Righthanded pitcher Masato Yoshii, who spent 13 seasons in the Japan leagues before arriving in the U.S. last year, will be New York's fourth starter. But for the Mets to have a chance of catching the Braves in the National League East, he'll have to perform better than he did as a 33-year-old "rookie." Yoshii certainly has ability—last year he had a 3.93 ERA in 171? innings, and against the Yankees on June 28 he gave up only two hits and struck out 10 in seven innings—but he needs more durability. He averaged fewer than six innings per start, and after winning four of his first nine starts he was victorious in only two of his last 20.