Tuesday, November 18, 2008

If the Mets re-sign Pedro Martinez...

Then I will officially declare Omar Minaya insane. I'm sure some Met fans will clamor for GM Omar Minaya to bring back Pedro. Because Pedro, even in his diminished state, is still Pedro. Fans still love Pedro for his history and charisma while holding onto this fantastic dream that Pedro may one day return to the Pedro of old.

I know this dream folks because I have lived it. But the old Pedro is longggggg gone.

I'm sure the critic say something along the lines of, "even if Pedro is well past his prime, he can still give you six or seven good innings because of his guts and guile." And part of that statement is true. Pedro is a good enough pitcher to sometimes go out there and perform well because he can still locate and is one smart guy. But those "sometimes" are few and far between. According to baseballreference.com, in 20 starts for the Mets, Pedro only threw six quality starts. So basically, Pedro pitched "well" roughly 1/3 of the time that he started.

And for all of you who are interested, Pedro Martinez had the exact same quality start percentage as Darrell Rasner. Yes, the same guy who the Yankees sold to Japan last week because his performance was so terrible. Yikes.

And honestly, if I'm going to throw a guy out there every fifth who only has a 30% chance of giving me a quality start, it's going to be a young guy. Not an aging 38 year old who is two years removed from major shoulder surgery. So forget the name recognition and focus on the performance. While I love Pedro's energy and charisma (and hair), he is washed up and should not be brought back under any circumstances.

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