Bart Hubbuch at the NY Post wrote this morning about the great progress made by Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez. Hubbuch explained how manager Willie Randolph has seen enough from Martinez so that he doesn’t need those 90 pitch counts like he had last year, or even any count at all.
“This year, if he’s feeling strong, Pedro is going to go out there and pitch unless he tells me differently,” Randolph said yesterday. “When Pedro is feeling it, he’s not going to come out of the game.”
Hopefully we can see the old Pedro this year, not the one that comes back late in the season like last year, or the one that warped his rotator cuff the year before in September.
Pedro is more cautious now than he ever has been, and that is what happens to older players who are trying to conserve all of the years that they have left in the tank. I’m expecting a solid season from him. Why wouldn’t I?
Pedro will most likely make one more start this spring before his scheduled April 1 start in game two of the Mets’ opening series of the season against the Marlins.