Inside Pitch: Lo Duca likes the pressure

When the Mets traded for Paul Lo Duca over the winter, they thought they were getting a solid defensive catcher with ability to spray the ball to all fields and advance runners.

He has far exceeded those modest expectations, and twice in the last week, he's delivered a game-winning hit for the struggling Mets.

On Saturday, he homered in the eighth inning off Milwaukee closer Derrick Turnbow to give the Mets a 9-8 victory, and on Tuesday, his seventh-inning double off Jeff Suppan drove in what proved to be the winning run in an 8-3 victory at St. Louis.

"I want to be up in that situation," said Lo Duca.

"We've been struggling a bit with runners in scoring position."

REPLAY: Mets manager Willie Randolph called Wednesday's 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals a waste.

"Any time you have opportunities like that you have to take advantage of them," Randolph said of the Mets squandering a sterling outing from Steve Trachsel (one run in seven innings), and not coming through in the ninth inning when they had the bases loaded with one out.

The Mets needed a win behind Trachsel Wednesday night, because they have Jose Lima and Jeremi Gonzalez going for them Thursday in the series finale in St. Louis and Friday against the Yankees at Shea Stadium.

NOTES, QUOTES

  • LF Cliff Floyd was back in the starting lineup Wednesday after getting two hits the previous night. "I won't say that I'm there," said Floyd, who sat out the Saturday and Sunday games at Milwaukee because he was slumping, "but I feel a little better. If I keep swinging like that, I'll be all right."

  • RHP Brian Bannister will make a rehab start Thursday for Triple-A Norfolk against Toledo. Bannister threw 83 pitches in a simulated game last Saturday. Barring complications, Bannister could conceivably pitch next Wednesday against Philadelphia.

  • RHP Jeremi Gonzalez will make his second start since being brought up from Triple-A Norfolk on Friday against the Yankees. Gonzalez is 1-2 with a 4.30 ERA lifetime in seven appearances against the Yankees while pitching for Tampa Bay and Boston.

  • Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon was is in St. Louis for the series to study the Cardinals' new park and talk with club officials about any operating problems in the new Busch Stadium. The fact-finding trip is to prepare him for when construction of the Mets' new park begins this summer.

    MEDICAL WATCH:

    RHP Juan Padilla, who needed elbow surgery in spring training, is lost for the year.

    RHP Victor Zambrano went on the 60-day disabled list May 7 with a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. Surgery was performed May 15, but was much more extensive then expected, as Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek removed bone spurs from the elbow, repaired a torn tendon and performed "Tommy John" surgery to repair a torn ligament. The surgery was successful, and Zambrano is out for the season. He might not be ready in time for spring training.

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

    RHP Brian Bannister went on the 15-day disabled list April 27 with a strained right hamstring. He will start pitching in a minor league rehab assignment on May 18.

    RHP John Maine went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 3 with inflammation in his right middle finger.

    Player Stats

    
    LINEUP
    
    1. Jose Reyes, SS
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .250     4     0     1     1     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .250    32     6     8     1     0     2     6     3
    Season            .262   172    31    45     8     5     3    20    14
    
    2. Paul Lo Duca, C
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .333     3     0     1     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .286    28     5     8     3     0     1     5     0
    Season            .289   121    18    35    10     0     3    13     1
    
    3. Carlos Beltran, CF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .185    27     3     5     2     0     1     7     1
    Season            .257   101    24    26     6     0     9    23     5
    
    4. Carlos Delgado, 1B
                        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     6     7     1     0     1     2     0
    Season            .282   149    28    42     5     0    13    29     0
    
    5. David Wright, 3B
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .500     4     0     2     1     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .360    25     5     9     2     0     0     3     0
    Season            .313   147    22    46    11     2     5    25     7
    
    6. Cliff Floyd, LF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     4     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .250    24     4     6     1     0     0     0     0
    Season            .198   126    15    25     4     0     3    14     2
    
    7. Xavier Nady, RF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .286    21     5     6     1     0     0     3     0
    Season            .287   136    20    39     8     0     8    20     1
    
    8. Kazuo Matsui, 2B
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     3     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .231    26     2     6     1     0     0     0     0
    Season            .247    89     7    22     5     0     1     5     2
    
    9. Steve Trachsel, P
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .167    12     0     2     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .200    15     1     3     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
    
    Ramon Castro, C
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .250     4     0     1     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .200    20     1     4     1     0     0     0     0
    Season            .317    41     5    13     4     0     1     3     0
    
    Endy Chavez, RF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .333     9     1     3     1     0     0     0     0
    Season            .311    61     9    19     5     0     1     6     2
    
    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
    
    Julio Franco, 1B
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .100    10     1     1     0     0     0     1     0
    Season            .227    22     3     5     0     0     1     5     1
    
