So why the lack of recent posts, you ask?
Well, much like a confused Anthony Soprano in Costa Mesa, I have found myself in Baseball Purgatory since the Mets clinched the division some 10 days ago. Caught between a raucous regular season and the excitement and promise of the first post-season in 6 years, I've probably watched no more than 7 innings of the last 8 games combined. Of course, it didn't help that (last night aside) the Mets had been playing absolutely putrid baseball. Nor did it help that they were not just losing games, but getting smushed. Finally, I just got tired of hearing endless blathering guessing-games about Pedro Martinez. Will he? Won't he? Can he? Should he? I just couldn't take it any longer.
Luckily, that's all over now. The answer to each of the above questions is now officially: No, yes, no, and no. Petey is done, finished, kaput. But are the Mets done as well?
Two schools of thought here: For a good month now, all I've heard is that the Mets need a healthy Pedro to win in the postseason. There is some credence to that. Even with Pedro, their starting pitching is razor-thin. And in the playoffs, they won't get to feast against the Colorados, Arizonas, Cincinnatis, and Pittsburghs (um, ok, bad example there) of the world. So, yes, this is a big blow.
But please consider the other school of thought:
(1) The Mets have 94 wins. Pedro has 9. The Mets are 11-12 in his starts. What does all of this mean? Do the math, hotshot. The Mets have won without him.
(2) At this point it looks like the Dodgers are a likely first round opponent. Pedro gave up 6 ER in 5 innings against them in a loss back in June. In fact, that was the Mets' only loss in their historic 9-1 road trip. By the way, throw out that game and the Mets went 4-2 against LA this year.
(3) Potential NLCS opponents? He didn't face Houston or St. Louis this year, yet the Mets somehow managed to go 4-2 and 4-2 against them, respectively. He did beat San Diego twice, but if that's the only lineup that stands between us and the World Series, I don't think Pedro will be needed.
(4) Philly looks just about dead, but just for fun, Petey lost to Philly twice, including an absurd 1-inning outing back on August 14, in which he gave up 6 ER. Throw out those two losses and the Mets went 11-6 against Philly this year.
(5) Pedro v. the Yankees? Shudder. Enough said.
Thus, I refuse to start sobbing here. No Pedro is much better than ineffective, gimpy Pedro. Let's all take a deep breath and move forward.
And if the bats could start to wake the fuck up, that would be nice, too.
See ya next week!