During last night's broadcast, Gary and Ron told us that Pedro Martinez would throw a bullpen session today which would determine whether Petey would be able to start one of Saturday's games. Today in Newsday, David Lennon says that a start Saturday is very unlikely, and we probably won't see martinez start until after the All Star break.
Fortunately, the Mets pitching was just ducky yesterday, as El Duque turned in a real nice performance against the Pittsburgh High School team. The Mets beat the Bucs 5-0. They scored all their runs in the first inning, and in fact they got all their hits in the first inning. It looked like it was going to be a laugher early on when the Mets beat up on Kip Wells, but it turned out to be a pitchers duel for the next eight innings. After the first, Wells bore down and pitched five more innings without allowing a hit. John Grabow came in the seventh and shut the Mets down for their last two turns at bat. El Duque was great too, going seven innings and striking out 7, with Bradford and Dirty Sanchez pitching a scoreless inning each.
Gary and Ron talked about this during the broadcast, but if the playoffs started today, El Duque is my #3 starter. Of course its a good thing the playoffs don't start today because we're missing one of our aces!