As I write this, Pedro Martinez is already back in New York. He left right away for home after giving up six runs in the first inning due to a strained right calf muscle. The Mets party line is Pedro knows his body better than anybody and wanted to pitch.
“How many times has he complained of his toe hurting and he punches out 10?” pitching coach Rick Peterson asked. Frankly, I don’t know. I’m sure it has been a few. I’m also sure that with the status of their pitching, and their lead, and that he’s already been on the DL this year, that if Martinez is to say something is bothering him I wouldn’t let him start.
That’s why Willie said he didn’t send Martinez out for the second. Should have been the first.
Talk with you tomorrow, which should be real interesting.