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New York Mets Fall to Florida Marlins in Ten

Andrew SmithCorrespondent IApril 1, 2008

The Mets fell to the Marlins 5-4 in 10 innings in Miami on Tuesday night.

Winning Pitcher

Reliever Justin Miller (1-0) gets the win after pitching a scoreless top of the tenth10th. Not all that much more to say about him.

Losing Pitcher

Matt Wise (0-1). After retiring the first two batters on impressive strikeouts, Wise surrendered a walk-off home run to Robert Andino in the bottom of the 10th inning. He just hung a change-up and Andino took him deep.

Don’t get too angry with Wise for this one, it’s just one of those things.

Notes

-Pedro wasn’t terrible. He just really struggled locating his fastball early, as both homers came off of fat fastballs.

Pedro told SNY’s Kevin Burghart that he felt his hamstring “pop” in the fourth, and         that he will be going to New York tomorrow to have an MRI.

Hamstring problem = not good because it will never go away. This will be a                     persistent issue. We all expected this, just not this early in the year.

Get well soon, Pedro. We really need you.

-Major props to the bullpen.

Jorge Sosa came into the game after Pedro was hurt and pitched 2 2/3 scoreless         innings. Then Schoeneweis and Smith combined for a perfect seventh, and Aaron         Heilman was phenomenal in throwing a scoreless eighth and ninth.

Even losing pitcher Matt Wise looked great for his first two batters, striking both         out change-ups, but he just hung the last change and Robert Andino hit it out.

It’s unfortunate that the Mets offense couldn’t contribute quite enough, and they         couldn’t claim the win. But that doesn’t change how well those three guys pitched.

-When will the no-names quit plaguing the Mets? I mean, come on, Robert Andino? He sounds like a career minor leaguer.

No Met really stood out offensively other than Brian Schneider, who was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a walk. Everyone got a hit except for Beltran, but only Schneider recorded multiple hits. 

Oh, where are you Gary Cohen, Ron Darling, and Keith Hernandez?

These Marlin announcers are so annoying. We’re in the middle of an extra inning         game and they are ripping the Shea Stadium broadcast booth. You know, the             Mets ARE building a new ballpark for that very reason.

-Carlos Beltran recorded his first assist of the season, throwing out Dan Uggla at second after Uggla tried to stretch a bloop single into a double.

-David Wright hit a bomb to deep centerfield in the top of the ninth which would have been out of every ballpark in the National League except Shea, San Diego, and maybe San Francisco.

-This loss isn’t all that aggravating. The offense was okay, the pitching was great except for the first two innings from Pedro and one poor pitch from Wise.

This loss would be very tolerable if Pedro wasn’t hurt in the game. Now this puts         the Mets in a really tough spot in the rotation way earlier than we were hoping to         deal with it.

Tomorrow’s game:

7:10 p.m.

Oliver Perez (0-0) vs. Andrew Miller(0-0). The Mets need to start the season off with a series victory. And they need to rest their bullpen, which pitched 6 1/3 innings tonight. They could use a big start from Perez.

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