By Mike Steffanos
Game 2: Marlins 5 - Mets 4 (10)
Well that sucked.
By now I'm sure you're aware that Pedro Martinez tweaked a hammy in the third inning of last night's extra inning loss to the Fish. He's flying into New York to get an MRI. By now the Mets should qualify for a team volume discount. When he hurt himself he grabbed his leg way up on the hammy. Those high hamstring strains can be a real b*tch -- take it from someone who learned that lesson the hard way.
Actually, Pedro was pitching a little gingerly early on to fairly unfavorable results. He actually seemed to be settling into the game a little when the injury happened, but I wonder if he was feeling a little something there before he felt the "pop". I'll wait for a medical diagnoses before I attempt to dissect how much this hurts the club. If we're lucky it's a start or two, if not, could be a month.
Similar to game 1, the offense had some nice moments early, right through tying the game in the fifth against Renyel Pinto. Then they went home, and it might have gone on quite a bit later if the Marlins didn't take it.
Sosa, Schoeneweis, Joe Smith and Heilman were all solid -- particularly Sosa in a 2-2/3 inning relief of Pedro and Heilman with a strong 2 innings late in the game.
Finally Matt Wise, who I still really like despite it all, came in to the game in the top of the 10th and struck out the first two batters. He falls behind Robert Andino -- he of 0 lifetime homers and a .272 SLG in 81 lifetime AB -- and then gets a strike with a semi-hanging changeup. He hangs the next one worse, Andino accepts the gift, and it's all over. When you have a great pitch like Wise's changeup you need to be careful not to go to the well too often, especially when you leave it up.
We could use the "good" Oliver Perez to show up tomorrow, because the 'pen could use some rest. Thanks to Pedro's early exit and the extra frame the bullpen has pitched 8-1/3 innings in the first two games. Only Feliciano and Wagner have yet to pitch; Sosa and Heilman have thrown 3 innings each already.