Inside Pitch: One month down

The Mets ended the first month of the season at 16-8, tying them for the club record for victories in April with the 2002 team.

After Sunday's 8-5 loss to Atlanta, they hold a six-game lead over the Braves in the National League East.

"But it's pretty much meaningless until the end of the season," closer Billy Wagner said.

The message manager Willie Randolph is hammering home to his players is they haven't won anything yet.

"There is so much more baseball left to be played," Randolph said. "What have we done? We've just played good for a month.

"It can turn around very quickly."

REPLAY: It begins with pitching, and also ends with it. Steve Trachsel gave up six runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings, the shortest outing of any Mets starter this season, in Sunday's 8-5 loss at Atlanta.

The Mets won two of three during the series, and they concluded their 10-game road trip at 6-4 and with a six-game lead over the Braves in the National League East.

NOTES, QUOTES

  • RF Xavier Nady did not play Sunday, but he is expected to be in the lineup Monday against Washington. Manager Willie Randolph said he wanted to give Nady a rest. A reserve throughout is career, Nady has to learn to pace himself physically for a whole season. "I'm not complaining," Nady said.

  • The Mets have not named a starter for Tuesday's game against Washington, but speculation is RHP John Maine will be brought up from Triple-A Norfolk.

  • 2B Kaz Matsui was hitless Sunday for the first time this season. He had hit in eight straight games after he was activated from the disabled list. Manager Willie Randolph said if the Mets keep playing well and Matsui performs as he had been, he'd remain a starter when Anderson Hernandez (back) is activated from the disabled list.

  • SS Jose Reyes was caught stealing Sunday, just the third time this season a Mets player was thrown out in 31 attempts.

  • 1B Carlos Delgado homered nine times in April, tying him for the club mark set by Dave Kingman in 1976.

  • CF Carlos Beltran, who sat out eight days with a strained hamstring, was back in the starting lineup Saturday. He homered Sunday.

    ROSTER REPORT

    MEDICAL WATCH:
    RHP Juan Padilla is lost for the year with elbow surgery.

    2B Anderson Hernandez went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 18 due to a bulging disk in his back.

    CF Carlos Beltran missed eight days with hamstring tightness, but he was back in the starting lineup Saturday (April 29).

    RHP Brian Bannister suffered a strained right hamstring Wednesday (April 26) and was placed on the disabled list.

    Player Stats

    
    LINEUP
    
    1. Jose Reyes, SS
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .500     2     1     1     0     0     0     1     0
    Last 7 Games      .304    23     6     7     0     1     0     4     5
    Season            .250   100    21    25     4     3     1    12    11
    
    2. Kazuo Matsui, 2B
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     5     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .321    28     2     9     1     0     0     1     1
    Season            .297    37     3    11     1     0     1     2     1
    
    3. Carlos Beltran, CF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .250     4     1     1     0     0     1     2     0
    Last 7 Games      .263    19     4     5     2     0     2     3     0
    Season            .279    43    14    12     2     0     4    11     2
    
    4. Carlos Delgado, 1B
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     4     1     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .179    28     3     5     1     0     1     2     0
    Season            .298    94    18    28     3     0     9    20     0
    
    5. David Wright, 3B
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     3     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .250    28     4     7     2     0     2     5     1
    Season            .303    89    16    27     6     2     5    18     6
    
    6. Cliff Floyd, LF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .400     5     1     2     0     0     0     1     0
    Last 7 Games      .172    29     3     5     0     0     1     4     0
    Season            .195    77     8    15     3     0     2    11     2
    
    7. Ramon Castro, C
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .400     5     0     2     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 6 Games      .423    26     4    11     3     0     1     3     0
    Season            .423    26     4    11     3     0     1     3     0
    
    8. Endy Chavez, RF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .500     4     1     2     0     0     1     1     0
    Last 7 Games      .346    26     3     9     1     0     1     4     2
    Season            .255    47     6    12     2     0     1     5     2
    
    9. Steve Trachsel, P
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 5 Games      .222     9     1     2     1     0     0     1     0
    Season            .222     9     1     2     1     0     0     1     0
    
    
    OTHER ROSTER PLAYERS
    
    Brian Bannister, P
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .667     3     1     2     2     0     0     2     0
    Last 5 Games      .400    10     2     4     3     0     0     2     0
    Season            .400    10     2     4     3     0     0     2     0
    
    Victor Diaz, LF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 6 Games      .182    11     0     2     1     0     0     2     0
    Season            .182    11     0     2     1     0     0     2     0
    
