Inside Pitch: Mets limping home

After losing 6-3 Thursday at St. Louis, the Mets limp home this weekend after a disastrous 3-6 road trip to face the Yankees.

The Mets lost two of three each at Philadelphia, Milwaukee and St. Louis.

"We have to regroup at home," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "But we can't get wrapped up in the emotions (of the Yankees' series). We have to play the games."

In addition to the loss, the Mets also were hit with the news Brian Bannister aggravated his strained right hamstring and left his rehab assignment after throwing to only two hitters.

Bannister, pitching for Triple-A Norfolk against Toledo, felt something in his leg and left after throwing only five pitches.

Bannister will undergo an MRI exam Friday in New York.

REPLAY: Jose Lima lost his third straight start, giving up five runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings in a 6-3 loss at St. Louis.

Despite the loss, Lima is likely to remain in the rotation because Brian Bannister aggravated his strained right hamstring in a rehab start for Triple-A Norfolk.

NOTES, QUOTES

  • RHP Brian Bannister aggravated his strained right hamstring in a rehab start Thursday for Triple-A Norfolk. Bannister threw five pitches to two hitters and left after trying to cover a play at first when he experienced tightness. Bannister will undergo a MRI exam Friday in New York. There is no timetable for his return.

  • CF Carlos Beltran is sizzling with five homers and 13 RBIs in his last 12 games. Beltran hit his 10th homer of the season Thursday.

  • RHP Jose Lima lost his third straight start Thursday, giving up five runs in 4 2/3 innings at St. Louis, but he is expected to remain in the rotation because RHP Brian Bannister aggravated his hamstring injury during a rehab start for Triple-A Norfolk.

  • The Mets open the Shea Stadium portion of their Subway Series with the Yankees Friday night after a disastrous 3-6 road trip. "We'll have to regroup at home," Mets manager Willie Randolph said.

  • RHP Jeremi Gonzalez will make his second start of the season Friday night against the Yankees. Gonzalez is 1-2 with a 4.30 ERA in seven games lifetime against the Yankees.

    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 pitched in a minor league game on May 18, but had to leave after throwing only five pitches. He's scheduled for an MRI on May 19.

    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         .000     4     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .200    30     4     6     1     0     1     4     3
    Season            .256   176    31    45     8     5     3    20    14
    
    2. Jose Valentin, 2B
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .333     3     2     1     0     0     1     1     0
    Last 7 Games      .467    15     3     7     1     0     2     8     0
    Season            .279    43     4    12     1     0     2     9     0
    
    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      .154    26     3     4     0     0     2     7     1
    Season            .257   105    25    27     6     0    10    25     5
    
    4. Carlos Delgado, 1B
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .500     4     0     2     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .259    27     5     7     1     0     1     1     0
    Season            .288   153    28    44     5     0    13    29     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      .304    23     4     7     2     0     0     3     0
    Season            .307   150    22    46    11     2     5    25     7
    
    6. Cliff Floyd, LF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .333     3     0     1     1     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .250    24     3     6     2     0     0     0     0
    Season            .202   129    15    26     5     0     3    14     2
    
    7. Ramon Castro, C
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     4     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .105    19     1     2     1     0     0     0     0
    Season            .289    45     5    13     4     0     1     3     0
    
    8. Endy Chavez, RF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     4     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .250    12     1     3     1     0     0     0     0
    Season            .292    65     9    19     5     0     1     6     2
    
    9. Jose Lima, P
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 3 Games      .000     5     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .000     5     0     0     0     0     0     0     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
    
    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
    
    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
    
    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
    
    Kazuo Matsui, 2B
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .217    23     2     5     1     0     0     0     0
    Season            .244    90     7    22     5     0     1     5     2
    
    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
    
    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
    
    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
    
    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         9.00     0     0     0     1     1     1     1     0     1     1
    Last 3 Games      6.00     1     1     0     3     3     3     2     1     1     2
    Season            4.91     2     2     0    18  14.2    18     8     1     4    16
    
    Pedro Feliciano, 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     1
    Last 3 Games      0.00     0     0     0     3   2.2     1     0     0     0     3
    Season            0.73     0     0     0    13  12.1     9     1     0     2    11
    
    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         7.71     0     1     0     1   4.2     7     4     0     1     3
    Last 3 Games      8.79     0     3     0     3  14.1    18    14     2     8    10
    Season            8.79     0     3     0     3  14.1    18    14     2     8    10
    
    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         0.00     0     0     0     1     1     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 3 Games      5.07     0     0     0     3   5.1     5     3     2     1     6
    Season            4.07     1     0     0    12  17.2    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
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