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Zambrano Gets Rocked, Tweaks Hamstring

Mike SteffanosFriday, March 31, 2006
By Mike Steffanos

Cardinals 9 - Mets 6

Pedro Martinez threw 88 pitches in his 4 innings against the Cardinals today. He gave up 3 runs on 4 hits, including a home run by Albert Pujols. He struck out 4 and walked 3. He felt good, although he admitted to be as sharp as he would like to be, but is committed to pitching his first start:

If I'm ready to pitch in Grapefruit League games. I'm ready to pitch in the season. At least I'm going to be out there. I might not be as sharp as everybody is used to seeing me, but I'll be out there, and that's probably the main thing right now.

Victor Zambrano followed Martinez, and it was ugly. He pitched 2-2/3 innings before leaving with a slight hamstring strain that might cause him to miss his first start. He allowed 6 runs on 8 hits and a walk, while striking out 3. Pujols took him deep twice. Pedro Feliciano finished up and pitched well, giving up 2 hits and no walks while striking out 2 in 2-1/3 innings.

Jose Reyes continued his hot hitting, going 2-2 with a pair of walks. Take that, humorless sabermetricians! Cliff Floyd and Julio Franco also had 2-hit games.

The Mets and Cardinals will meet again tomorrow in Jupiter, as both teams play their last games that don't count. Steve Trachsel will pitch for the Mets. Perhaps he will take pity on my ulcer and pitch well.

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It's not personality, per se, but makeup -- his makeup is off the charts. It's never just raw talent. You put everything you think together and try to project what they're going to be. Brian has so many things that don't have anything to do with how he throws. ... He's humble. But he has lots of confidence. And he has baseball smarts. He has as good a makeup as you'd want in a person, no matter what he's going to do.

You know, I called when they made it official that he was going north. He thanked me for signing him. ... I said, 'Thank you.' If I sign one kid like that a year, I'll have a job for a long time. But there aren't many like him.

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