UPDATE, 7:07 p.m.: Again, consider this your in-game thread.
Pedro Martinez (4-3, 4.96) opposes Mike Hampton (2-1, 6.92). Hopefully for his sake Hampton and his hamstrings make it through tonight OK.
UPDATE, 7:13 p.m.: Does everyone remember two weeks ago against San Diego? Jody Gerut ripped an 85 m.p.h. fastball right down Broadway for a leadoff homer. I don’t understand why Pedro thinks he can get away with that. Guys (like Yuniel Escobar) are waiting for that get-me-over “heater.”
UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: The Mets lead the majors in first-inning run with 104. They have scored in the first in 10 of their last 13 games.
UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: The new, lowly Braves are not so keen on taking pitches. After being victim to Mike Pelfrey’s first-ever career game, they had sent the minimum to face Pedro since Escobar’s solo homer to open the game until Brian McCann’s two-out single. Pedro has needed 48 pitches to get through four innings.
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: You may not have caught it on SNY, but there was a faint “MVP! MVP!” chant as David Wright crossed home and jogged into the dugout after home run No. 25.
Wright’s case for MVP will be an interesting one. Sure, there are other candidates â€” Berkman, Pujols, Ludwick, Utley, C.C. â€” but Wright may be the leader right now. Pujols hasn’t put up the power numbers of Ludwick, who will also have trouble winning because he entered the season as a no-name. Berkman is on a bad team, C.C. is a pitcher who just came over from the AL, and Utley may lose out for the simple fact his team may lose the division. How could you pick him over a guy from a division winner who plays in the same division?
To this point in the year Wright is the guy in NL.
UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: Interesting…Ryan Church is batting leadoff tonight in Binghamton. It makes me think they want to get him as many at-bats as possible before shipping him down Rt. 17 to Queens. He’s 0 for 2 so far.
Also, Eddie Kunz pitched for New Orleans for the first time Tuesday night. He gave up a hit in one scoreless inning of work.
And it looks like Pedro will hit here. He’s on deck. … I’m kinda surprised, but I guess it depends on whether or not there’s a runner on base.
UPDATE, 9:21 p.m.: OK, I’m stunned Pedro’s out for the eighth. Didn’t Manuel just tell us tonight that Pedro was better facing batters a limited amount of times?
And, oh yeah, here comes Escobar, he of the double and home run.
UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: We’re about to see one of the great ironies in sport. How a guy can pitch so poorly for the worst team in the league, then take control of an integral role the minute he goes to a team in first place.
The situation of Luis Ayala: Only in baseball.
UPDATE, 9:37 p.m.: Shea’s sweet sound of redemption: Cheering after Chipper Jones drops a pop-up in foul territory.
UPDATE, 9:52 p.m.: There was plenty of talk about Luis Ayala’s velocity, but it looks pretty good tonight. His fastball to Kelly Johnson to lead off the ninth clocked in at 94 on the Shea gun.
UPDATE, 11:52 p.m.: Bobby Cox and Brian McCann both said Omar Infante lost it in the lights, giving Carlos Delgado the game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth tonight.
According to the scorekeeper, the play was scored a hit because Infante slipped as he tried to catch the ball, impeding his ability to catch it.
I’ll have a few facts and figures to round things out tonight on a new post. Stay tuned…