If the Pirates sweep the Mets this weekend, they'll go into the break with a 6-6 record after their nine-game winning streak. 15-6 isn't a bad run. Matt Harvey is skipping his start this weekend, so hey, anything's possible.
Tonight, Charlie Morton pitches for the Pirates against Jeremy Hefner. Hefner was a Pirate for less than a month in November and December of 2011. He's not very good, so the Pirates should score some runs again tonight. First pitch tonight is at 7:05.
Yeh - I'd say Hefner was mighty good tonight. He might be the best Mets starter we'll see this weekend since we are lucky and will not have to face Harvey.
Pat, I'm not sure I'd say that Mr. Hefner is not very good: From MLB.com,
"Jeremy Hefner is 4-6 with a 3.39 ERA this season, emerging as a dependable and consistent starter for the Mets. He has given up only one earned run in each of his last three starts. Since June 4, Hefner's ERA is just 1.64, which is the best in the Major Leagues in that stretch.
In Hefner's seven starts during that span, he has 37 strikeouts and eight walks. And the Mets have taken advantage of the stellar performances he has been giving them. They have won the last five games Hefner has started.
Hefner said several factors led him to this type of resurgence.
'We made a mechanical adjustment a couple months ago, toward the end of May," Hefner said. "I have a little more deceptiveness, and the velocity's gone up a little bit. Playing great defense and we're scoring runs. I've got a few more wins because we scored some more runs.' "