Mets turn to Pelfrey with '07 collapse rearing its ugly head
History will have its long tentacles wrapped tightly around the Mets tonight as they try to preserve their next-to-nothing lead over the Phillies. Just a half-game separates the Eastern Division rivals who are accelerating in opposite directions -- a dreary déjà vu for the entire Mets community.
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Innings catching up to Rays' starters?Speaking of late-season workloads, is it more than coincidence that the Rays' starting pitchers are melting just as their season's inning total continues to soar?
Too many innings?
Brewers call on CCIf you think the Mets (and maybe the Rays) are sweating today, consider the high-anxiety state of the Brewers, who have a new and thoroughly inexperienced manager to guide them through the final 12 games of the season.
|Sept. 16||at Cubs||CC Sabathia|
|Sept. 17||at Cubs||Ben Sheets|
|Sept. 18||at Cubs||Manny Parra|
|Sept. 19||at Reds||Dave Bush|
|Sept. 20||at Reds||Jeff Suppan|
White Sox getting no reliefAnother manager with bullpen worries is Ozzie Guillen, who watched helplessly as the White Sox wasted a chance to fatten their lead over the Twins in a 4-2 loss to the Yankees on Monday night. Chicago's offense is often breathtaking -- the White Sox lead the major leagues with 215 home runs -- but the relievers have kept the American League Central race tight. Chicago leads the Twins by only 1½ games, thanks in part to the 17 runs the bullpen has allowed in the last 9 2/3 innings. Guillen was characteristically candid when asked to asses his bullpen's efficiency rating. "White hair is going to come out of my head," is what the manager told the New York Times. Bob Klapisch is a sports columnist for The Record (N.J.) and a regular contributor to ESPN.com.
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