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Chat or Chuck: Pedro Martinez

I have to blog about it, I’m sorry. According to a report in the NY Daily News, Yankees 2B Robinson Cano said that he would like Pedro to come to the Yankees. Pedro has consistently said that he wants to pitch in 2010, and has made it clear that he wants it to be for the Phillies. When asked about the Yankees, he kind of dodged the question. We have to do it, lets take a look.

Why Chat?:

  • He’s led the league in ERA five times.
  • He has a 2.93 career ERA.
  • He has led the league in strikeouts three times.
  • He has led the league in WHIP six times.
  • He is a three time Cy Young winner.
  • He has led the league in H/9 and SO/9 five times.
  • He has led the league in SO/BB four times.

Why Chuck?:

  • “I actually realized that I was somebody important,
    because I caught the attention of 60,000 people, plus the whole world
    watching a guy that if you reverse time back 15 years ago, I was
    sitting under a mango tree without 50 cents to pay for a bus.”
  • “I know I achieved a lot, and I know I have my little share of respect.”

Chat or Chuck?:
Chuck, Chuck, Chuck, Chuck, Chuck!!!!!!!
Im, sorry, but Cano should have kept his mouth shut to begin with. Nobody talked about him on the Yankees until now. Yes, the Yankees now realize they have a chance to sign one of the best pitchers in the history of the game, but I don’t listen to the kind of junk he says on a daily basis for ANYBODY. Plus, I don’t want to give up the “who’s your daddy,” even if it is for just one game a year.

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Martinez to pitch game 2 in New York.

Pedro 10:27.pngNow the stage is completely set. With Cliff Lee a sure go in game 1, the Phillies have announced today that they will throw 3 time Cy Young award winner, Pedro Martinez in game 2. It was a toss up between him and Hamels who has an ERA just below 7 in the postseason.

Martinez, a former Red Sox, is no stranger to the postseason. In 12 postseason starts, Pedro has a 3.13 ERA. All of those starts came with the Red Sox, except for one. That start came in the championship series against the Dodgers, when Martinez went 7.0 innings giving up just 2 hits and no runs. 
Pedro last faced the Yankees last year as a Met. The Yanks knocked him for 6 runs in 5.2 innings. He last faced the Yankees as a Red Sox in that disaster ALCS in 2004. He pitched the clinching game that sealed up a 4 game comeback and a trip to the world series in a 10-3 win.
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Quick Facts:
Career: 409 GS (219-100) 2.93 ERA 1.054 WHIP 4.15 SO/BB
2009 Regular Season: 9 GS (5-1) 3.63 ERA 1.254 WHIP 4.63 SO/BB
Career vs Yankees: 32 GS (11-11) 3.20 ERA 1.075 WHIP 4.14 SO/BB
Most H vs Pedro: Derek Jeter (22) Most hits for any hitter against Martinez.
Most HR vs Pedro: Jorge Posada (4)
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Bring on the Phillies

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First pitch of the 2009 World Series:
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The stage is all set. The defending champion Philadelphia Phillies will face off against The New York Yankees starting Wednesday night. While it may seem very easy to celebrate and get all happy right now, remember, there is still one more mountain to climb. It’s a mountain that may be the most difficult to climb this year. It should be a good series. Below I have a list of a couple of things to keep in mind as the series progresses. 

  1. CC Sabathia’s Saved: With the win on Sunday, the Yankees avoided using CC Sabathia again and their rotation will go unaffected. CC can now pitch game 1 rather than having to wait until game 3 if a game 7 was needed. It’s a situation that has probably kept the Yankees as favorites in this series. 
  2. Phillies in Game 2: Cliff Lee will start game 1, no doubt. But the question still looms for the Phillies over who their game 2 starter will be. They have a few options. They can go with the future hall of famer, Pedro Martinez, who has much experience against the Yankees. Or, they can go with the defending World Series MVP, Cole Hamels. If it was last year, Hamels would have been a no doubter. But its not last year. After a disappointing season, Hamels has pitched to a 6.75 ERA in 3 postseason starts.
  3. Howard vs Lefties: The win in game 6 also allowed for the Yankees to throw 5 lefties should the series go to seven games. That will be a problem for the 2009 NLCS MVP, Ryan Howard. In the regular season, Howard hit .207 against lefties, and .319 against righties. If the Phillies are going to win this series, Howard will be a part of it. And the heavy left handed staff for the Yankees may come in the way of that. 
  4. Can A-Rod Continue?: With another series comes another question: Can A-Rod keep it up? He hit .455 in the LDS and .429 in the LCS. He has combined for 5 HR’s and 12 RBI’s. Toward the end of the series, the Angels began to pitch around him, and it will be interesting to see how the Phillies deal with him. In this lineup, you may need to pitch to him. 
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