Inside Pitch: Soler gets his chance

With right-hander Jeremi Gonzalez still feeling weak from a bout with the flu, Cuban defector Alay Soler - originally signed back in 2004 - is in line to start Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies at Shea Stadium.

General manager Omar Minaya said Soler was brought up from Triple-A Norfolk over top prospect Mike Pelfrey because he was pitching better and has more experience.

The Mets are hoping they can get from the 26-year-old Soler what they couldn't from veteran Jose Lima, and that's to get at least five innings.

The Mets have dipped into the minor leagues for pitching help because of injuries to Brian Bannister and Victor Zambrano.

Soler will be the fourth Mets pitcher not on their Opening Day roster to start this season. Lima, Jeremi Gonzalez and John Maine are the others.

REPLAY: Manager Willie Randolph says his team has a resiliency about it, and the Mets showed it again Tuesday night during a marathon 9-8 victory in 16 innings. The Mets scored three in the eighth, with two driven in on Jose Reyes' two-run homer to force extra innings... and eight innings later, Carlos Beltran won it with his 12th homer.

The Mets, who have now won eight games in their last at-bat, increased their lead to four games over Philadelphia in the National League East.

NOTES, QUOTES

  • LF Cliff Floyd, bothered by a stiff left shoulder sustained Sunday while attempting to make a diving catch, was in the lineup Tuesday night.

  • RF Xavier Nady was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with stiffness in his lower back and replaced by Endy Chavez.

  • RHP Alay Soler was brought up from Triple-A Norfolk to start Wednesday against Philadelphia.

  • CF Carlos Beltran hit his 12th homer of the year Tuesday to give the Mets a 9-8 victory in 16 innings. He hit 16 all of last season.

    BY THE NUMBERS: 7 -- Games won by the Mets this season in their final at-bat after Friday night's 7-6 victory over the Yankees on David Wright's game-winning single in the ninth inning.

    MEDICAL WATCH:

    RHP Juan Padilla, who needed elbow surgery in spring training, is lost for the year.

    RHP Victor Zambrano went on the 60-day disabled list May 7 with a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. Surgery was performed May 15, but was much more extensive then expected, as Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek removed bone spurs from the elbow, repaired a torn tendon and performed "Tommy John" surgery to repair a torn ligament. The surgery was successful, and Zambrano is out for the season. He might not be ready in time for spring training.

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

    RHP Brian Bannister went on the 15-day disabled list April 27 with a strained right hamstring. He pitched in a minor league game on May 18 but had to leave after throwing only five pitches. An MRI the next day showed that he aggravated the strain. He returned to the team's spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla., to continue his rehab. There is no timetable for his return.

    RHP John Maine went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 3 with inflammation in his right middle finger.

    LF Cliff Floyd has a stiff left shoulder but was back in the lineup May 23.

    Player Stats

    
    LINEUP
    
    1. Jose Reyes, SS
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .143     7     1     1     0     0     1     2     1
    Last 7 Games      .194    31     5     6     1     0     2     5     5
    Season            .246   195    34    48     8     5     4    22    18
    
    2. Paul Lo Duca, C
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .286     7     0     2     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .313    32     6    10     3     0     1     2     0
    Season            .296   135    21    40    11     0     3    13     1
    
    3. Carlos Beltran, CF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .429     7     1     3     0     0     1     2     1
    Last 7 Games      .258    31     5     8     1     0     3     9     2
    Season            .262   126    29    33     7     0    12    31     7
    
    4. Carlos Delgado, 1B
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     6     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .161    31     2     5     0     0     2     4     0
    Season            .273   172    30    47     5     0    15    33     0
    
    5. David Wright, 3B
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .286     7     1     2     0     0     1     1     1
    Last 7 Games      .355    31     6    11     3     0     2     4     1
    Season            .312   170    26    53    12     2     7    29     8
    
    6. Cliff Floyd, LF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .400     5     2     2     1     0     1     1     0
    Last 7 Games      .280    25     4     7     3     1     2     2     0
    Season            .210   143    18    30     6     1     5    16     2
    
    7. Kazuo Matsui, 2B
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .143     7     1     1     1     0     0     1     0
    Last 7 Games      .120    25     1     3     1     0     0     2     0
    Season            .231   108     8    25     6     0     1     7     2
    
    8. Endy Chavez, RF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .286     7     2     2     0     0     0     0     1
    Last 7 Games      .294    17     2     5     1     0     0     0     1
    Season            .288    73    11    21     5     0     1     6     3
    
    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 7 Games      .167    12     0     2     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .188    16     1     3     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
    
    Ramon Castro, C
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .095    21     1     2     1     0     0     0     0
    Season            .260    50     5    13     4     0     1     3     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
    
    Julio Franco, 1B
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game        1.000     1     0     1     1     0     0     1     0
    Last 7 Games      .429     7     1     3     2     0     0     2     0
    Season            .292    24     3     7     2     0     1     6     1
    
