Adding Fuel on the Fire: Beltran Sick and Out

Michael GanciCorrespondent IMay 31, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19:  Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets slides across home plate to score in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Mets 5-3.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse on the injury front. It looks like Carlos Beltran will be held out of today’s starting lineup due to a stomach virus that caused him to leave yesterday’s loss to the Marlins. Instead, the Mets will put Angel Pagan in center field, and they will hope for the best.

Fernando Martinez will get another start after the biggest game of his young career. He had two hits, one of which was of the RBI variety. The young stud is showing flashes of excellence, although most of us have come to the realization that he is not up here right now to stay. Fans always love to take a look at what the future holds, and Fernando Martinez could be a full time player as soon as next year.

If that does pan out, that means there would be two holes in the outfield. The Mets will probably look to free agency for one option, and then they would plug Carlos Beltran in center field. That means that Ryan Church would likely be he odd man out, and he may be getting dealt before all is said and done anyway.

Today is a big game. If the Mets win, it will conclude a nice week. After the crap that we saw in Los Angeles, the Mets have a chance to go 7-2 in the nine games since. That is exactly what they needed to get themselves back in the right place.


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