No reason to panic yet, but Pedro Martinez’ start this year warrants at least some concern. YF’s bombastic comments about Pedro after his second (and masterful) start were premature, just as any “he’s done” post might have been (and please note that no such post was ever made). However, Pedro is clearly not near what he was the last 3 or 4 years at this point in the season. It’s noticeable. His velocity is down, his arm angle is different (according to the experts, not me – that’s not something I am trained to notice after a couple of games), and he is walking guys (a huge issue). He’s generally getting hit hard – these aren’t bleeders falling in.
Pedro’s wily, he has an insane changeup, he’s incredibly smart and has exhibited, in the past, the ability to adapt to his stuff, which is why there is no reason to jump ship yet. Though stubborn off the mound, he’s proven to be not that while on the rubber. But there is reasonable cause for concern. It’s about consistency – Pedro may still have starts like his second one in him, but if they come every third start or so that’s the big (and troubling) development. Let’s hope some warm weather does the trick – the coming three weeks or so will tell us much.