Game 1: Pirates 5, Mets 3
Pedro Martinez's line from Game 1:
IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST GS 3.0 6 4 4 1 4 0 68-46 34Pedro makes his return from a month-long stint on the disabled list and he looked pretty rusty. The strikeouts were there, but six hits, many of them hard, are too many for three innings of work. Pedro must have thought so, too, as he was almost driven to tears in the dugout after being removed from the game.
- Hitting: Cliff Floyd, 8.7% WPA
- Pitching: Heath Bell, 2.2% WPA
- Hitting: Shawn Green, -14.2% WPA
- Pitching: Pedro Martinez, -21.1%
Game 2: Pirates 3, Mets 2
Orlando Hernandez's line from Game 2:
IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST GS 7.0 6 2 2 1 7 1 113-74 63Another day, another impressive start from El Duque. Hernandez has picked a good time to pitch some of his best baseball as a Met, hurling three consecutive 60+ game score outings and posting a 1.86 ERA in September. He always has the potential to throw a real stinker in there, but right now he's looking like a pretty good bet to start one of the first three games of the LDS.
- Hitting: Shawn Green, 14.1% WPA
- Pitching: Orlando Hernandez, 23.2% WPA
- Hitting: Cliff Floyd, -12.3% WPA
- Pitching: Aaron Heilman, -35.1% WPA
Game 3: Pirates 3, Mets 0
John Maine's line from Game 3:
IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST GS 6.0 6 2 2 3 6 0 106-66 55While not his best outing, Maine pitched well enough to keep the Mets in the game. For the fifth time in six starts, Maine allowed just two earned runs, and for the first time in seven starts he didn't allow a homerun. The longball has been Maine's biggest problem this year, as he has surrendered 14 big flies in just 79 innings. All it takes is to watch him pitch once and you see why: he throws hard and he throws the ball up in the zone. Maine is an extreme flyball pitcher, allowing .84 groundballs for every flyball this season (the NL average is 1.22). With enough innings, that mark would be the fourth-highest ratio in the league, trailing only Chris Young (0.48!), Eric Milton (0.63) and Matt Cain (0.81). Even flyball machine Steve Trachsel gives up fewer flyballs than groundballs (1.07).
- Hitting: Paul Lo Duca, 6.3% WPA
- Pitching: John Maine, 4.3% WPA
- Hitting: Jose Reyes, -15.3% WPA
- Pitching: Chad Bradford, -4.1