Pedro’s first start …This is what I’ve been waiting for since I stepped off the plane over a month ago – the chance to see Pedro Martinez pitch. Pitching coach Rick Peterson said it best yesterday about Martinez’s return when he said it makes the team whole because all their parts are together. Bottom line: If Martinez isn’t Martinez, or close to it, the Mets are in for a long summer because their pitching is suspect to begin with. Then again, if he gets lit up today by the Orioles there’s no reason to panic because this is his first start.
Glavine turns 40 …Tom Glavine has the right idea on this age issue, saying it’s only a number and the important thing is how you feel. Glavine turned 40 on Saturday and offered his all-opponent team:
C: Mike Piazza
1B: Mark McGwire (with mentions to Albert Pujols and Carlos Delgado)
2B: Ryne Sandberg
SS: Cal Ripken
3B: Mike Schmidt
LF: Barry Bonds
CF: Andruw Jones
RF: Tony Gwynn (with mention of Vladimir Guerrero)
Starting pitcher: Greg Maddux
Around the Horn …
With a week to go and there’s only one unanswered question of significance pertaining to the Mets’ roster and that’s choosing between Brian Bannister and Aaron Heilman as the fifth starter. Again, I’m thinking Bannister in the rotation and Heilman in the bullpen. … Cliff Floyd is out again with the flu. … Willie Randolph is still mulling over his batting order.