Temper The Pedro Hype

It was great to see Pedro Martinez re-join the Mets rotation after two months off recovering from a strained hamstring. If he can stay healthy, he’ll be a nice addition to the team… Not a great addition. He spent a significant amount of time on the disabled list in each of the last three seasons. And he’s 36 years old and eight years removed from his third, and most recent, Cy Young Award.

His influence as a clubhouse leader has been vastly overstated in my opinion. The Mets don’t need production in the locker room, they need it on the field. If he’s more important as a locker room influence then make him a coach. We need him to produce on the field.

Gerry Fraley wrote a nice column today for the Sporting News about this topic. His contention is that as long as Oliver Perez and Mike Pelfrey are in the Mets rotation, their problems aren’t cured. I have to agree with that contention. I like Mike Pelfrey and think he has the ability to be a solid starter at the big league level, but he is so unpolished that I think he needs more time in the minors.

Who knows what to make of Oliver Perez? I don’t think that anyone does this season. The Mets may just have caught lightning in a bottle last season with his 15 wins. If he can get out of the first or second inning in games, it’s just unacceptable. Pedro Martinez pitching every fifth day isn’t going to change that.

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