Encore to say a lot about Heilman

Originally Published: April 18, 2005
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

• 7:05: Mets fans need to know whether Aaron Heilman is for real after his one-hitter last week. He's throwing in Florida against Josh Beckett.

Josh Beckett
Beckett

Aaron Heilman
Heilman

• 7:05: Two well-traveled lefties square off in Baltimore: Bruce Chen against David Wells, who, between them, have played with about half the teams in the big leagues.

• 7:07: Will the Yankees' crisis of confidence end? Toronto's Ted Lilly has thrown well against New York in the past; Carl Pavano pitches for the Yankees.

• 7:10: Pirates fans need to know: What's wrong with Oliver Perez? He pitches in Cincinnati against Paul Wilson.

• 8:05: Best pitching matchup of the night is in Houston, with Milwaukee's Ben Sheets throwing against Roy Oswalt.

• 8:10: Johan Santana never loses. And he's facing the Kansas City Royals tonight.

• 10:15: Javier Vazquez tries to get it going in San Francisco. The Diamondbacks' right-hander is struggling.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly from Tuesday
The Good: Jamie Moyer of the Mariners needs just five more wins to get to 200 for his career after he beat the Angels on Tuesday.

The Bad: Vicente Padilla and Gavin Floyd combined for six innings pitched Tuesday and allowed seven homers. Not exactly the ratio Phillies fans are looking for; in one evening, the staff goes from surprising to vulnerable in public perception.

The Ugly: Secondhand accounts have long hinted at an uneasy relationship between Alfonso Soriano and manager Buck Showalter. And that was before Soriano booted the trash can Tuesday.

Buster Olney is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine. His book, "The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty," is being released in paperback May 1 and can be ordered through HarperCollins.com.

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