Tag:Pedro Martinez
Posted on: March 17, 2009 1:22 pm
Edited on: March 17, 2009 1:23 pm

Tigers closer of the future...

I no longer am on the Joel Zumaya bandwagon. He is a potential injury-risk sleeper as a middle reliever, but this spring has taught me Ryan Perry is the Tigers' closer of the future. You gotta love the next 100 mph arm. This one is more healthy right now. I like Perry so much, I am dumping FA flier Pedro Martinez in our very deeper AL-only Analysts league with a bid on Perry.

Again, I hope my leaguemates don't scoop me on this, but I was so excited by Perry's potential to close this season, I thought I would tell the world even before I officially get him in a claim myself.

As for my giving up on Martinez, it looks like he will sign with the Dodgers or Mets at this point. And all the teams rumored to be interested are from the NL. Pedro is a safe dump in AL-only formats right now.



Posted on: July 2, 2008 11:36 am

Video notes for Pitching Planner

This week's notes for the Pitching Planner video:

-- Troy Percival back on the DL. Dan Wheeler and Grant Balfour likely to share save opportunities for the next few weeks, but Percival won't be out long. He didn't want to come out of the game in the first place and the Rays are being extra cautious.

-- Brett Myers is back in Triple-A to work on some things. He is out until late July and will be the equivalent of a trade-deadline acquisition for the first-place Phillies. J.A. Happ get a look now, perhaps prospect Carlos Carrasco later, but the Phillies are likely in play for one of the aces on a market -- Erik Bedard, C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Greg Maddux or even Bronson Arroyo.

-- Sidney Ponson didn't do so bad in his first start with the Yankees. What kind of leagues should we trust this guy in right now?

-- Francisco Liriano and David Price were smoking in their past minor league starts. Yep, they're good. Second half stars we like tracking every time they sneeze.

Must-start two-start pitcher(s) ... pick and choose your underrated hero here:
Ricky Nolasco FLA
(07/07) @ SD Josh Banks
(07/13) @ LA Chad Billingsley
66 percent owned 55 percent starting

Matt Garza TB
(07/07) vs. KC Gil Meche
(07/12) @ CLE Cliff Lee 
79 percent owned 52 percent starting

Manny Parra MIL
(07/08) vs. COL Jeff Francis
(07/13) vs. CIN Daryl Thompson
74 percent owned 48 percent starting

Must-sit, two-start pitcher ... last week Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, this week...
Pedro Martinez NYM
(07/07) @ PHI Adam Eaton
(07/12) vs. COL Ubaldo Jimenez
79 percent owned 39 percent starting

Two-start sleepers ... owned in less than 50 percent of CBSSports.com's leagues
Mike Pelfrey NYM
(07/08) vs. SF Kevin Correia 
(07/13) vs. COL Jeff Francis 
27 percent owned 13 percent starting

Jorge Campillo ATL
(07/07) @ LA Hiroki Kuroda 
(07/13) @ SD Josh Banks
35 percent owned 24 percent starting

... And with an Amber Wilson wink and smile: Good luck with your rotations guys!


Posted on: June 4, 2008 12:37 pm

Video notes for Pitching Planner

-- Smoltz out for the season, Soriano likely closer with Acosta/Gonzalez as his double-barrel setup men
-- Joel Zumaya just needs back-to-backs before returning... he could be the Tigers closer before July now .. Rodney also coming back
-- Joba's disappointing debut. You expected too much, it will get better
-- Pedro Martinez had a better (re)debut than Joba... can he be a trustworthy Fantasy ace?

Must-start, two-start pitcher
Randy Johnson ARI
(06/09) @ PIT Zach Duke 
(06/14) vs. KC Luke Hochevar
93 percent owned 75 percent starting

Must-sit, two-start pitcher
Dontrelle Willis DET
(06/09) vs. CLE Cliff Lee 
(06/14) vs. LA Clayton Kershaw 
64 percent owned 20 percent starting

Two-start sleepers
Homer Bailey CIN
(06/10) vs. STL Todd Wellemeyer
(06/15) vs. BOS Josh Beckett
46 percent owned 13 percent starting

John Lannan WAS
(06/09) vs. SF Matt Cain
(06/14) @ SEA Jarrod Washburn 
25 percent owned 16 percent starting


Posted on: May 29, 2008 9:07 am

Video notes for the Pitching Planner

This week's notes for the Pitching Planner video

-- Joba needed in rotation now
-- Pedro Martinez returns to Mets rotation
-- Dice-K hurt, what's Boston to do? Ho-Hum... Buchholz and Masterson are ready
-- Woah, David Price is pretty good, eh?

Must-start, two-start pitcher
Oliver Perez NYM
(06/02) @ SF Jonathan O. Sanchez
(06/08) @ SD Wil Ledezma 
87 percent owned 57 percent starting

Two-start pitcher to avoid
Joba Chamberlain NYY
(06/03) vs. TOR Roy Halladay 
(06/08) vs. KC Zack Greinke 
90 percent owned 45 percent starting

Two-start sleepers
Tim Wakefield BOS
(06/03) vs. TB Matt Garza 
(06/08) vs. SEA Erik Bedard 
38 percent starting 20 percent owned

Clay Buchholz or Justin Masterson BOS
(06/02) @ BAL Jeremy Guthrie 
(06/07) vs. SEA Miguel Batista
Buchholz 47 percent owned 7 percent starting
Masterson 6 percent owned 1 percent starting


Posted on: May 21, 2008 6:02 pm

Video notes for Pitching Planner

My latest notes for the Week 9 Pitching Planner video:

