Thursday, March 12, 2009

Mets Pitching Woes Contine; Santana and Redding Bombed

MARLINS 16
METS 8

There is not much to be proud of in Metland right now. People around the team will try to pump up Johan Santana's first start of the spring as an encouraging sign, but the fact remains that the ace was not sharp in his two and two-thirds innings against the Flordia Marlins.

After an easy first inning, Santana labored. He served up a solo home run to Dan Uggla in the second inning and surrenderd three hits and two runs in the third inning before being removed for Matt DeSalvo. Santana was not overpowering. The only comfort the Mets can take out of the lackluster outing is that Santana went through the game pain free.

However, the Mets battle for the fifth spot in the rotation remains muddled. Tim Redding got absolutely destroyed by the Marlins. In two innnings Redding gave up eight hits and nine runs to the Fish. Three of which were for home runs. Redding gave up five runs to the University of Michigan in just a third of an inning earlier in the week.

Redding has now surrendered 14 earned runs in just two and a third innings, which amounts to a ERA of 54.00. Not exactly what the doctor ordered.

The Mets now need to be concerned and must reconsider their stance on free agent Pedro Martinez and bring him back. Nobody is pitching well for the Mets right now.

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