Martinez Has the Last Laugh

September 14, 2009

In addition to all the Mets injuries and bonehead plays this season, the sight of veteran right-hander Pedro Martinez reeling off eight scoreless innings last night against them definitely takes the cake. Martinez threw a total of 130 pitches in which he surrendered just six hits while striking out seven to earn his fifth victory of the season.

In seven starts for the Phillies this season, including last night’s, Martinez has yet to be charged with a loss. Philadelphia signed Martinez as a stopgap, hoping to buy time until they were able to acquire a frontline starter. Eventually, left-hander Cliff Lee was brought over in a trade from the Cleveland Indians. With a surplus of starting pitching, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel decide to stick with Martinez thereby sending left-hander Jaime Moyer, another ageless wonder, to the bullpen. Martinez has struggled at times in his starts, forcing Moyer to piggy-back a majority of the right-hander’s outings. But not on this night as the three-time Cy Young-award-winner looked like the Pedro of old. As for the Mets, they were as predictable as an Armando Benitez blown save.

Not only were the Mets swept in yesterday’s day/night doubleheader, but they were also officially eliminated from this year’s post-season. They are currently eighteen games under five hundred far, far away from the first place Phillies.

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