Mets Rumors & News
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For those of you looking forward to the return of Mike Pelfrey, you’re going to have to keep waiting. Due to last night’s rainout, manager Willie Randolph will push back Orlando Hernandez‘s start to this afternoon, keeping Pelfrey in New Orleans.

Pelfrey opened the season as the Mets fifth starter, but after a poor start (0-5 6.53 ERA), he was sent to AAA New Orleans. Pelfrey has responded well since his demotion, going 2-2 with a 3.44 ERA in seven starts.

Rumblings out of Philadelphia have suggested that yesterday’s rainout was strategy used by the Mets’ front office to save El Duque for the Phillies series. Major League Baseball allows the home team to cancel the game due to weather prior to the start.

Hernandez will start the first game of today’s doubleheader against JD Durbin, who’s making his Phillies debut. Expect a pitchers’ duel in the nightcap as John Maine faces Phillies ace Cole Hamels.

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