With Carlos Delgado and Cliff Floyd on the bench against Florida left-hander Dontrelle Willis, the Mets needed David Wright, sore back and all, to play.
It was a gametime decision, but Wright played and drove in two runs on four hits to help the Mets beat the Marlins this afternoon, 7-4.
It was the kind of effort that reinforces Wright’s status as a team leader.
“He’s one of those rare players who can be as good as he wants to be,’’ said Tom Glavine. “He has all the talent in the world. … When those guys aren’t in the lineup, David is the guy. We’re expecting him to pick up the slack. Guys respect the fact he goes out there banged up. But, less than 100 percent, he’s still better than a lot of guys.’’
Glavine schools Willis …
Glavine out-pitched Willis this afternoon, taking a no-hitter through five innings and giving up three runs in 7 2/3 innings.
It was Glavine’s sixth victory in as many starts.
“I feel comfortable out there now,’’ Glavine said of his groove. “In the back of my mind, I’m not taking it for granted. I’m trying to go with the flow for as long as I can.’’
At 8-2 with a 2.59 ERA, Glavine along with Arizona’s Brandon Webb _ who’ll start against the Mets Wednesday at Shea Stadium _ are frontrunners to start the All-Star Game in Pittsburgh.
Pedro sore, won’t comment on future …
Pedro Martinez reported soreness in the upper portion of his right hip today, but doesn’t think it will keep him from making his next start.
Martinez’s next start is scheduled for Wednesday against Arizona, but with a day off the following day, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him pushed back to next Friday against San Francisco at Shea Stadium.
Martinez also had no comment on a broadcast report he’s planning to retire after his contract expires following the 2008 season.
Hernandez ready …
Orlando Hernandez will make his Mets’ debut tomorrow against Florida.
Hernandez is 1-1 with a 5.11 ERA in two starts against Florida. Hernandez beat the Marlins, 8-4, in June of 1999 in his last appearance here.