New York (0-5) at Atlanta (4-1)

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  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Sun Apr 10, 2005
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Pedro Martinez will try and lift the New York Mets to their first victory of the season when they close out a three-game set with the Atlanta Braves.

The Mets have dropped the first five games of the season and are off to their worst start since going 0-8 in 1963.

Martinez pitched well on opening day, and left with a 6-3 lead over the Cincinnati Reds. However, the bullpen blew the lead and the game, falling to the Reds, 7-6.

“It’s not really frustrating,” Martinez said. “It’s too early to get frustrated. It was one bad inning, and the rest of the game was pretty good. I’m optimistic about it.”

New York has fallen behind early and not been able to recover. The Mets have been outscored 14-2 in the first two innings this season.

“When you’re behind, it’s tough to get back,” said Carlos Beltran, who was 0-for-5. “We haven’t had a chance to get ahead. It seems like we’re trying to get back in every single ballgame.”

While New York has struggled, the Atlanta Braves have flourished, winning four of their first five games. The only loss came on opening day as John Smoltz, who was making his first start since 2001 got shelled. He gave up seven runs in just 1 2-3 innings.

“It’s the worst feeling in the world,” Smoltz said. “Obviously I wouldn’t have thought this was possible. It’s numbing. You want a mulligan.”

By pitching just 1 2-3 innings, the former Cy Young Award winner matched his shortest outing as a starter. It happened three other times, most recently on May 3, 1994, also against Florida.

“If I focused on my ERA right now, I’d be an idiot,” Smoltz said. “I’m disappointed with the results, but not the way I threw.”

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P. Martinez Phi vs. J. Smoltz StL
15-8 Record 14-7
2.82 ERA 3.06
208 K 169
47 BB 53
0.95 WHIP 1.15