New York, NY —
Pedro Martinez will miss the rest of the season and postseason.
When he's healthy, the Mets pitcher is one of the most dominant starters in baseball. But Martinez has struggled with injuries all year... starting with a toe in Spring training, a hip midseason, and lately a strained right calf. So it came as a surprise when an MRI revealed yesterday that his left calf is torn and will need 4-6 weeks to heal. That means he won't have a chance to pitch for the Mets this postseason. Instead, Orlando El Duque Hernandez will start the Mets playoff opener next week and Tom Glavine will throw in Game Two. Glavine not having Pedro is bad news, but that news removes a "cloud of uncertainty" that been hanging over the team.
Meanwhile, the Yankees have their own concerns about their number one starter. Back spasms will prevent Randy Johnson from making what was to be last regular season start tomorrow. Still, with the exception of last night, when they were nearly no-hit by the Orioles, the Yankees lineup seems more than capable of picking up any struggling pitcher.
And it was Robinson Cano who broke up that no-hit bid by the Orioles Daniel Cabrera. The Yankees lost 7-1.
The Mets finally scored some runs. They beat the Braves, 7-4.