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Despite Elimination, Pedro’s Case is Still Strong

March 11, 2009

Former Mets right-hander Pedro Martinez can now sign off on another productive chapter in his career. Martinez was pitching for his native country, the Dominican Republic, until a shocking defeat in the hands of the Netherlands in extra innings, 2-1, led to their elimination from this year’s World Baseball Classic. Martinez has expressed that as long as his team was still alive in the tournament, he would continue to use this opportunity as a way to showcase himself for a starting job at the major-league level. The always out-spoken, three-time Cy Young award winner showed in just a few outings that he was on stable ground while pitching in the Classic. But when the WBC finally comes to a close, it may symbolize for the right hander a final farewell to a Hall of Fame-caliber career.

In 17 seasons, Martinez has produced a 214-99 record which amounts to winning 68 percent of his decisions. He has struck out a total of 3,117 batters in 2,782.2 innings pitched averaging a little over a strikeout per inning. Martinez has appeared in 467 games overall in which he has started 400 of them. In those starts, he is credited with 46 complete games and 17 shutouts. But the most impressive statistic that the World Series champion has on his resume is a 2.91 career ERA.

The call for the veteran right hander to be brought back to the Mets is building momentum. Martinez had already thrown three scoreless innings with four strikeouts in the first meeting against the Netherlands on Saturday. If you add last night’s work of three more scoreless innings plus two more Ks in the elimination game, Pedro’s line looks very sharp. The more Martinez can prove he has command of his pitches and that he can successfully get hitters out, the stronger his case will be for some stable employment heading into the regular season.