Inside Pitch: Pitching the key

Victor Zambrano pitched six innings Monday.

If there was a surprise the first month of the season, Mets manager Willie Randolph said it is the pitching staff, which opened the season with significant concerns attached to each of the five starters.

Pedro Martinez appeared in two exhibition games in spring training because of an aching toe; Tom Glavine is 40; Steve Trachsel was coming off back surgery; Brian Bannister hadn't thrown a major-league pitch; and Victor Zambrano's career has been erratic.

Zambrano has been erratic, although he gave up one run in a solid six innings in Monday night's 2-1 victory over Washington. Bannister won his first two decisions before going on the disabled list last week with a strained hamstring.

Trachsel worked a staff-short 3 2/3 innings Sunday, but otherwise has been good. Glavine and Martinez have been superb.

"Our pitching," Randolph said of the biggest surprise of the young season. "I told them that we're not going to do anything unless we pitched well. Our starters have done a nice job and our bullpen has been much better."

REPLAY: Monday night, he was the good Victor.

Victor Zambrano's career has been one of inconsistency; decent one start and bad the next. He entered Monday night's start at 1-2 with a 9.64 ERA, but he gave up one run on five hits in six innings in the Mets' 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Zambrano's poor start led to speculation he might be dropped from the rotation, but that ended when Brian Bannister went on the disabled list last week with a strained right hamstring.

NOTES, QUOTES

  • RHP Victor Zambrano entered Monday's game with a 9.64 ERA, but pitched a solid six innings against Washington, giving up one run on five hits.

  • RHP John Maine will be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to start Tuesday night against Washington at Shea Stadium.

  • 1B Carlos Delgado hit his 10th homer of the season and 379th of his career Monday night, tying him with Hall of Famers Orlando Cepeda and Tony Perez for 54th place on the career list.

  • INF Julio Franco, 47, was given a taped tribute prior to Monday's game. On April 20, Franco became the oldest player to homer in a major league game.

  • LF Cliff Floyd is in a 4-for-31 slide that dropped his average to .198. Floyd has been taking extra batting practice and derives optimism from the fact that he has not struck out in 49 at-bats.

    ROSTER REPORT

    MEDICAL WATCH:
    RHP Juan Padilla is lost for the year with elbow surgery.

    2B Anderson Hernandez went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 18 due to a bulging disk in his back.

    CF Carlos Beltran missed eight days with hamstring tightness, but he was back in the starting lineup Saturday (April 29).

    RHP Brian Bannister suffered a strained right hamstring Wednesday (April 26) and was placed on the disabled list.

    Player Stats

    
    LINEUP
    
    1. Jose Reyes, SS
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .500     2     1     1     0     0     0     1     0
    Last 7 Games      .304    23     6     7     0     1     0     4     5
    Season            .250   100    21    25     4     3     1    12    11
    
    2. Kazuo Matsui, 2B
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     5     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .321    28     2     9     1     0     0     1     1
    Season            .297    37     3    11     1     0     1     2     1
    
    3. Carlos Beltran, CF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .250     4     1     1     0     0     1     2     0
    Last 7 Games      .263    19     4     5     2     0     2     3     0
    Season            .279    43    14    12     2     0     4    11     2
    
    4. Carlos Delgado, 1B
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     4     1     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .179    28     3     5     1     0     1     2     0
    Season            .298    94    18    28     3     0     9    20     0
    
    5. David Wright, 3B
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     3     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .250    28     4     7     2     0     2     5     1
    Season            .303    89    16    27     6     2     5    18     6
    
    6. Cliff Floyd, LF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .400     5     1     2     0     0     0     1     0
    Last 7 Games      .172    29     3     5     0     0     1     4     0
    Season            .195    77     8    15     3     0     2    11     2
    
    7. Ramon Castro, C
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .400     5     0     2     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 6 Games      .423    26     4    11     3     0     1     3     0
    Season            .423    26     4    11     3     0     1     3     0
    
    8. Endy Chavez, RF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .500     4     1     2     0     0     1     1     0
    Last 7 Games      .346    26     3     9     1     0     1     4     2
    Season            .255    47     6    12     2     0     1     5     2
    
    9. Steve Trachsel, P
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 5 Games      .222     9     1     2     1     0     0     1     0
    Season            .222     9     1     2     1     0     0     1     0
    
    
    OTHER ROSTER PLAYERS
    
    Brian Bannister, P
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .667     3     1     2     2     0     0     2     0
    Last 5 Games      .400    10     2     4     3     0     0     2     0
    Season            .400    10     2     4     3     0     0     2     0
    
    Victor Diaz, LF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 6 Games      .182    11     0     2     1     0     0     2     0
    Season            .182    11     0     2     1     0     0     2     0
    
