Pedro Martinez First Start A Success

Marty Noble reports for MLB.com that Pedro pitched well against the Tigers today. He pitched four scoreless innings (58 pitches) and gave up four hits. He was slow to cover first on a ground ball by Timo Perez of all people! All in all it was a successful outing.

“I’m right where I want to be,” was Martinez’s general self-assessment, the only assessment that matters.

Apparently, there’s some shroud of secrecy around the radar gun reading on Pedro’s fastball. I know that Pedro is one of those guys that could be somewhat successful with an 86 mph fastball like he had last season after his injury. But everyone is going to see the radar gun on April 1st (game 2 of the season) in Florida anyway. Why keep it secret now?

Noble reports that scouts told him that Pedro’s fastball was in the high 80’s and hit 90 at one point.  I hope that he’s still building arm strength. He needs more than a high 80’s fastball to have a 15+ win season. The Mets need him a solid number 2 starter. Considering that Oliver Perez and John Maine both put up 15 wins last year, we should expect more than that from Pedro.

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