Matsui under more pressure to make transition

Originally Published: March 4, 2005
By Bob Klapisch | Special to ESPN.com

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The experiment is buried several layers beneath the Mets' day-to-day consciousness, but is just as important as, say, Pedro Martinez's willingness to abide by Willie Randolph's rules in the clubhouse or Carlos Beltran's emerging presence as a team leader.

The Mets' hopes of catching the Braves depend on both Pedro and Beltran, of course, but they're keeping their fingers crossed on the biggest gamble of all -- whether Jose Reyes and Kazuo Matsui can deliver ...

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