I don’t know how else to say it, but Jim Kaat should just shut the f*ck up about how “Pedro is a better pitcher now than when he had all the firepower”. Pedro Martinez was always a crafty, intelligent pitcher who had the ability to blow guys away but oftentimes got guys out with majorly clever pitching patterns and not gas. But he is simply NOT better now than he was in his most dominant season. He’s the SAME EXACT PITCHER WITH LESS “STUFF”, hence his higher ERA, lower strikeout total, higher home run total, lesser win total. If his numbers were close to what they have been, Kaat would have a reasonable case, but they simply aren’t, and he’s flat-out wrong. I have seen a lot of Pedro, far more than Kaat, I presume, and he’s misguided. Worse, his argument is the kind of knee-jerk idiocy that smart-ass broadcasters (like Kaat and McCarver) throw out there to make us think they have an inner knowledge that us fans don’t, that they know something special. It’s insulting.
So, ENOUGH already with this cop-out of an analysis. If he says it again I am going to hunt him down and tape his mouth shut, once and for all. And then I am going after Stirling.