Pedro Beato has been outstanding

Last night, Pedro Beato pitched two scoreless innings of relief of Mike Pelfrey, throwing 20 pitches, 15 of which were strikes.

He’s allowed just six hits and one unearned run in nine innings so far this season, while walking just one, and striking out six.

I love what I’ve seen so far from Beato, and that includes what I saw of his in Spring Training. He throws strikes, which is a breath of fresh air, and he throws hard. He got out of a tough jam in the sixth inning last night to keep the Mets in the game, inducing two ground balls to limit the damage.

I am actually a little surprised he’s had such good command thus far, given he has no major league experience coming into this season. If it continues, I don’t see how Terry Collins can keep him from pitching in more pressurized situations, especially with Bobby Parnell and most others struggling late in games.

Having said that, as SNY’s Ted Berg pointed out last night on Twitter, the Mets bullpen has pitched to a 2.08 ERA since Wednesday, which includes two doubleheaders. Even so, Beato has been the best pitcher on the staff so far, and I hope it continues, and he can make adjustments as the league adjusts to him.