So you say you want Pedro Martinez to start every fifth day for the Mets.
You must hate the bullpen.
Let's take a look at 2008.
April 1. Pedro goes 3.1 innings in a road loss. BULLPEN gets to get 18 outs.
June 3: Nine outs for the bullpen.
June 8: Nine outs.
June 15th: Nine outs.
I get it. I see your Pedro fantasy. Now the reality sets in.
June 21: Hey bullpen we need 18 outs (so we can lose anyway) thanks!
June 27: 10 outs
July 2: Nine outs in a road loss (eight defensive innings)
July 7: 11 outs
July 12: 15 outs from the pen! Pedro didn't give up a run, and the Mets won—but he was Four Inning Pedro.
I'm tired of typing. The Mets went 4-7 in Pedro starts the rest of the way. Pedro's IP were 5, 6.1, 6, 7, 7 (that's more like it), 5, 6, 4, and 6, 6, 6. The 6-6-6 is ironic, not because Pedro is the devil but because since June 6, 2006 (6/6/06) Pedro was pretty much useless as I discussed here.
Let Pedro head off to LA, and he can enjoy Old Timers Day in Boston where he belongs. I don't know who the future is, but it's not this guy. The Mets would be better off with a fifth starter who went 3-21 but averaged seven innings than someone who only totaled 109 innings in 20 starts. I'll try my luck with Niese.
Shout out to Mike's Mets on doing the hard-work of stats compiling.
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