Farewell Pedro, Mets Fans Hardly Knew You

pedrom11Although the signing of free agent pitcher Tim Redding to a one-year contract may seem very benign, it actually is significant for some current and former Mets. I thought that the Mets could have gotten Redding to sign a minor league deal. But by signing a major league deal, he’s guaranteed to be competing for the fifth spot in the starting rotation.

First, the impact of this signing means that Jonathan Niese and Bobby Parnell have a tougher fight to make the major league roster than they did earlier this week. I thought Niese, especially, had a great shot to secure the fifth spot in the rotation out of spring training. And that may still happen. But it won’t be easy. He’ll have to supplant Redding and his $2.25 million major league contract and relegate him to the bullpen. That won’t be easy. Most likely, Niese will start the season in Buffalo and have to work his way to the majors.

Second, the Mets haven’t ruled out Pedro Martinez returning to the Mets. And Pedro wants to come back to the Mets. By signing Redding the Mets have all but eliminated the possibility of Pedro coming back. Pedro likely won’t come back with a minor league contract. And Pedro won’t work out of the bullpen for the Mets. He’s a first ballot Hall of Famer not a long reliever.

Let me preface this next paragraph by saying, I think Pedro is great. That said, I don’t want him back again. This is a time where we should look back on Pedro’s four years with the Mets because he won’t be coming back. And that’s okay.

Don’t feel bad for Pedro. He’ll be just fine. He’s made just over $146 million in his career. In his 17 year career, Pedro made about 36% of his money from the Mets over four years. The Mets were extremely generous to Pedro.

Pedro’s Mets career was great in 2005, but a disaster since then. We only saw Pedro in 79 games total as a Met. His record over the four year span was 32-23, not exactly beefing up his Hall of Fame resume. Since 2005 we’ve only seen Pedro in 48 games during the last three years of his contract.

Although it would be nice to see Pedro come back and get a chance to redeem himself for the last three miserable seasons he spent with the Mets, it’s not going to happen. I don’t say farewell to Pedro  with the same disdain that Yankees fans said goodbye to Carl Pavano. Pedro was almost always with the team, supporting them from the dugout. You can’t say that he didn’t care, he did.

The bottom line is that you have to be able to be on the field to make a contribution. And Pedro just couldn’t do that. Farewell Pedro, best of luck to you. See you in Cooperstown but it won’t be as a Met.

Flickr photo courtesy of bryce_edwards.

Mets Win 7-6 Over Cubs In Bottom Of Ninth

The Mets and Cubs played through the rain tonight to finish nine innings, and the Mets needed every one of them. Pedro Martinez was bad again giving up five runs over six innings, including two runs in the first inning.

Ricardo Rincon came in and gave up a first pitch homer to Micah Hoffpauir, his second homer of the night. It looked like the game and possibly the season was lost.

Surprisingly, the Mets fought back scoring runs in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings. Carlos Beltran had the big RBI single in the ninth to score Jose Reyes with the winning run.

It’s a dramatic victory that showed this team isn’t dead yet.

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On Deck- September 25- Cubs at Mets [Game 4]

Chicago Cubs (96-61 Road: 41-35) at New York Mets (87-71 Home: 46-31) 7:10pm

Rich Harden (5-1 1.66) vs. Pedro Martinez (5-6 5.50) 

TV: SNY  Radio: WFAN

What to watch: This couldn’t be more of a critical game. The weather report is iffy and both teams really don’t want to see a postponement. Pedro has to be better than we’ve seen him lately to beat Harden.

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Pedro, Mets Lose To Braves 4-2

Once again Pedro Martinez didn’t have it. He gave up four runs over six innings including three in the first inning. He’s consistently leaving the Mets in the hole after the first inning.

Pedro did have the only offensive spark of the game hitting a two run double in the fifth. And that was all the offense that the Mets could muster.

The Mets may drop out of first place with the Phillies currently leading the Marlins 3-2 in the eighth inning.

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On Deck- September 20- Mets at Braves [Game 2]

New York Mets (86-67 Road: 41-38) at Atlanta Braves (67-87 Home: 41-38) 7:10pm

Pedro Martinez (5-5 5.47) vs. Jorge Campillo (7-7 3.79) 

TV: SNY  Radio: WFAN

What to watch: Pedro has lost two games in a row now and looked pretty bad doing it. This very well may be one of his final starts as a Met. If John Maine is able to pitch there’s no way we’ll see Pedro if the Mets make it to October. The Mets try to hold their slim .5 game lead over the Phillies tonight in the NL East.

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Mets Stifled By Nats Lannan 7-2

Pedro Martinez was very hittable again going six innings and giving up four runs. As usual, he gave up one in the first. The Mets always start the game in the hole when Pedro pitches.

The Nats’ John Lannan pitched extremely well going seven innings giving up only one run.

The Mets had little offense to speak of so I won’t even bother. They’ve now lost three of their last four games and the NL East lead is down to .5 game.

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On Deck- September 15- Mets at Nationals [Game 1]

New York Mets (83-65 Road: 38-36) at Washington Nationals (56-93 Home: 31-40)7:10pm

Pedro Martinez (5-4 5.44) vs. John Lannan (8-13 4.09) 

TV: SNY  Radio: WFAN

What to watch: Pedro was putrid in his last start eight days ago against the Phillies. This time he faces a dead Washington team that can’t get out it’s own way. Lannan’s last start was against the Mets and he got rocked for five runs in three innings.

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