It’s nice, but means nothing, warned manager Willie Randolph of the Mets’ six-game cushion in the National League East over the Braves after last night’s 5-2 victory, powered by David Wright’s two homers and seven strong from Pedro Martinez.
“It would be nice to win three here, or two of three,” Randolph said. “But we go home and get swept by Washington and other people, we can give it back real quick.”
Those other people include the Braves, who’ll be in for three games next weekend. By the end of next Sunday, the Mets would have played their rivals nine times.
“That’s fine with me,” Randolph said of the early scheduled being front-loaded with the Braves. “It is, what it is. Playing then nine times is good for us if we keep playing good.”
Iriki busted …
Pitcher Yusaku Iriki yesterday became the third Mets minor leaguer to be suspended after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
Pitchers Jorge Reyes and Waner Mateo are the others.
Third baseman David Wright, the club’s player representative, said the Mets’ spring training presentation counseling players against drug use isn’t deficient because it is the same as the other teams.
“These are grown men,” Wright said. “If they are old enough to receive paychecks and old enough to pay taxes, they are old enough to learn and understand the drug policy.
“This is what the players association and the commissioner’s office had in mind. We want to rid the game of steroids. If there are players who take steroids, I hope they are caught and punished.”