Things were looking optimistic when I decided it was time to sleep last night at about 11:20. The 47 minute rain delay meant that at that hour it was still only the 7th inning and the Mets had taken the lead, 7-4. I didn’t know that Aaron Heilman, Pedro Feliciano and Carlos Muniz were about to come into the game and give up 1 run apiece. The one Muniz gave up was a walkoff homer by Troy Glaus (video here).
The Mets were down early again in this one as Pedro Martinez struggled to find his niche in the first inning but came back to tie it up and even lead at one point. The run that tied it was scored on a masterful play by Jose Reyes on a fly ball to left by Endy Chavez. The ball was not deep enough to score bu Reyes faked like he was going home. Left fielder Skip Schumaker, mindful of who the runner on third was, made a flat footed throw that sailed high and away from catcher Jason LaRue. Reyes saw what was about to happen on the throw and went home to tie the game. (Video here.)
It was another odd outing for Pedro but he showed some signs of getting in the groove. He pitched 5 innings. The first and fifth were not so great but the second through the fourth were very good. In a third inning interview pitching coach Dan Warthen said that Pedro’s problem is “between his ears” indicating that he’s still got the stuff to get the job done and just needs to clear his head. Last night’s performance shows that this may actually be the case and we could be in for some vintage Pedro as the season moves along.