Game #1 wrap/Phillies 6, Mets 2: Martinez’s tank on empty.

Jerry Manuel went out of his way not to throw Pedro Martinez under the bus, but said enough to let it be known there’s not much left in his tank.

“With a couple of plays there, he might not have given up as many runs,’’ Manuel said. “He could have gotten out of there with maybe three runs.’’

Fine, that’s a 3-2 loss.

Manuel said Martinez’s velocity was better, but it still isn’t where it should be.

“I think this is what he has,’’ Manuel said of Martinez’s stuff. “I think he’s able to pitch with what he has. I think his instincts are enough at the major league level where he can complete.’’

 Maybe so, but that’s also if the defense is there and the offense produces something.

“With two runs in 18 innings, we wouldn’t be able to beat anybody,’’ Manuel said.

Boil it down and Manuel is saying everything has to be perfect for Martinez to win, and who’s comfortable with that?

4 thoughts on “Game #1 wrap/Phillies 6, Mets 2: Martinez’s tank on empty.

  1. I hope I’m wrong but this team is done. Another September collapse. Johan Santana is not going to save the day. He is not that good. This is basically the same team as last year. it’s time for Omar to make serious changes in the make up of this team. I said this a while ago and I will say it to the end.

  2. tomg: You won’t get much of an argument from me. The Mets could hold on and win this thing, but there’s a lot of work that needs to be done.-JD

  3. Pedro sucks! He has nothing left…plain and simple. Coming into this series I felt Fri nite would be the decider, and I really felt the matchup favored us, but Myers pitched well, and David Wright continues to choke, so there you have it.

    Sun nite I felt we could win, because I felt when the chips were down, Santana would earn his keep over Hamels.

    It’s that middle game that I was basically conceding, because…face it…who has any confidence in Pedro? He throws meatballs up there. If this team makes the playoffs, he CANNOT be allowed to pitch…I wouldn’t even let him on the post season roster…it’s a waste of a spot. The guy goes barely 5 innings a start, and you end up tiring the pen.

  4. The difference between this year and last is that we currently have 3 pitchers who are holding their own: Johan/BigPelf/Ollie.

    No one was really doing much in Sep last year except dare I say it TomG.