2006_09_smetslogo.jpg-Mets 7 Braves 4: This one soothed the soul. The Mets haven’t looked like much the past week, but Thursday night, El Duque reminded everyone why they are the best team in the NL. Hernandez pitched five innings allowing only an unearned run and showed why he will take the mound in Game One of the NLDS next week. Carlos Beltran added his 41st home run and Jose Reyes added his 64th steal in the win.

Further solidifying Hernandez's spot as the number 1 starter in the playoffs is the news that Pedro Martinez is out for the rest of the season, including the playoffs. Pedro was diagnosed with a torn tendon in his left calf with a recovery period of four to six weeks. Martinez's previous calf injury, which caused him to miss a month, was in his right leg. It seems like the Mets will have to go with a rotation of Hernandez, Tom Glavine, Steve Trachsel, and John Maine. That can't instill too much confidence for the Mets faithful. The good news for the Mets is that they've done plenty well without Martinez this season.

-Baltimore 7 Yankees 1: So much for the offense. One day after pounding the Orioles, an almost identical lineup, minus Jeter and A-Rod, was held to only one hit. Daniel Cabrera took a no-hitter 25 outs into the game before Robinson Cano singled to break it up. The loss leaves New York one game ahead of both the Twins and Tigers in the race for best record in the American League.