The New York Mets entered action tonight with hopes of keeping the passive-agressive Philadelphia Phillies at bay in the National League East. Most would think they had a pretty good shot with Pedro Martinez starting on the mound tonight.
And then the game started...
Single, stolen base, walk, double, RBI groundout, strikeout, single, single, strikeout.
This was a big game, wasn't it? The Mets entered this game only leading the Phillies by 1/2 game, right?
It's hard for any team to come back from a 3-0 deficit after one inning, especially one trying to exorcise the demons from last year's historic collapse.
What this team needed from a veteran like Martinez was 6 strong innings. What it got was a big, giant hole to dig out of on the road.
Martinez somewhat redeemed himself with a 2-run double later, but it was not nearly enough to make the difference.
So once again tomorrow Mike Pelfrey goes to the mound with the team looking to him to not run out of gas after the impressive 2nd half he's had.
Ironically, it's the inability to pitch effectively now that is the reason he's even in a Met uniform to begin with.
Martinez is 1-3 with a 7.00 ERA in his last 5 starts, however no one should be surprised. Theo Epstein, GM of the Boston Red Sox sure isn't. He and others would not give Pedro a contract that would cover this year.
The Mets were willing, and here we are needing him to be the Pedro of 2000-2004. Unfortunately, there's just not enough left in the tank. And it's foolish for us to think there would be. Father time and injuries and have taken their toll on the future Hall of Famer.
However, it would be great if in his next start, he were able to put up 6 or 7 zeroes.