Mets 4, Astros 1

You think there’s a chance this guy might make the Mets’ playoff roster?

Granted, it was just Houston and a mere five inning stint, but watching Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee flailing away at Martinez’ pitches (and observing another longball by Mr. Pissy Hands clobbered off Roy Oswalt) was awfully encouraging.

With all due respect to the Padres’ trio of Peavy, Young and Maddux, you’ve got to feel confident about the Mets hitting the postseason with a rotation of Glavine, El Duque, Pedro and some combination of Maine and Perez.  I’d feel even more confident if Guillermo Mota was relegated to mop-up duty and/or hit with another drug suspension, but there’s still 3 weeks to go.

Ladies and gentleman, Kevin Mulvey is the hottest ringer in the PCL.  In futher Lil’ Wilpons playoff notes, catcher Ramon Castro could accomplish the rare feat of playing in postseason series at 3 different levels in the same season.  A rehab stint that included New Orleans’ first round wins over Nashville continued today with Castro hitting 3rd for the Brooklyn Cyclones in their NY-Penn League playoff against Staten Island.

In the event the Cubs manage to overtake Milwaukee again over the next 3 weeks, I don’t think I’m going out on a limb in suggesting Steve Traschel doesn’t get a playoff start.