2006_04_smetslogo.jpgLima Time didn't go so well, but that's okay for Mets fans because for the 2nd weekend series in a row, they took 2 of 3 from the Braves. Lima wasn't good in his 5 inning appearance, allowing 5 funs over 5 innings, but Bartolome Fortunato was just plain bad. Fortunato allowed a stunning 8 runs (all earned) in 1 1/3 innings. The end result was a 13-3 whooping by the Braves.

Perhaps the biggest surprise from the Mets for Gothamist all season isn't their great start, which is very impressive, but the play of Kaz Matsui. We expected him to kick the ball around the infield and kill the team with his bat in key situations. While he's only hitting .254, Matsui only has one error and has actually made good plays in the field. If he can keep up in the field, we would almost argue that he should stay at 2nd even when Anderson Hernandez comes off the DL.

The bigger problem facing the Mets is their starting pitching. Victor Zambrano, who tore his flexor tendon on Saturday, needs season ending surgery and has possibly seen his last days with the Mets. Brian Bannister, who helped the Mets to their hot start, is on the DL as is John Maine, his replacement. So whether Lima Time was good on Sunday or not, it could be here to stay for a little while. No news on whether Lima will be singing the national anthem with his wife by his side, but Omar Minaya has ruled out Aaron Heilman and Mike Pelfrey to move into the starting rotation.

And please, no mentions of a certain pitcher in Tampa.