NL wide open again
Thursday afternoon the Mets learned they likely will be without "ace" Pedro Martinez for the first round of postseason play.
True, New York won the East in a runaway with little statistical contribution from Martinez (9 wins, 4-plus ERA) but a healthy Martinez in October -- even at his advancing age and declining health -- would be a tone-setter for a short series. That, along with a proven No. 1 starter who's not eligible for AARP benefits, is something the Mets sorely need.
And, apparently, now it's something they will be without.