Toe? What toe?
Considering how he’s pitched, it is hard to imagine there ever was a doubt about Pedro Martinez.
“I wasn’t concerned,” pitching coach Rick Peterson said, “because he always said his arm was OK.”
Martinez has been good all spring, but exceptional tonight in beating the San Diego Padres, 8-1, to remain unbeaten with four victories.
Martinez said it is the best he’s thrown, no, make that pitched this year, because there’s a difference between the two.
Throwing denotes speed; pitching is all about location and guile.
“So far, this has been the best,” Martinez said. “I had pretty good command of all my pitches. I didn’t need (velocity). I was throwing 89, 90 mph. My command was good and I was getting ahead of the hitters.”
Martinez made only one pitch he’d want back, the one Mike Piazza crushed deep into the left field seats.
Other than that, Martinez was vintage, giving up only one more hit in seven innings and striking out 11 for the 105th double-digit strikeout game of his career.