Player: Pedro Martinez
Consistency: He was good for the Phillies. Maybe all the time off and the short season was the reason but he was good. At 37 (at the time) he was much better than the Phillies could have wished for, especially for the $1 million contract he signed to pitch less than half a season. His biggest problem was home runs in the hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park.
In fact, he was arguably the Phillies second best pitcher in the playoffs and his strong performance during the season was the reason he was elected to pitch over J.A. Happ and at times, Joe Blanton. Though he didn’t record a win in the playoffs, he was good against Los Angeles and New York in game 2 but got knocked around by New York in game 6 because he was sick. Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee got a lot of starts while Martinez, Happ, and Blanton all fought over the other days.
Regular Season Stats: 5-1, 9 starts, 44.2 IP, 48 H, 18 R, 18 ER, 7 HR, 8 BB, 37 K, 3.63 ERA, 1.25 WHIP
Post Season Stats: 0-2, 3 starts, 17.0 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 HR, 4 BB, 16 K, 3.71 ERA, 0.88 WHIP
Health: Healthy as an ox (or old goat) up until he got sick before game 6 of the World Series.
Intangibles: Pedro is a team player and an instant leader. He has a great attitude and is fun to be around judging by his history and also the shots in the dugout. Whether it’s his signature jheri curl or wacky interviews, he is definitely going to go down as one of the most entertaining characters in MLB history. Though we remember him playing for the hated Mets for a few years, we will always enjoy his short stint as a Phightin’. He’s loved wherever he goes and that’s a good trait to have as a ball player.
Overall Grade: B. He was better than many expected. Though there were times where his age and lack of velocity hurt him, he was composed and let his veteran experience carry him out of jams. I am 95% sure his tenure in Philly is over. I hope wherever he goes, he brings the same leadership and knowledge to that team.
SIDE NOTE: This was the 300th post in TTB history!