Monday with an 0-for-5 performance that dropped his home batting average to .205. Wright, who hit .311 overall last year, left six runners on base, including five in scoring position.
“I can’t seem to get into a rhythm where I feel comfortable at the plate,” Wright said. “I can’t continue to go out there and be a rally killer. The guys around me are doing great.”
For the Marlins (12-13), Monday’s win was only their second in their last seven road games. Florida, though, doubled its win total from last April, when they were 6-16 in the opening month of the season.
“You want to win as many games as possible and take series, and to jump with this win is a good thing for this team,” reliever Henry Owens told the team’s official Web site after pitching a perfect ninth inning for his second save of the year.
Ricky Nolasco (0-0, 20.25) will his first start since April 6 for Florida. Nolasco went on the disabled list with elbow inflammation after allowing three runs in 1 1-3 innings of his season debut, an 8-2 Florida loss to Philadelphia.
He was 11-11 with a 4.82 ERA as a rookie in 2006, with three of those losses coming against the Mets. Nolasco was winless in four games - three starts - while posting a 19.73 ERA against New York last season.