So it's the 27th of September and it is Pedro's 3rd start since returning from about a month's absence. Normally, from start to start a pitcher of Pedro's caliber would improve in some fashion, be it with command, velocity, movement or at least the ability to control the game. Unfortunately, neither of those improvements came Pedro's way.
In only 2.2 innings, Pedro allowed 7 earned runs. Now understand this, I don't expect Pedro to give up anything less than what Trachsel gives up on any given start. Pedro is rehabbing an injury that has been more than troublesome in many ways, both for him as well as his teammates. They want Pedro in. The only problem is, his body is not ready for him.
Obviously, I am simply a blog writer on one of the most popular blog sites there are, however I feel I am a pretty good judge on mechanics, and overall performance. Pedro's calf is not even 70% and his body won't let him adjust properly. Take into consideration the facts that Pedro has issues with a tear in his shoulder, an ailing hip, and a special cleat on the right foot which may actually be source of his injured calf.
Cleats like this have not been tested before in long term use. Pedro was the first to try it and this issue will not go away this year. I don't expect him to use this cleat anymore, ever again. Remind me to never by a pair of Nike cleats. New Balance, or Diesel shoes for me, thank you.
Now we have to look at the situation at hand. Pedro will not be starting game one of the playoffs. He would be lucky to pitch at all this post season. If the Mets were wise, they would shut him down and let him heal as much as possible. The Mets are good enough to get through the first series, depending on who they start. Don't start Pedro. If anything at all, put him in the pen. He has no chance of being a successful starter against the best teams in baseball in his condition.
Sure, call me crazy, an idiot, a stupid blogger with no major league scouting experience. That will be fine. I don't need to be that sane, a genius, a Pulitzer prize winning writer or paid big bucks simply for my opinion on players talents. Just watch for yourselves and you will see that the Mets should really be considering, starting Pelfrey, Perez, Maine and Humber these last few games to get a feel on how they can help. Each of them are already showing more than what Pedro has his last 3 starts.
This is where we get to see if Willie really is as good of a manager as people claim he is. Get the best out of your players, young and inexperienced, like Valentine did. Now, more than ever, he needs to or he can watch his contract extension fade away like his players talents in September.