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Odd Man Out in Mets' Competition: Freddy Garcia

At least that's the story coming from Bart Hubbach of the New York Post.

Of course, Hubbach is just the first to say what most writers covering the Mets have seen coming for most of spring training. Garcia has been rocked in each and every one of his starts this spring, and he just never seemed to have nay of the stuff that made him a dominant starter before his career unraveled after he landed in Philadelphia (maybe he just should have avoided the NL East altogether, huh?).

The final blow to Garcia's chances? That may have been today's outing, where Garcia let in four runs on four hits in a single inning of New York's 7-4 loss to the Braves. If you were wondering what that did to Garcia's ERA, let's just say it's not pretty. Ah, forget discretion, here's how ugly it is: 16.71. It seems safe to say that's not going to win the job.

So, who is going to get it? Well, by the process of elimination, we may be seeing Livan Hernandez every fifth day in Queens. Hernandez pitched five innings against the Braves, allowing five hits and one run, though that still only pushed his spring ERA to 3.07.

As for the rest of the team's expected contenders, they've been near universal disasters. If Garcia has been a disaster, rookie Jonathan Niese hasn't been much better. Tim Redding hasn't been able to stay healthy, so his odds probably aren't very good, either.

Or maybe the Mets will make a move to bring in someone else? A certain Martinez, Pedro perhaps? The race to be the team's fifth starter certainly seems to be opening up for him, doesn't it?

By Cameron Smith  |  March 18, 2009; 5:34 PM ET
Categories:  Mets  
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