Just when I was finally starting to get over the news that the Kelly Stinnett Era is over, we learn that Pedro Martinez has a tear in his left calf and will not pitch in the postseason. Those of you who are paying attention will notice that I wrote his left calf, and will remember that it's the right calf that had Petey sidelined most recently. People, this man is falling apart. Remember the Mets were criticized for handing a four year deal to a pitcher with a tear in his shoulder. Then a toe injury kept him from pitching Opening Day. Now it's his calves. You can argue back and forth whether Barry Zito is an "ace," but forgive me for looking ahead to the offseason and trying to figure out how the Mets can afford not to sign this guy if they have postseason aspirations in 2007.
Now, back to the present. With Orlando Hernandez , their NLDS Game 1 starter, on the mound (5 IP, 1 unearned run, 3 hits, 5 walks), the Mets managed a win against The Bravos thanks to the bats of the two Carloses. Delgado had four RBI's and Carlos Beltran hit his 41st homerun of the season, tying Todd Hundley for the club record. Beltran is wrapping up one of the finest offensive seasons ever put together in a Mets uniform. He may still lose out to Ryan Howard or Albert Pujols for the MVP, even though the Phillies Wild Card chances are about done and the Cardinals are in the midst of one of the all-time greatest September collapses. The Houston Rockets are just a half game behind the Cards in the NL Central with three to play against Atlanta.
As for me, I'm headed up to DC today to watch the Mets wrap up their regular season at beautiful RFK stadium. I'll post comments and maybe pictures on Monday, when the Mets postseason opponents will finally, hopefully, be set. Lets Go Mets!