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Pittsburgh vs. New York Mets, 3 May 2006

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Snell, Martinez (MLB.com)

7:10 PM, FSNP, KDKA

Ian Snell (1-2, 5.79) vs. Pedro Martinez (5-0, 2.74).

Just because I can, and just because Paul Meyer is still allowed to spread his homerrific, veteran-lovin' crap throughout the pages of the Post-Gazette, I'd like to take this opportunity to make fun of him.

The Mets are scheduled to start Pedro Martinez tonight and Tom Glavine tomorrow night.

Seems like a daunting task for the Pirates.

"I don't think it's any more daunting than some of the challenges we have faced up to this point," manager Jim Tracy said. "We have seen some awfully good pitching."

True. They've seen Mark Mulder and Chris Carpenter of St. Louis. Roy Oswalt of Houston. Doug Davis and Chris Capuano of Milwaukee.

Martinez and Glavine, however, seem a cut above those guys in stature.

Yeah, clearly. Because what counts in determining how tough a pitcher is for the Pirates to face isn't what he's done recently, it's what he's done not so recently. It's his stature. Martinez is still a great pitcher, but Chris Carpenter and Roy Oswalt were waaayyy better than Glavine last year. But Glavine's got stature. When are the Pirates going to figure out that if they want to start winning ballgames, they need to call Tom Seaver, Steve Carlton and Don Sutton and have those guys pitch.

Box Score: Snell has five Ks - and three walks - through 2 1/3. Freddy Sanchez has a solo homer for the Bucs.