By Mike Steffanos
Game 154: Braves 4 - Mets 2
With 19 starts under his belt and the season winding down, I think it's fair to say that the Pedro Martinez that we've been seeing is likely to be the only Pedro we're going to get this year.
While I certainly am not laying yesterday's loss at his feet -- after all, he provided what was essentially the Mets entire offense in the game -- I think it's fair to say that I don't expect him to pitch well going into any game. Basically, a Pedro start is equivalent to a Brandon Knight start at this point. I just hope he pitches well enough to keep them in the game, and I hope the offense is on that day.
Pedro certainly kept them in the game against a diminished Atlanta attack, but the offense was nowhere to be found.
It's unfair to single anyone out, but the Mets may have trouble even limping into the playoffs if Ryan Church doesn't find his stroke. With the loss of Tatis, the Mets just don't have anyone who can provide pop that they feel comfortable about in RF. Maybe giving Endy a start and Church a day off might be in order.