You know the warning Major League Baseball gave to the Mets and Nationals about headhunting?
Well, it extends for the whole year.
It means the umpires have the authority, if they suspect a pitcher intentionally throws at a hitter, to eject him without a warning.
“But, they’ve always had that,” said Mets manager Willie Randolph, which means the warning doesn’t mean a lot.
What it amounts to is mom telling the kids to behave themselves.
“It certainly wouldn’t affect the way I would pitch,” said Steve Trachsel. “I would promise not to throw inside if they would promise not to hit the ball up the middle.”
This all stemmed from Pedro Martinez plunking Jose Guillen twice last week at Shea and the volatile Nationals outfielder responding by waiving his bat as he slowly walked to the mound. He was restrained, and with the exception of a lot of yelling, nothing happened.
Mets GM Omar Minaya has known Guillen since he was a teenager and spoke with him at length during batting practice. There were a lot of smiles. Hard to believe anything will happen tonight.
Of course, and the Yankees will say this, that Pedro has gotten a free pass for years, much like Roger Clemens. Randolph said if they just let the players solve things among themselves there would be less problems.
The lineup …
Randolph will continue to ride the hot horse while he can, so the lineup stays the same.
SS Jose Reyes
C Paul Lo Duca
CF Carlos Beltran
1B Carlos Delgado
3B David Wright
LF Cliff Floyd
RF Xavier Nady
2B Anderson Hernandez
RP Pedro Martinez