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Thursday, September 28, 2006

NL wide open again

So much for the New York Mets being the runaway favorite to represent the National League in the World Series.

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.


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