The Mets will send Kaz Ishii against Houston's Roger Clemens on Wednesday.
For Clemens, it will be his first start at Shea Stadium since June 15, 2002 when he allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings as a member of the Yankees. At that time, the Mets were still angry with Clemens for beaning Mike Piazza in the 2000 World Series.
In an embarrassing attempt at vengeance, Mets starter Shawn Estes threw at Clemens but the pitch sailed wide of the Rocket's ample behind.
"I don't know anything about that," Ishii said. "I'm just worried about the Houston hitters. It's an honor for me to pitch against a player like Clemens."
C Mike Piazza is one of the few players who is looking forward to facing Houston RHP Roger Clemens on Wednesday. Piazza is 8 for 16 with four home runs against Clemens in his career. Piazza has started the season 3 for 20 with one RBI.
The Mets bullpen has a 7.47 ERA and opponents are hitting .289 against it. Other than RHP Roberto Hernandez, who has pitched 3.1 hitless innings, the relievers have been shaky.
OF Cliff Floyd, a left-handed hitter, has hit both of his home runs this season against left-handed pitchers. "That's a sign I'm going pretty good," he said. "When I'm good, the lefty thing doesn't bother me, it's like facing anybody else."
OF Carlos Beltran has hit safely in six of his seven games with the Mets and has six RBI. "It's nice to get off to a good start but I know I can do better," he said. "I'm getting used to everything."