43 years and counting for the New York Mets, who have yet to record their first no-hitter. Save for Chris Burke’s 7th inning HR and a subsequent Lance Berkman single, Pedro Martinez came awfully close Tuesday night in another dominant complete game performance.
I had the pleasure of watching Burke go deep against the Iowa Cubs 8 days ago and I think it is fair to say the victim of his first big league homer has a slightly more impressive resume.
Though I can’t for the life of me figure out why Willie Randolph would have Marlon Anderson hitting ahead of David Wright, the former came through with a key 2-out RBI in the 7th inning. Prior to that, Houston’s Roy Oswalt hit Cliff Floyd with a pitch between the shoulder blades that led to both benches emptying. Floyd made threatening noises on WFAN’s postgame show, but as Oswalt correctly noted, the Mets left-fielder couldn’t be any closer to the plate if he was standing on top of it.