It sounds like Pedro Martinez might have thrown his last pitch for the 2005 Mets. Pedro has thrown 217 innings this year and has appeared a bit weary of late, though his performance hasn't necessarily shown it.
"This is normal, how we feel," he said. "Except when you have a reason, when you have a playoff hunt, when you have big adrenaline driving you, sometimes those things are overlooked. At this point, we're just waiting to see when we're going to be disqualified or whatever, and it's not the same drive. I'm used to being in the hunt and being in the fight, fighting for every single out. We'll see."
IP ERA H K BB HR 217.0 2.82 159 208 47 19It would actually mark the first time since 1995 that Pedro had fewer strikeouts than innings pitched, but he still struck out just about a batter per inning, an outstanding ratio.
Here is a breakdown of Pedro's starts by runs allowed:
0 runs: 5
1 run: 7
2 runs: 7
3 runs: 5
4 runs: 2
5 runs: 5
The five starts with five runs allowed is a little bit surprising given his low ERA, but he never allowed more than five runs and 19 times (out of 3 1 starts) he allowed two runs or less.