PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Spring Training didn't start well for Mike Pelfrey, but it sure did end well.
After allowing 20 runs over his first four starts of the spring, New York's right-hander ended Spring Training by giving up just two runs combined in his past two outings. That includes Tuesday's start, when he allowed one run in four innings of work and struck out five batters in the Mets' 7-6 victory over the Yankees.
"I had a pretty good idea of where the ball was going to go, and I think when you get that, I think you're ready to go," Pelfrey said. "I feel good. I'm excited to get out of here and start the season."
The 28-year-old still finished Spring Training with a 7.62 ERA, but he is optimistic that his recent success on the mound will carry over to the regular season.
"[Pelfrey is] happy," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He felt great today, and he threw the ball terrific again today. His ball had really good sink."