    Tom Glavine, P
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .273    11     3     3     1     0     0     2     0
    Season            .400    15     3     6     1     0     0     2     0
    
    Jeremi Gonzalez, P
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 2 Games      .000     2     1     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .000     2     1     0     0     0     0     0     0
    
    Jose Lima, P
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 3 Games      .000     5     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .000     5     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    
    John Maine, P
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 1 Games      .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    
    Pedro Martinez, P
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .067    15     0     1     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .105    19     0     2     0     0     0     1     0
    
    Xavier Nady, RF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .182    22     3     4     0     0     1     4     1
    Season            .277   148    21    41     8     0     9    22     2
    
    Darren Oliver, 
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .250     4     0     1     1     0     0     0     0
    Season            .333     6     1     2     1     0     0     2     0
    
    Jose Valentin, LF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .385    13     2     5     1     0     1     3     1
    Season            .255    47     4    12     1     0     2     9     1
    
    Chris Woodward, SS
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game        1.000     1     1     1     1     0     0     1     0
    Last 7 Games      .286     7     2     2     2     0     0     1     0
    Season            .278    36     4    10     3     0     1     7     1
    
    Victor Zambrano, P
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 5 Games      .000     5     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .000     5     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
    
    Heath Bell, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game        18.00     0     0     0     1     1     4     2     0     0     1
    Last 2 Games     13.50     0     0     0     2     2     7     3     0     0     3
    Season           13.50     0     0     0     2     2     7     3     0     0     3
    
    Chad Bradford, 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      3.86     0     0     0     3   2.1     1     1     0     1     1
    Season            4.50     2     2     0    20    16    18     8     1     4    16
    
    Pedro Feliciano, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1     1     0     0     0     1     1
    Last 3 Games      0.00     0     0     0     3   2.2     0     0     0     1     2
    Season            0.66     0     0     0    15  13.2     9     1     0     3    12
    
    Bartolome Fortunato, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game        54.14     0     0     0     1   1.1     6     8     1     2     0
    Last 2 Games     27.00     1     0     0     2     3     7     9     2     2     0
    Season           27.00     1     0     0     2     3     7     9     2     2     0
    
    Tom Glavine, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         3.00     1     0     0     1     6     7     2     0     4     4
    Last 3 Games      3.79     3     0     0     3    19    18     8     2     8    10
    Season            2.48     7     2     0    10  65.1    52    18     4    22    51
    
    Jeremi Gonzalez, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game        18.00     0     0     0     1     3     9     6     0     3     3
    Last 2 Games     10.13     0     0     0     2     8    14     9     2     3     7
    Season           10.13     0     0     0     2     8    14     9     2     3     7
    
    Aaron Heilman, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game        18.00     0     0     0     1     1     1     2     0     2     3
    Last 3 Games      3.60     0     0     0     3     5     2     2     0     4     6
    Season            2.05     0     1     0    20  26.1    20     6     0    10    26
    
    Jorge Julio, 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     1
    Last 3 Games      2.25     0     1     0     3     4     2     1     0     3     3
    Season            5.06     1     2     1    18  21.1    21    12     4    10    33
    
    Jose Lima, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         7.71     0     1     0     1   4.2     7     4     0     1     3
    Last 3 Games      8.79     0     3     0     3  14.1    18    14     2     8    10
    Season            8.79     0     3     0     3  14.1    18    14     2     8    10
    
    John Maine, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         6.75     0     1     0     1   5.1     6     4     1     2     6
    Last 1 Games      6.75     0     1     0     1   5.1     6     4     1     2     6
    Season            6.75     0     1     0     1   5.1     6     4     1     2     6
    
    Pedro Martinez, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1     7     4     0     0     1     8
    Last 3 Games      3.00     0     0     0     3    21    12     7     2     5    28
    Season            2.82     5     0     0     9  60.2    34    19     8    17    70
    
    Darren Oliver, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         0.00     1     0     0     1     4     2     0     0     1     3
    Last 3 Games      0.00     1     0     0     3     7     4     0     0     1     5
    Season            3.04     2     0     0    14  23.2    19     8     5     5    22
    
    Duaner Sanchez, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1     2     2     0     0     0     3
    Last 3 Games      2.25     0     0     0     3     4     5     1     0     1     3
    Season            1.84     1     0     0    23  29.1    19     6     2    11    21
    
    Steve Trachsel, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game        10.80     0     0     0     1     5     7     6     1     4     2
    Last 3 Games      5.06     0     2     0     3    16    17     9     2     9     7
    Season            4.99     2     4     0     9  48.2    55    27     4    21    27
    
    Billy Wagner, 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     15.45     0     0     1     3   2.1     4     4     0     3     4
    Season            3.22     3     0     9    21  22.1    17     8     3    11    32
    
    Victor Zambrano, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1   1.1     0     0     0     0     3
    Last 3 Games      4.77     0     1     0     3  11.1    12     6     2     5     8
    Season            6.75     1     2     0     5  21.1    25    16     5    11    15

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