From Tom Seaver to Dwight Gooden to David Wright, A look at the New York Mets past, present and future.
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Well, this is a big kick in the you know what. Pedro Martinez has shoulder surgery last month and now he’s saying that it could potentially be the end. We probably won’t know much until the spring season starts in March. I guess for now, the Mets have to proceed with the fact that they might not have their ace and then plan accordingly.
In other news, Carlos Beltran won his first gold glove.
Man, this is bitter sweet. The good news is, we’ve gone most of the season without a really effective Pedro and still finished with the best record in the National League. The bad news is, you knew he’d be money and a difference maker. Now that World Series win doesn’t seem as firmly in the grasp as most of us thought. The other odd thing is, the Mets still don’t know who’ll they’ll be playing in the post season. Could be any of potentially five teams still but it’ll likely be the Dodgers.
Oh yeah, and the Mets played the Braves this week. Tuesday’s game was pretty ugly. Oliver Perez was bombed as was Heath Bell out of the pen. Both gave up six runs. In the meantime, John Smoltz shut down the Mets offense and sent them packing with a six hit shutout.
Wednesday game could have been the toughest game of the year. Pedro was shelled. This isn’t how a World Series contender plays in their final week. Pedro gave up seven runs in less then three innings of work and it’s probably the final outing of the year for Pedro 2006. The lone Mets run came when Carlos Delgado scored on Shawn Green’s ground out.
Finally, the Mets snapped their skid yesterday. Orlando Hernandez gave us five solid innings and while the pen didn’t pitch well, they didn’t blow it either. Carlos Beltran hit homerun number 41 and Carlos Delgado drove in four runs in the 7-4 win.
The Mets finish up on the road in Washington. Hopefully nothing else bad happens.
The Mets had a chance to put some room between them and the Atlanta Braves. Things got off to a nice start on Monday and the Mets were 10-2, the best they’ve been after twelve games in franchise history. Unfortunately, it went down hill from there.
Pedro did his job on Monday and improved to 3-0 in the Mets 4-3 win. It wasn’t a picture perfect start, but it was enough to get the win. He gave up three runs on six hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Give some props to the bullpenas well. Duaner Sanchez and Billy Wagner held the Braves hitless in the final 2 1/3 innings and Wagner picked up his fourth save of the season.
On the hitting side, the big blow was a two run shot by Carlos Delgado in the third inning that gave the Mets a 3-2 lead. Xavier Nady gave the Mets some insurance with a run in the fourth. He also homered in the second inning, his fourth of the season. Paul Lo Duca went three for four with a run and Nady finished the game with three hits.
Tuesday is when things got messy. Andruw Jones homered twice against Victor Zambrano, who took the loss. He gave up seven runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts. The Mets managed only a single run on three hits. Chris Woodward went deep with a solo shot in the third inning to account for that one run.
Today’s game was the heartbreaker as the Mets dropped their first series of the season. Tom Glavine was on. He gave up a solo homer to Andruw Jones in the seventh, then the Braves added a needed insurance run in the eighth when Pena scored on David Wright’s fielding error. Woodward singled home Reyes in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough. In all, the Mets made three errors.
Glavine gave up the two runs (one earned) on four hits with five strikeouts in eight innings and his great start went to waste. Aaron Heilman threw a perfect ninth to finish things out for the Mets.
So now the Mets stand at 10-4. They now go on a west coast swing that will start in San Diego tomorrow. Three of the four games are night games. They won’t be back to Shea until May 1, 2006 when they square off against the Nationals again.
Pedro Martinez took another step closer to getting on the mound. He threw 32 pitches in from in front of the pitchers mound and while he didn’t throw at full speed, his delivery appeared normal. There were a couple of times where the trainer had to make adjustments to his new shoe.
Regardless, getting Pedro Martinez on the mound is key to the Mets chances of winning a World Series this year. We lost Jae Seo and Kris Benson to trades and those both thinned out our rotation. The difference between Pedro and starter number six (which could be any of a few different people) right now is huge. Huge.
In other good news, Mets outfield prospect Lastings Milledge was chosen as the ninth best prospect in baseball by Baseball America. We got to know Milledge better when he was blogging from the Arizona Fall League. Milledge had an impressive .330/.402/.574 line in the AFL and he was just as good in AA (.337/.392/.487 in 193 at bats).
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