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Pelfrey's been Manuel's ace in the hole

With the Mets' manager on thin ice, young righty as much a savior as he is a starter

Updated: May 23, 2010, 1:21 PM ET
By Ian Begley | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Is Mike Pelfrey pitching to single-handedly save Jerry Manuel's job?

With speculation swirling around his manager's job status, Pelfrey came up with two quality starts in big spots this week to temporarily temper the firestorm surrounding Manuel.

The latest example came Saturday night, when "Big Mike" -- as Manuel likes to call him -- allowed just one earned run in six innings and struck out five to earn the win over Phil Hughes and the Yanks in front of a sellout crowd ...

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