(moved from diaries --eric)
EL Duque has a partial tear of his calf muscle and has been left off the NLDS roster. Oliver Perez will take his place in the rotation. Also, Mike DiFelice has been removed from the roster in favor of Royce Ring. John Maine will start Game 1 today at Shea.
Personally, I would have rather seen Dave Williams on the roster over Oliver Perez or Royce Ring. Williams has been more consistent since joining the Mets and can give you versatility by coming out of the bullpen that Perez can't really do.
I'm confident having Maine on the mound today to start the series. I love the way he pitches and the way he isn't afraid to challenge hitters even when he falls behind. That makes me think he is up to the challenge of starting games in the playoffs. I think we can get by in the NLDS with Maine and Glavine starting Games 1 and 2 and if the right Trachsel shows up for Game 3 we'll be ok. However, if we do get by LA and reach the NLCS, we are gonna need El Duque back.
Either way, it will still be the most fun I've had watching baseball in October since 2000. Let's keep our fingers crossed and Lets go Mets!