    Pedro Feliciano, 
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 6 Games      .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    
    Julio Franco, 
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .429     7     2     3     0     0     1     4     1
    Season            .333    12     2     4     0     0     1     4     1
    
    Tom Glavine, P
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 6 Games      .375     8     0     3     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .375     8     0     3     0     0     0     0     0
    
    Anderson Hernandez, 2B
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     3     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .136    22     1     3     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .146    41     1     6     0     0     0     0     0
    
    Jorge Julio, 
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    
    Paul Lo Duca, C
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .500     4     1     2     0     0     1     1     0
    Last 7 Games      .233    30     2     7     1     0     1     3     0
    Season            .306    72     9    22     5     0     1     7     1
    
    Pedro Martinez, P
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     3     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 5 Games      .083    12     0     1     0     0     0     1     0
    Season            .083    12     0     1     0     0     0     1     0
    
    Xavier Nady, RF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .250     4     0     1     0     0     0     0     1
    Last 7 Games      .258    31     2     8     1     0     2     3     1
    Season            .311    90    12    28     6     0     6    11     1
    
    Darren Oliver, 
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .500     2     1     1     0     0     0     2     0
    Season            .500     2     1     1     0     0     0     2     0
    
    Duaner Sanchez, 
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .000     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    
    Jose Valentin, LF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game        1.000     1     0     1     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .333     6     0     2     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .136    22     0     3     0     0     0     0     0
    
    Chris Woodward, SS
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .500     2     1     1     1     0     0     1     0
    Last 7 Games      .261    23     2     6     1     0     1     6     1
    Season            .250    24     2     6     1     0     1     6     1
    
    Victor Zambrano, P
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 3 Games      .000     4     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .000     4     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    
    
    PITCHERS
    
    Brian Bannister, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         5.40     0     0     0     1     5     7     3     0     2     1
    Last 3 Games      3.00     1     0     0     3    15    17     5     0    13     9
    Season            2.89     2     0     0     5    28    22     9     2    17    14
    
    Chad Bradford, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1   0.1     1     0     0     1     0
    Last 3 Games      3.86     0     0     0     3   2.1     4     1     0     1     3
    Season            2.35     0     1     0    10   7.2     9     2     0     1    11
    
    Pedro Feliciano, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1   0.2     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 3 Games      3.86     0     0     0     3   2.1     2     1     0     0     2
    Season            1.50     0     0     0     6     6     6     1     0     1     4
    
    Tom Glavine, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         0.00     1     0     0     1     7     4     0     0     2     1
    Last 3 Games      2.95     1     2     0     3  21.1    14     7     2     7    10
    Season            2.29     3     2     0     6  39.1    31    10     2    13    31
    
    Aaron Heilman, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1     1     0     0     0     0     2
    Last 3 Games      2.45     0     0     0     3   3.2     3     1     0     2     6
    Season            2.63     0     0     0    12  13.2    13     4     0     5    14
    
    Jorge Julio, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         9.00     0     0     0     1     2     2     2     1     1     5
    Last 3 Games      3.60     0     0     0     3     5     3     2     1     3    11
    Season            7.71     0     1     0    10  11.2    15    10     4     5    22
    
    Pedro Martinez, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         2.57     1     0     0     1     7     4     2     1     1     5
    Last 3 Games      2.61     3     0     0     3  20.2    12     6     3     5    24
    Season            2.94     5     0     0     5  33.2    19    11     5    11    33
    
    Darren Oliver, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1   1.1     1     0     0     1     1
    Last 3 Games      0.00     1     0     0     3   3.2     2     0     0     3     3
    Season            2.61     1     0     0     8  10.1     8     3     2     3    11
    
    Duaner Sanchez, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1     1     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 3 Games      0.00     0     0     0     3     4     3     0     0     1     2
    Season            0.00     1     0     0    11    16     7     0     0     6    13
    
    Steve Trachsel, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game        14.71     0     1     0     1   3.2     8     6     0     5     1
    Last 3 Games      5.17     1     1     0     3  15.2    17     9     1     9     6
    Season            4.72     2     2     0     5  26.2    29    14     2    11    16
    
    Billy Wagner, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         0.00     0     0     1     1     1     1     0     0     0     1
    Last 3 Games      0.00     0     0     2     3     3     5     0     1     0     7
    Season            0.69     1     0     7    12    13     8     1     2     5    15
    
    Victor Zambrano, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game        11.25     0     1     0     1     4     7     5     2     3     1
    Last 3 Games      9.64     1     2     0     3    14    20    15     5     9     8
    Season            9.64     1     2     0     3    14    20    15     5     9     8
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