What’s your confidence level on Pedro Martinez’s durability? He threw 53 pitches this morning and said he was fine. I just wonder if he’ll be fine in August.
jd-I enjoy the amount of things you post on a daily basis…it’s much appreciated. I also appreciate the objective view you bring. That being said, too many times your posts have negative overtones…and this is another one. It’s not as if you’re off-base…but must EVERY post reflect how we need to worry about player x, y and z???
Even if you are positive…you always throw a caveat in there. It’s a bit tiresome.
Pedro 25 starts, 12 wins
Pretty good. It’s an option year. Maybe 24 starts with two visits to the 15 day disabled list.
I tend to take Pedro at his word about his pitching. And he takes very good care of himself. So, all things considered I think he will be fine in August.
I hope all of us will be, too.
It’s a lot higher than my confidence level in El Duque or Castillo or Delgado, that’s for sure.
Pedro is going to prove the doubters wrong once again. I predict either one trip to the DL or at least a week vacation mid-summer, but overall, 28 starts, 3.00 era and 17 wins. No one is willing to truly look into what caused PEdro’s down turn, and also, how good he was even at the beginning of ‘06 and in ‘05. The shoulder is repaired, face the facts Delcos, modern medicine is a beautiful thing and if Pedro was going to have a set back, it would have happened already. At some point in the season, he’ll be sore and take some time off, but thats what Pedro has always done. The rest of his injuries were either flukes (his hip injury in florida) or as a result of his shoulder injury. Pedro has been doubted all his career and I really can’t wait to see him prove all the doubters wrong once again. Anyone who loves baseball should be rooting for this guy. He embodies all that is right with the game and has the heart of a true champion.
I also agree with Jack, and probably made that post about a year ago. Delcos ALWAYS has to throw some sort of negative spin on all of his comments. Mr. Doom and Gloom.
Agreed with Jack and Metsfan. Its one thing to be critical and negative when warranted, but if you are always that way – it loses its power.
In terms of Pedro, I’ll go 27 starts, 16 wins, 3.24 ERA.
I’m really not trying to gang up on JD. Like I said, I REALLY, REALLY appreciate his constant updates and info. But…take a look at his entries…everything always says something negative. The one that really sticks out in my mind is this one and the about Duaner and how JD doesn’t “buy the company line”
If Duaner had been healthy and hadn’t pitched in a week, I’d totally agree. But the guy just appeared in game action (Monday/Friday) for the first two times since July 30, 2006.
IT’S OBVIOUS that he’d need extra time.
And it’s not just JD. It’s almost like beat writers have to find something to get the fans worried about, when in fact, if you just sit back and look at the big picture, there really isn’t.
Ditto for all of these injuries. If guys like Castillo and Beltran and Church and Delgado are not playing regularly come the last 10 days of ST, then it’s time to be concerned (and even then…concerned, not worried). They’ve only played 8 of like 30 ST games!
Negativity’s fine when its warranted.
Negativity about a washed-up firstbaseman who spent the winter hiding a hip injury is fine.
Negativity helping run a future star out of town for highfiving some people is bad.
It is all about context, I reckon.
Im not expecting the Pedro of the Red Sox days, but if he can continue to adjust the way he had been doing before he got hurt, then he could probably be good for about 15 wins, which is fine if Maine and Perez can repeat or better their efforts of last year. He’ll undoubtedly hit the DL for a stint mid summer but otherwise I think he’ll be ok.
I think Pedro is going to be the “Comeback Player of The Year”. Why? Because he is a real pitcher. He has great instincts and drive to be a winner. He may not throw 98 be he will adjust his game to win. I think his return last September was critical for his success this year.
First of all, if you’re going to attack the host at least be correct. He is definitely not always negative. And he certainly wasn’t negative this post. Half of you guys predict stints on the DL for Pedro and then he is accused of negativity! If you want hugs and kisses and roses go to the Mets are perfect SNY owns us now so we have to kiss up to them and the Mets metsblog site. If you want objectivity and hard debate stay here.
Jack: As for Sanchez even Eddie Coleman has stated on his blog that he ain’t coming North, so it is obvious that he doesn’t have stuff and isn;t ready. And Metsfan, Sanchez proves you don’t know when injuries problems will resurface. Modern medicine doesn’t always work….
I think Pedro is going to have a very good year. Something like 29 starts and a 3.33 ERA. The only one I’m worrying about is Ollie. As long as he’s as good as last year, they’ll be in good shape. But should he regress, then that could hurt their chances. I’ve counted out El Duque long time ago.
Skepticism is healthy for beat reporters. You really don’t want a pollyanna viewpoint every day. OTOH, you also don’t want someone who is always negative. You just hope most who cover the team are relatively objective, and I think that’s the case. The only exception I see is someone like Wallace Matthews or Klapisch who aren’t really beat reporters anyway. Both of them seem to go out of their way to bash the Mets or spin things in a negative way.
Pedro can’t be on the DL a couple of times as some of you alluded to and still win 17 games.
Be realistic. 12 wins is a good number.
15 JM & OP
65-70 wins gets you to 90 for the team gets you to the playoffs.
As JK says above if you are a reporter accepting things at face value will not make you successful. I see this post as being responsible. I hope Pedro pitches the whole season without incident. The reality is that he may not. That is what this post says.
Everyone has their own personality. Some are glass half full some half empty. Let JD be who he is.
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