To me, the only way for the Mets to contend for a championship this season without Wagner is to put Pedro Martinez in the bullpen for the rest of the season. The move would obviously be a risk considering that Martinez has never consistently worked out of the bullpen before and his performance this season has been shaky at best. Not to mention that hitters are hitting .353 in the first inning against Pedro, which obviously does not enhance my argument.I'm not as up on my Metology as many so (a) I really don't know what the other options are; and (b) that early-inning BA against may make the whole idea ludicrous, but I do know this much: Pedro-as-closer would be a hell of a lot of fun for the average fan. Indeed, if he was tried in that role this month and the Mets actually make the playoffs, I would have to consider doing the unthinkable and rooting for New York in the playoffs.
But here's the thing, what other option do the Mets have?
Wishcasting, I suppose, but I like Pedro an awful lot, and I really don't want to see his career end in a flourish of weak, ineffective starts.