2006_04_smetslogo.jpg-Marlins 5 Mets 2: It was a better effort from Pedro, but with only one start left for him before the playoffs, Mets’ fans should be worried. Martinez struck out seven, but tired in the fifth inning and ended up taking the loss. He threw only 87 pitches before leaving, a figure that will not allow him to pitch very deep into any game. The question is, can he regain his stamina before the playoffs start? Whatever the answer, with the Cardinals loss last night, the Mets are assured of home field advantage until the World Series.

-Giambi gets another cortisone shot in his wrist. The Yankees are hopeful that the injection and some rest will allow him to heal before the playoffs. In the interim, expect Gary Sheffield to make his debut at first tomorrow night in Tampa.