BDD: Pedro Martinez Dazzles

At Baseball Daily Digest, I use Pitch F/X to illustrate just how brilliant Pedro was in his start last night against the Gigantes.

As you can see, eight of the nine strike threes came on a fastball of some kind (four-seam, two-seam, or cut). The first four strikeouts started with something off-speed. As the game progressed, Pedro relied more and more on his fastball: 14 of the 16 pitches thrown in the last three strikeouts were of the fastball variety, including 10 four-seamers.

More impressively, eight of the nine strike threes came on swing-and-misses. Aaron Rowand was the only one to get a backwards K.

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  1. Mark

    September 04, 2009 01:48 PM

    Now granted some of the balls that were put in play were hit pretty hard (Victorino’s last catch, Werth in foul play), but this was rather vintage. In terms of being a “pitcher” he is the best I’ve ever seen.

  2. ShooterB

    September 04, 2009 02:59 PM

    Er, yeah…just like I {cough} knew he would. What kind of idiot would doubt that Pedro could return to Cy Young form after 3 injury-ridden seasons and sitting out most of this year?

    So far, I stand corrected on all things Pedro. Not only is his magic “stuff” back, but he is showing no signs of rust from his long layoff or age. And what’s even more amazing is that I saw a copy of his real birth certificate, and he was actually born in Kenya 137 years ago. How does he do it!

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