New York Mets defeat Washington Nationals, 8-2

Let's be honest, this was no masterpiece that Mike Pelfrey hung on the wall at Citi Field Friday night.

Yet his ability to show some toughness, pitch out of trouble and help deliver a much-needed win could easily be the most important development of this first week of the season for the Mets.

Maybe you want to argue that point on a night when the Mets suddenly sprouted home run muscles, quadrupling their season total of longballs as Jeff Francoeur and Rod Barajas each h...