Tony Armas Jr., following John Maine’s 4 inning start the night before, was being counted on to provide innings, to rest the Mets’ bullpen.
His stats weren’t great, but, he did his job, pitching six innings, allowing 4 earned runs on eight hits, walking one, striking out three, and allowing a first inning, two-run homer to Rick Ankiel, who deserves credit for becoming a legitimate hitter and center fielder, after his much-publicized pitching problems, returning to the minors to become a full-time hitter, and outfielder, returning to the majors, and playing so well, that stories of the pitching problems have disappeared.
One stat does look impressive for Armas: 99 pitches, 66 strikes. Exactly two thirds of his pitches were strikes, which was terrific. SNY announcers did mention as part of their pre-game that Armas did have excellent control at AAA, and if he can continue to throw 2/3 of his pitches for strikes, he could do very well.
Four pitchers, Aaron Heilman, Pedro Feliciano, Duaner Sanchez & Billy Wagner combined for 3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit, and striking out two.
Feliciano, who has been solid all season, has an ERA of 2.76
Wagner, who has had a terrific season, earned his 19th save, while lowering his ERA to 1.85