10/06/06 12:26 AM ET
Notes: Mets' rotation picture clarified
Randolph confirms Trachsel will get start in Saturday's Game 3
By Marty Noble and Chris Girandola / MLB.com
Prior to Thursday night's National League Division Series game against the Dodgers, manager Willie Randolph said decisions on starters for games in Los Angeles were fluid. One day after the club posted Oliver Perez as the definite Mets starter for Game 4, which raised some eyebrows, Randolph reserved the right to change his mind -- and his rotation.
The more likely scenario still had Perez pitching Sunday in Game 4 -- if there is one. But Randolph acknowledged before the game that Steve Trachsel could be moved from Game 3 to Game 4 and that John Maine, who started Game 1, could return for Game 4.
Without detailing the reasons for possible changes, Randolph indicated the outcome of Game 2 could prompt him to revise the sequence. However, following the 4-1 victory over the Dodgers, Randolph said Trachsel will be Saturday's starter, going on 12 days' rest.
"I spoke to Steve and I told him he was going to go in Game 3," Randolph said. "So Steve Trachsel will go on Saturday."
When asked about Trachsel having not pitched in almost two weeks, Randolph added, "Well, he's going to get the ball. I guess he's mentally and physically ready. He's fine. I spoke to him today, and he said he was fine. I have no question about it. [He's] ready to play."
Game times: Saturday's Game 3 at Dodger Stadium will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX. If necessary, Game 4 on Sunday is tentatively scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on ESPN, but if the Yankees-Tigers series is complete after Saturday's game, the Mets and Dodgers will then play at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX. Game 5, if necessary, will be at Shea Stadium on Monday at 8 pm. ET.
Where's Pedro? Martinez made an appearance at Wednesday's game, joining his teammates in the dugout in the fourth inning of the Mets' 6-5 win over the Dodgers. Martinez was all smiles and looked his usual celebratory self when the Mets scored runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings.
Martinez did not stick around for the finish, though, because of Thursday's early-morning surgery to repair the torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder at New York's Hospital for Special Surgery. Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek and Mets team physician Dr. Stuart Coleman repaired the tear, with former Boston Red Sox medical director Dr. William Morgan observing the procedure. The Mets confirmed the surgery was successful.
In this Korner: The Mets added a touch of class to the evening Thursday. They had one of the game's foremost gentlemen, Ralph Kiner -- he was introduced as a Hall of Famer and an original Met -- throw out the first pitch.
Join the club: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Carlos Delgado's four hits -- including a home run -- in his first playoff game ties the Mets slugger with four other Major League players, joining Mel Ott (1933 Giants), Joe Medwick (1934 Cardinals), Luis Alicea (1995 Red Sox) and Todd Walker (2003 Red Sox).
Delgado also became the second Met to homer in his first postseason game. Edgardo Alfonzo hit two home runs on Oct. 5, 1999, against the Diamondbacks in Game 1 of the NLDS.
Delgado and David Wright joined Alfonzo, Buddy Harrelson and J.C. Martin as the only Mets players to have multi-RBI games in their postseason debuts. Delgado finished Wednesday's game with two RBIs, while Wright had a team-high three.
Alfonzo had five RBIs in Game 1 of the 1999 NLDS, while Harrelson and Martin each collected two in Game 1 of the 1969 NLCS against the Braves.
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. Chris Girandola is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.