It Was Vintage Pedro Out There Last Night
Many were surprised by the spectacular performance put on by one-time Met Pedro Martinez. I wasn’t.
The 37-year old righthander looked more like the 27-year old version as he completely shut down a voracious Dodgers offense and held them to just two hits during seven shutout innings of pure vintage Pedro.
Martinez didn’t walk any batters as he unveiled his masterpiece, but unfortunately for him (and fortunately for us) he handed over a certain win to a shaky Phillies bullpen who couldn’t save Pedro’s gem.
Pedro performed well for the Phillies down the stretch. In his nine starts, he finished with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP, striking out 37 and walking just 8 in 44 innings pitched. I wasn’t happy about him joining the Phillies, but he did do all he could do to remain a Met at the time. It wasn’t his fault we chose to shun him.
Still, it was hard not to root for Pedro even though he was wearing the uniform of our arch enemies.
In the end I got just what I had hoped for, a masterpiece from Pedro and a loss for the Phillies. Small favors like this are the only things I have to look forward to in this otherwise somber post season.
About the Author: Joe DeCaro
I'm a lifelong Mets fan who loves writing and talking about the Amazins' 24/7. From the Miracle in 1969 to the magic of 1986, and even the near misses in '73 and '00, I've experienced it all - the highs and the lows. I started Mets Merized Online in 2005 to feed my addiction. Follow me on Twitter @metsmerized.
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