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In Pedro Martinez’s first major league start since September 22, 2006, he managed to win against the Reds.
“So far, so good,” Pedro said, “It was good enough. I did what I was supposed to do. I got 75 pitches in. I gave my team an opportunity. I felt I settled down after the first inning and got everything in control again.”
The fastest fastball Pedro could get up all day was 89 mph. But he started off throwing around 82 mph so he got a lot better. Limited to 75 pitches, Pedro made it 5 innings, just enough to get the win.
When Pedro entered the game he had 2,999 career strike-outs. With 4K’s today, Pedro entered the 3000 K club. He is 15th on the all-time list at 3,003. Next on the list is Curt Schilling at 3101 strike-outs. Both will increase their totals as the year goes on. And both plan on pitching next year, so Pedro may never move above Schilling. But 13th on the list Bob Gibson (3117 K’s) and 12th, Fergie Jenkins (3192), could be reached in his career, assuming he has a good amount more gas in him.
“I’m not as consistent as I used to be with my mechanics and the strike zone,” Martinez said. “I’m the first to tell you I’m not there yet.”
Pedro is a welcome asset as the season winds down and the playoffs are ahead. The Mets needed a big time pitcher and Pedro is it. It’ll be interesting to see if Pedro can stay consistent with his location and off-speed stuff and still dominate teams.