Â Pedro Martinez starts tonight for the first time since July 12. Martinez is 6-7 with a 3.96 ERA in 18 games (15 starts) against Houston, so we’re not talking about an easy opponent to begin with.
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The Mets have outscored the opposition 208-127 through the first three innings and I think a fast start is important tonight to make things as easy as possible for Martinez. Let him cruise through his 75 pitches and don’t make him work too hard.