Talk turned to Pedro Martinez in the hours leading to his latest start. Pedro has pitched very well in his last two starts (13 IP, 11 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 7 K) and has gone six starts without allowing more than three earned runs.
Jerry Manuel talked in very glowing terms about Pedro’s pitching instincts, how he has evolved from the ‘99 version to a master of deception in the “evening” of his career. But we knew that already. What was kind of interesting was that Manuel compared Pedro now to a latter-day Greg Maddux, at least when Maddux still pitched for the Braves.
Manuel said Maddux could get fairly deep into a game throwing 80, 90, 100 pitches, but Bobby Cox would pull him before he went through the lineup a third or fourth time. “I think that’s where Pedro is,” Manuel said.
Perhaps we won’t see Pedro pitch deep into games this year, but I’m sure the Mets will take six innings, four hits, one run, every time.
As someone who went to college in Boston from 1998-2002, I can’t believe Pedro’s at this stage of his career. His starts with the Red Sox’s were happenings back then. The radar gun atop the Monster would read 98 and 72 in the same game. That’s how nasty his stuff was then. He’s not that guy now, but Manuel thinks he can still get maximum results out of Pedro by handling him with care.