    Tom Glavine, P
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     1     1     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .364    11     3     4     1     0     0     2     0
    Season            .462    13     3     6     1     0     0     2     0
    
    Jeremi Gonzalez, P
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     2     1     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 1 Games      .000     2     1     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .000     2     1     0     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     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    
    Jose Lima, P
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 2 Games      .000     3     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .000     3     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    
    John Maine, P
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 1 Games      .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    
    Pedro Martinez, P
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .067    15     0     1     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .118    17     0     2     0     0     0     1     0
    
    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      .333     3     0     1     1     0     0     0     0
    Season            .500     4     1     2     1     0     0     2     0
    
    Jose Valentin, LF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .462    13     1     6     1     0     1     7     0
    Season            .275    40     2    11     1     0     1     8     0
    
    Chris Woodward, SS
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     2     1     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .333     9     1     3     1     0     0     0     0
    Season            .265    34     3     9     2     0     1     6     1
    
    Victor Zambrano, P
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 5 Games      .000     5     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .000     5     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
    
    Heath Bell, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game        18.00     0     0     0     1     1     4     2     0     0     1
    Last 2 Games     13.50     0     0     0     2     2     7     3     0     0     3
    Season           13.50     0     0     0     2     2     7     3     0     0     3
    
    Chad Bradford, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         6.77     0     1     0     1   1.1     2     1     1     0     0
    Last 3 Games      9.00     1     1     0     3     2     3     2     1     0     1
    Season            4.61     2     2     0    17  13.2    17     7     1     3    15
    
    Pedro Feliciano, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1   0.1     0     0     0     0     1
    Last 3 Games      0.00     0     0     0     3     3     2     0     0     0     3
    Season            0.82     0     0     0    12    11     9     1     0     2    10
    
    Bartolome Fortunato, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game        54.14     0     0     0     1   1.1     6     8     1     2     0
    Last 2 Games     27.00     1     0     0     2     3     7     9     2     2     0
    Season           27.00     1     0     0     2     3     7     9     2     2     0
    
    Tom Glavine, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         4.50     1     0     0     1     6     7     3     0     1     2
    Last 3 Games      2.70     3     0     0     3    20    14     6     2     5    16
    Season            2.43     6     2     0     9  59.1    45    16     4    18    47
    
    Jeremi Gonzalez, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         5.40     0     0     0     1     5     5     3     2     0     4
    Last 1 Games      5.40     0     0     0     1     5     5     3     2     0     4
    Season            5.40     0     0     0     1     5     5     3     2     0     4
    
    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     0
    Last 3 Games      0.00     0     1     0     3   3.2     4     0     0     1     3
    Season            1.69     0     1     0    17  21.1    18     4     0     6    20
    
    Jorge Julio, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1     1     1     0     0     1     0
    Last 3 Games      3.00     0     0     1     3     3     4     1     0     2     2
    Season            5.40     1     1     1    16  18.1    20    11     4     8    30
    
    Jose Lima, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         9.64     0     1     0     1   4.2     4     5     1     3     2
    Last 2 Games      9.31     0     2     0     2   9.2    11    10     2     7     7
    Season            9.31     0     2     0     2   9.2    11    10     2     7     7
    
    John Maine, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         6.75     0     1     0     1   5.1     6     4     1     2     6
    Last 1 Games      6.75     0     1     0     1   5.1     6     4     1     2     6
    Season            6.75     0     1     0     1   5.1     6     4     1     2     6
    
    Pedro Martinez, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         5.14     0     0     0     1     7     4     4     2     2    10
    Last 3 Games      3.60     0     0     0     3    20    11     8     3     5    29
    Season            3.19     5     0     0     8  53.2    30    19     8    16    62
    
    Darren Oliver, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game        27.27     0     0     0     1   0.1     1     1     1     0     0
    Last 3 Games      7.11     0     0     0     3   6.1     7     5     3     1     6
    Season            4.32     1     0     0    11  16.2    15     8     5     4    17
    
    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     2     0
    Last 3 Games      0.00     0     0     0     3     3     1     0     0     2     0
    Season            1.78     1     0     0    20  25.1    14     5     2    10    18
    
    Steve Trachsel, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         1.29     0     1     0     1     7     4     1     0     3     2
    Last 3 Games      3.71     0     2     0     3    17    19     7     1     6     9
    Season            4.33     2     4     0     8  43.2    48    21     3    17    25
    
    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     3
    Last 3 Games      2.25     0     0     1     3     4     3     1     1     1     7
    Season            1.89     2     0     8    17    19    13     4     3     8    25
    
    Victor Zambrano, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1   1.1     0     0     0     0     3
    Last 3 Games      4.77     0     1     0     3  11.1    12     6     2     5     8
    Season            6.75     1     2     0     5  21.1    25    16     5    11    15