Jae Seo was one of the Mets better pitchers the second half of last year, and many Mets fans were upset to see Omar Minaya trade him away to L.A. for reliever Duaner Sanchez instead of giving him a chance to compete for a slot in this years rotation.
Jae Seo is now the fifth starter for the Dodgers, but he got into his first game of 2006 last night coming out of the bullpen because LA doesn't need a fifth starter for the first week of the season. Brad Penny had staked the Dodgers to a 5-1 lead over the Braves after five innings when he handed the ball over to Seo in the sixth. Seo started off well but almost blew the game, allowing three runs in three innings, including a two run homer by Adam LaRoche in the eighth. Baez helped the Dodgers hang on though, getting the save in the ninth inning, and the Dodgers beat the Braves 5-4. Smoltz starts the season 0-1, getting tagged for five earned runs in five innings.
The Mets' magic number is 161.