Inside Pitch: Randolph can expect extension

Look for the Mets to open negotiations with manager Willie Randolph on a contract extension after the postseason.

"At the end of the year, we will review things," general manager Omar Minaya said. "Willie has done a very good job for us."

Randolph is making $600,000 in the second season of a three-year deal, and Minaya said he prefers not having a manager in a lame-duck situation.

After the Mets had three consecutive losing seasons, Randolph, in his first managerial position, led the team to an 83-79 record last year. His squad is running away with the National League East this year.

Randolph said team officials haven't approached him yet, and laughed when asked if he would like them to.

"We have a championship to win," Randolph said. "That's totally my focus now."

REPLAY: Dave Williams had his fourth consecutive strong outing, and backed by Carlos Delgado's two-run homer in the sixth inning, the Mets beat Atlanta 4-1 Wednesday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader.

Williams has worked at least into the sixth inning in each start and has given up a combined nine runs in those games.

For Delgado, it is the eighth time in nine years he has driven in at least 100 runs.

In the second game, Oliver Perez pitched a complete-game, five-hit shutout, guiding the Mets to an 8-0 rout.

Jose Reyes set a club record by leading off the game with a homer for the sixth time this season.


  • RHP Pedro Martinez said Wednesday he had the normal post-throwing soreness from a 60-pitch bullpen session the previous day, but he remains on schedule to throw a simulated game Saturday. Barring a setback, Martinez could pitch Sept. 15 at Pittsburgh.

  • 1B Carlos Delgado hit a two-run homer Wednesday, his 36th of the season, which gave him 100 RBIs. It is the eighth time in nine years he has driven in 100 runs. The only time he didn't was in 2004, when injuries limited him to 99.

  • CF Carlos Beltran did not play in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against Atlanta, but he started in the second game when he told manager Willie Randolph between games that he thought he could play. Beltran had been day-to-day with a bruised left knee sustained Saturday at Houston when he ran into an outfield wall.

  • LF Cliff Floyd did not play in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against Atlanta, but he played in the second game. Floyd is trying to come back from a strained left Achilles tendon, which he said he plans to have operated on after the season.

  • SS Jose Reyes homered on the first pitch of the second game of a doubleheader Wednesday against Atlanta. It was his 17th homer of the season, and his sixth of the year leading off a game, which set a club single-season record. It was also the eighth of his career leading off, tying him for the club mark with Tommie Agee and Lenny Dykstra.

  • LHP Tom Glavine (12-6, 4.13) will make his 28th start of the season Thursday against the Dodgers. It is his second start since the ailment that caused numbness in his left middle finger. He is 19-18 with a 3.76 ERA in 47 career starts against Los Angeles.

  • LHP Dave Williams continued to make a strong pitch for a spot on the postseason roster with his fourth consecutive solid start. Williams gave up one run in six innings, and in the four starts combined has given up nine earned runs.

  • RF Shawn Green went a combined 6-for-8 with a homer in each game of the Mets' doubleheader sweep of Atlanta. Green attributed breaking out of a slump to a hitting session with batting coach Rick Down last weekend in Houston. Down, Green's hitting coach with the Dodgers, recalled how he used to tap his lead foot before striding into a pitch. Green said that improved his timing, which translated into the power.

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