The Mets’ hot start notwithstanding, Shea Stadium hasn’t forgotten how to boo.
They booed Victor Zambrano tonight when he was introduced, when his image appeared on the video board, and most of all after giving up three homers in a 7-1 loss tonight to Atlanta.
Manager Willie Randolph said it was a matter of throwing bad pitches to good hitters, but Zambrano said he made good pitches to good hitters.
Nonetheless, Andruw Jones took him deep twice and Adam LaRoche also homered as the Braves settled the matter early.
“Not one bit,” Randolph said of his concern level with Zambrano. “It’s one game.”
Fair enough, a red flag has been raised on a guy who was 7-12 last year.
Injury update …
After seeing Anderson Hernandez hobble around the clubhouse tonight, I wouldn’t bet on seeing him play tomorrow afternoon. Don’t count on seeing Carlos Beltran either, and the odds are the Mets will continue to play things cautious with Cliff Floyd.
There’s no reason to push any of them right now.
That means another lineup of Endy Chavez in center, Jose Valentin in left and Chris Woodward at second.
Kaz Matsui is continuing his rehab at Class AAA Norfolk, but general manager Omar Minaya said he’s not ready.