Can New York Mets Contend Without Pedro Martinez?

Fellowes RoddCorrespondent IApril 2, 2008

The Mets hopes for a championship season may have been squashed yesterday around 8:15 pm.

The Mets' No. 2 starter, Pedro Martinez, went down in the fourth inning yesterday with a hamstring injury. He is having medical procedures done today, but results are still unknown as to the length of his injury.

In the short term, Mets long relief man Jorge Sosa will most likely take command of Pedro's spot in the rotation. However, the task of who will fill the vacant bullpen spot is up in the air.

The Mets already-weakened pen without Duaner Sanchez has now been downgraded yet again.

The solution may rely in Brian Stokes, if he is not claimed off of waivers by the end of the day today, or in Nelson Figueroa, who was assigned to the Mets AAA affiliate the New Orlean's Zephyrs. The Mets Rule No. 5 draft pick Steven Register is ineligible.

It is unlikely that the Mets would be able to find a starter they could deal for, let alone someone of Pedro's caliber, because of their already-thin farm system. The waiver wire is a possibility. 

The Mets, while thought to be a possible powerhouse, may be in trouble.

An injured Duaner Sanchez has spelled trouble for the bullpen, Orlando Hernandez is out, and may never even be effective when he returns judging on the way he pitched this spring, Moises Alou is down until May, and Luis Castillo is coming off an injury from last year and is still fragile.

If the Mets can fight off these injuries they could still be a contender, but with every team in the NL East being competitive this year, especially the Phillies and Braves, the Mets may be in for a rough year.