Pedro Martinez is back, but does that make the Mets whole again? He’s been gone so much they’ve learned to live without him. Not always good, but they’ve gotten by.
To think Martinez will have stud stuff tonight is being overly optimistic. Willie Randolph is saying 90 to 100 pitches, which should get him through the fifth inning.
There isn’t anybody who doesn’t want Martinez to come back and stay healthy. But, considering his track record, is it realistic?
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IN GAME ANALYSIS
1st inning: David Wright gives the Mets a 1-0 lead, but Martinez is rusty in the bottom of the inning, throwing 21 pitches and the Giants tie the game on Randy Winn’s double. Mets 1, San Francisco 1.
2nd inning: Martinez has a slightly smoother inning, with his pitch count at 38.
3rd inning: His best inning so far. He’s at 52 pitches.
4th inning: Martinez is settling in. Another 14-pitch inning puts him at 66. However, it’s chilly and the Mets are in a long inning in the top of the 5th inning. This is something to watch.
5th inning: The Mets scored eight in the top of the inning. The length of the inning and running the bases took something out of Martinez. He threw 24 that inning and is at 90. Mets 9, San Francisco 3.
6th inning: They give Martinez one more, and he pitches out of first-and-third trouble without giving up a run. He finishes at 109 pitches.
9th inning: A sloppy ninth for Scott Schoeneweis. Mets 9, San Francisco 6.
IN THE CLUBHOUSEÂ
Pedro Martinez on how he felt:Â “I felt like I was expecting to feel. I came off the field the same way I came on.’’
Martinez on if he feels a sense of relief this is over:Â “It’s not over until the end of the season. I feel really good. I feel really confident that I’ll be healthy.’‘