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Pedro to put control, toe to the test

New York Mets (5-1) at Washington Nationals (2-6)

 

It is rather amazing how quickly Pedro Martinez's toe has become a non-issue -- a non-issue of tissue. He seems fine. Not that he would tell the world if the problematic large toe on his right foot -- his push-off foot -- ached.

But the special, modified shoes have worked. And so has he.

 

His second start -- Wednesday in Washington, D.C. -- has little to do with his foot, but rather his intent and how the Nationals will react to whatever he does.

 

One person on the field before the game Tuesday wondered about all of that hit-by-pitch stuff, and wondered aloud.

 

"What would happen if they hit Pedro ... in the toe?"

 

 

Pitching matchup

NYM: RHP Pedro Martinez(1-0, 6.00 ERA)

Martinez has made 13 starts and compiled a 4-2 record against the Expos/Nationals franchise that he pitched with for most of four seasons. Jose Guillen has a .406 average in 32 at-bats against him.

 

WSH: RHP Tony Armas, Jr. (0-1, 3.60 ERA)

Armas has a 5-3 record in eight career starts against the Mets. Other than Cliff Floyd, no Met has more than nine career at-bats against him.

 

Player to watch

Cliff Floyd showed signs of heating up on Tuesday, and he likes to face Armas. He has nine hits, including two doubles, and five walks in 26 career plate appearances against the Nationals' starter.

 

 

On television

• SNY

 

 

On radio

• WFAN 660 AM

 

Up next

• Thursday: Mets (RHP Victor Zambrano, 7-12, 4.17 ERA) at Nationals (RHP Livan Hernandez, 0-1, 4.50 ERA), 1:05 p.m. ET

• Friday: Brewers (LHP Chris Capuano, 1-1, 3.65 ERA) at Mets (LHP Tom Glavine, 1-0, 2.25 ERA), 7:10 p.m. ET

• Saturday: Brewers (RHP Tomo Ohka, 0-0, 1.29 ERA) at Mets (RHP Steve Trachsel, 1-0, 1.50 ERA), 1:10 p.m. ET

 

 

LETS GO METS

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Mets eye fifth straight win as Martinez faces Nationals

New York Mets (5-1) at Washington (2-6) 7:05 pm EDT

 

WASHINGTON (Ticker) - The New York Mets look a whole lot better off than they did at this point last season.

With four straight victories in tow, the Mets turn to Pedro Martinez in the second of a three-game set with the Washington Nationals on Wednesday.

 

New York opened last season, its first under manager Willie Randolph, with five straight losses en route to a third-place finish. After an active offseason that brought in a host of big names, the club has come together much quicker this time around and enters as the early leader in the National League East Division.

 

The Mets' four-game run began with a 10-5 win over the Nationals in which Martinez (1-0, 6.00 ERA) was involved in a dose of controversy. Never one to shy away from pitching inside, Martinez hit three batters, including Jose Guillen twice.

 

Guillen approached the mound after being hit the second time and both benches emptied. Washington first baseman Nick Johnson also was hit twice and New York catcher Paul Lo Duca was nailed in retaliation late.

 

No such fireworks were on display in the opener of the three-game series Tuesday as the Mets rolled to a 7-1 win. Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran both knocked in a pair of runs and rookie Brian Bannister continued to impress with seven stellar innings.

 

Losers of three straight, the Nationals give the ball to Tony Armas (0-1, 3.60), who allowed two runs in five innings of Friday's 6-1 loss to Houston.

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We look like a ball club right now. Extremely good defense, and great execution on offense. Getting out of jams, solid bullpen pitching, and taking advantage of oppurtunities given not to mention creating oppurtunities.

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We look like a ball club right now. Extremely good defense, and great execution on offense. Getting out of jams, solid bullpen pitching, and taking advantage of oppurtunities given not to mention creating oppurtunities.

So far this year... we have only trailed for a half of inning....

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