Pedro Still Has Something Left

September 5, 2009 at 1:28 am Leave a comment

Pedro Martinez
(AP Photo)

Pedro Martinez outdueled one of the best starters in the game on Thursday night in Tim Lincecum. Pedro went 7 innings allowing one run on five hits while striking out 9 and walking none, flashing above-average stuff all night.

Pedro’s fastball has been averaging 88.3 mph, his best since 2004, and he has found a new love for a cutter (seems to be a pitch that is re-making pitchers lately), using it almost 19% of the time. Pedro is keeping hitters off balance by changing speeds and pounding all areas of the strike zone with pinpoint control and hitters are only hitting line-drives 19.7% of the time off of his stuff.

Pedro’s stuff has been above-average so far this year. Maybe Pedro has had enough time off to get his health back to 100%, maybe this is too small a sample size, or maybe he is back as a reliable starter. Who knows? All we know is that so far, Pedro is dealing.

Currently sitting at 3-0 with an ERA of 3.52 and a 23/4 K/BB rate in 23 innings, Pedro is proving that he has something left to offer in the majors and he may get himself a nice one or two year deal in the offseason if he keeps this up down the strech. Welcome back Pedro.

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