Pedro Martinez will make Willie Randolph’s decision for him. “I’m not healthy,” Martinez said. “I haven’t been healthy all year.” After giving up seven runs in 2 2/3 innings tonight at Atlanta, Martinez said Tom Glavine and Orlando Hernandez are better equipped to start Game 1 of the NL Division Series next week. Even more, Martinez said he didn’t have any confidence he’s get better any time soon.
It’s obvious the Mets have to start somebody instead of Martinez for Game 1, but the issue now is will he even get a start at all? With the way he’s pitching now, the Mets can’t count on him, and Martinez even suggested the possibility of not being with the team for the first round and be activated for the second round.
Right now, John Maine gives them a better chance to win. Who knows? Maybe Oliver Perez does, too. It’s a decision worth considering. The best bet scenario would be Game 3, which affords him a little more time to work. Game 4 and Game 5 could be elimination games and that doesn’t make any sense.