2006_03_smetslogo.jpgThere was no repeat of last week's game by Pedro Martinez against the Washington Nationals. In that game, he hit a career high three batters in the game. Last night, Martinez had command of his pitches, allowing only three hits and one walk in seven innings. The lone run came on a solo home run by Jose Vidro in the 4th inning. The Mets 3-1 win, their 5th in a row, was not a beanball-fest, but another impressive performance by Mets pitching.

The biggest stop for Pedro came in the 6th inning when he pitched out of a bases loaded jam. With nobody out, Martinez struck out Vidro and to end the inning, induced a double play ball from Jose Guillen to end the inning. The double play, skillfully turned by Jose Reyes and Anderson Hernandez (Matsui, who?), was essentially the end of the game for the Nationals. Aaron Heilman and Billy Wagner both pitched an inning to finish the game. Wagner picked up his second save of the season and his first since opening day against the Nationals.

While Xavier Nady has cooled since his sizzling start and Cliff Floyd has struggled, the Mets still managed to do well at the plate because of David Wright. In addition to Wright's 2-4 day at the plate, the Mets also got good games from their two Carloses. Beltran and Delgado both had two hits and one RBI on the day.

The Mets go for the series sweep this afternoon with Victor Zambrano making his first start of the season against Livan Hernandez.

In other Mets news, the organization has launched a Ticket Marketplace on Mets.com where season ticket holders can hawk their tickets to anybody that pays the $50 registration fee. Membership is free to season ticket and ticket plan holders. The press release says, "premium Club and Box seat categories can post their seats for resale on a single game basis." Seems like a good idea, but for Gothamist the $50 charge seems a bit steep - especially with sites like eBay and craigslist. Then again, you do get the assurance that the tickets you buy are real.