    Pedro Feliciano, 
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 6 Games      .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    
    Julio Franco, 
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .429     7     2     3     0     0     1     4     1
    Season            .333    12     2     4     0     0     1     4     1
    
    Tom Glavine, P
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 6 Games      .375     8     0     3     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .375     8     0     3     0     0     0     0     0
    
    Anderson Hernandez, 2B
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     3     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .136    22     1     3     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .146    41     1     6     0     0     0     0     0
    
    Jorge Julio, 
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    
    Paul Lo Duca, C
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .500     4     1     2     0     0     1     1     0
    Last 7 Games      .233    30     2     7     1     0     1     3     0
    Season            .306    72     9    22     5     0     1     7     1
    
    Pedro Martinez, P
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     3     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 5 Games      .083    12     0     1     0     0     0     1     0
    Season            .083    12     0     1     0     0     0     1     0
    
    Xavier Nady, RF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .250     4     0     1     0     0     0     0     1
    Last 7 Games      .258    31     2     8     1     0     2     3     1
    Season            .311    90    12    28     6     0     6    11     1
    
    Darren Oliver, 
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .500     2     1     1     0     0     0     2     0
    Season            .500     2     1     1     0     0     0     2     0
    
    Duaner Sanchez, 
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .000     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    
    Jose Valentin, LF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game        1.000     1     0     1     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .333     6     0     2     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .136    22     0     3     0     0     0     0     0
    
    Chris Woodward, SS
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .500     2     1     1     1     0     0     1     0
    Last 7 Games      .261    23     2     6     1     0     1     6     1
    Season            .250    24     2     6     1     0     1     6     1
    
    Victor Zambrano, P
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 3 Games      .000     4     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .000     4     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    
    
    PITCHERS
    
    Brian Bannister, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         5.40     0     0     0     1     5     7     3     0     2     1
    Last 3 Games      3.00     1     0     0     3    15    17     5     0    13     9
    Season            2.89     2     0     0     5    28    22     9     2    17    14
    
    Chad Bradford, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1   0.1     1     0     0     1     0
    Last 3 Games      3.86     0     0     0     3   2.1     4     1     0     1     3
    Season            2.35     0     1     0    10   7.2     9     2     0     1    11
    
    Pedro Feliciano, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1   0.2     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 3 Games      3.86     0     0     0     3   2.1     2     1     0     0     2
    Season            1.50     0     0     0     6     6     6     1     0     1     4
    
    Tom Glavine, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         0.00     1     0     0     1     7     4     0     0     2     1
    Last 3 Games      2.95     1     2     0     3  21.1    14     7     2     7    10
    Season            2.29     3     2     0     6  39.1    31    10     2    13    31
    
    Aaron Heilman, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1     1     0     0     0     0     2
    Last 3 Games      2.45     0     0     0     3   3.2     3     1     0     2     6
    Season            2.63     0     0     0    12  13.2    13     4     0     5    14
    
    Jorge Julio, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         9.00     0     0     0     1     2     2     2     1     1     5
    Last 3 Games      3.60     0     0     0     3     5     3     2     1     3    11
    Season            7.71     0     1     0    10  11.2    15    10     4     5    22
    
    Pedro Martinez, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         2.57     1     0     0     1     7     4     2     1     1     5
    Last 3 Games      2.61     3     0     0     3  20.2    12     6     3     5    24
    Season            2.94     5     0     0     5  33.2    19    11     5    11    33
    
    Darren Oliver, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1   1.1     1     0     0     1     1
    Last 3 Games      0.00     1     0     0     3   3.2     2     0     0     3     3
    Season            2.61     1     0     0     8  10.1     8     3     2     3    11
    
    Duaner Sanchez, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1     1     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 3 Games      0.00     0     0     0     3     4     3     0     0     1     2
    Season            0.00     1     0     0    11    16     7     0     0     6    13
    
    Steve Trachsel, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game        14.71     0     1     0     1   3.2     8     6     0     5     1
    Last 3 Games      5.17     1     1     0     3  15.2    17     9     1     9     6
    Season            4.72     2     2     0     5  26.2    29    14     2    11    16
    
    Billy Wagner, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         0.00     0     0     1     1     1     1     0     0     0     1
    Last 3 Games      0.00     0     0     2     3     3     5     0     1     0     7
    Season            0.69     1     0     7    12    13     8     1     2     5    15
    
    Victor Zambrano, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game        11.25     0     1     0     1     4     7     5     2     3     1
    Last 3 Games      9.64     1     2     0     3    14    20    15     5     9     8
    Season            9.64     1     2     0     3    14    20    15     5     9     8

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