With the New York Mets struggling through an injury-plagued season, the highlight of the four game Phillies-Mets series was not the rivalry between the two teams, but Pedro Martinez’s return to Queens after his four-year stint with the Mets. After his pre-game press conference on Friday, everyone’s eyes looked to Sunday afternoon, when Pedro would pitch against his former team.
Pedro settled into a pattern through the first four innings of his outing. In the first and third innings, struggled with the first few batters. In each of those innings, he gave up a leadoff home run (both to Angel Pagan) and then a base hit, leading to two earned runs in each situation. In the following inning (the second and fourth), he settled down, throwing good pitches to get out without giving up a run.
In the fifth and sixth innings, Pedro looked more like he did in his previous starts, keeping the Mets’ offense scoreless. In the end, Martinez earned the win by throwing 6 innings, allowing four runs while walking one and striking out five as the Phillies scratched out a 9-6 victory.
With his arm now stretched out and in a normal starter’s routine, this looks like an average start for Pedro Martinez. While it’s not quality start by statistical definition, Pedro’s outing is impressive for a fifth starter. Even after getting into some jams early in innings, Pedro worked through them, using his command and knowledge of the game to stay calm and limit the damage. On top of this, he looked ready to start the seventh inning, and was only taken out after Charlie Manuel made the decision. With outings likes this, it makes you wonder whether Martinez or Cole Hamels is the better starter right now.
Here are some final notes from today’s game:
-Eric Bruntlett had a career day in his spot start for Chase Utley: 3 for 5 with a game-ending unassisted triple-play,the first unassisted triple-play for the Phillies since Mickey Morandini did it in September of 1992, and the first one to end a game in Major League Baseball in over 82 years.
-Greg Dobbs was placed on 15-Day DL with a strained calf, and was replaced by Miguel Cairo.
-Carlos Ruiz’s three-run home run in the first inning was his first hit against the Mets this year. He was 0 for his previous 23.
-Shane Victorino is seeing the ball very well as of recently, working six walks so far through the Mets series.
-Tom Hagan ’11