It was interesting before the game. Jerry Manuel was basically asked if he had one game to win and had to start someone other than Johan Santana, would he pick Pedro Martinez?
Manuel didn’t want to answer, which appeared to mean the answer was no.
Then he answered and indicated Mike Pelfrey or Oliver Perez would be better choices because of their dominance at times this season.
Anyway, Pedro has sure looked hittable a lot of times down this stretch without the good velocity anymore—i.e. tonight’s three-run, four-hit Atlanta first. But he is 36 (he turns 37 in about a month) and in the final year of his contract. He would be no better than No. 4 in a playoff rotation, it would seem. Agreed?