-- Pedro Martinez was trying to return for May 30-June 1 series
-- Francisco Liriano has made progress in Triple-A of late
-- Dontrelle Willis returning to the Tigers rotation, who is out?
-- Seth McClung replaces Carlos Villanueva in Brewers rotation
-- All-Star voting season ... can't vote on pitchers, who are my starters? Webb and Dice-K, not Lee

Must-start two-start pitcher(s) -- two rookies of note this week
Johnny Cueto CIN
(05/27) vs. PIT Ian Snell 
(06/01) vs. ATL Jair Jurrjens
86 percent owned 52 percent starting

Jair Jurrjens ATL
(05/26) vs. ARI Brandon Webb 
(06/01) @ CIN Johnny Cueto 
89 percent owned 65 percent starting

Must-sit two-start pitcher
Andy Sonnanstine TB
(05/27) vs. TEX Vicente Padilla 
(06/01) vs. CHW Mark Buehrle
70 percent owned 53 percent starting

Two-start sleepers
Darrell Rasner NYY
(05/26) @ BAL Garrett Olson 
(06/01) @ MIN Nick Blackburn 
37 percent owned 23 percent starting

Paul Byrd CLE
(05/26) vs. CHW Javier Vazquez
(06/01) @ KC Brian Bannister 
30 percent owned 20 percent starting


Posted on: April 2, 2008 5:01 pm
Edited on: April 2, 2008 5:11 pm

My video notes for Week 2's Pitching Planner

I will try to provide my video notes every week before my videos are done. This season, I will be doing the Pitching Planner on Thursdays with Amber Wilson. Then on Mondays, I will have the Fantasy Basebrawl with David Gonos.

It is much nicer to sit next to Amber, sure, but arguing with Gonos should be natural for me. He is easy to argue with.

Also, we have Fantasy Hit and Run podcast once a week -- usually Tuesdays with David Gonos or what's his face (Scott White).

Here are my notes for Week 2's Pitching Planner video:

Injury outs ...
Pedro Martinez to the DL ... was slated to be a two-start pitcher
Doug Davis after April 8 to have thyroid cancer surgery

Injury ins ...
Andy Pettitte (back) on April 5
John Smoltz (Shoulder) on April 6
Josh Beckett (back) April 6 or a two-start pitcher in Fantasy Week 2
Yovani Gallardo (knee) not until April 14 at the earliest, sit him in Week 2
Chad Gaudin (hip) back on April 12
Shawn Hill (forearm) on April 13
Luis Mendoza (blister) on April 12
Perhaps Orlando Hernandez (foot) on April 12
Perhaps Randy Johnson (back) on April 13 in place of Davis
B.J. Ryan perhaps late in Fantasy Week 2, but not as a closer

Two-start sleepers owned in less than 50 percent of leagues

Jair Jurrjens ATL
Aaron Cook
Matt Chico 

49 percent owned 28 started

Mike Hampton ATL
Ubaldo Jimenez
Tim Redding 

29 percent owned 17 started

Joe Saunders ANA
vs. CLE
Fausto Carmona
Carlos Silva 

28 percent owned 18 started


Posted on: February 29, 2008 12:54 pm
Edited on: February 29, 2008 1:18 pm

Pedro: 'Johan's going to put up a show'

PORT ST. LUCIE -- Johan Santana might be the new kid on the block, but Pedro Martinez remains the elder statesman -- one that will always be a silly kid.

"Johan is going to put up a show out there; don't miss that!" Martinez hamming it up and telling anyone who would listen in the Mets clubhouse as the media was ushered out before Santana's Met debut. "You don't get a second chance to see the first chance."

Martinez just finished his first live batting practice session of the spring and was changing in his locker when he wondered why no one wanted to know how he did. He answered his own question, apparently needing to talk to someone, so he just had a conversation with himself.

"I know, Johan's pitching in 45 minutes," Martinez said. "I no important anymore. ... Old age. You know you can forget."

The locker arrangement in the Mets clubhouse suggests something else about who the big man is. Pedro has two lockers side-by-side, next to the single locker of Johan Santana. Oliver Perez and Orlando Hernandez are to the left and John Maine is on the end (No. 5 starter candidate Mike Pelfrey is across the walkway after the top bullpen arms).

The fact Pedro has two lockers to Santana's one is a bit surprising. We guess $55 million three winters ago is worth more than $150 million today in the locker heirarchy. Inflation.

As Santana was in the workout room swinging a barbell, Martinez stripped off his practice gear in that second locker to get ready for what he calls "the real work" -- his afterthrowing workout.

"I'll be watching," he said, hurrying to get his workout done before Santana takes the mound. "I haven't been on the mound much (the past year-plus). He can teach me a few things."

Martinez is scheduled to throw another live batting practice Monday before he makes his spring debut Thursday night 30 miles up I-95 at Viera against the Nationals.

"I will only pitch night games," Pedro said, half kidding.

His live BP session was watched by owner Fred Wilpon, Willie Randolph and Rick Peterson. Martinez said he felt good, but he didn't push it.

"It's Friday, difficult to grip breaking balls," he joked.

Apparently, Pedro's pitches work differently on weekends. Make note of that in Fantasy leagues (kidding, of course.

Before departing for his cardio he was telling stories about the kids half his age that train with him in the Dominican.

"Are you gonna kill us today," they asked Senior Pedro, their most famous but not quite Santana-rich workout partner. "They compain of two hours of work and haven't made it yet. After all these years, I am still doing it -- working three times harder than they are."

Pedro, with a noticeable scar on the front of his left shoulder but not his right, is very aware of his age, joking about it with anyone who will listen. In fact, the free spirit seemingly has to always joke with anyone. If no one is around, he jokes with himself.

But he does make sure people know who is in charge. A drink spills in his first locker and he calls for a clubhouse attendant to clean it up. It didn't take long for a kid to arrive, who was probably not much older than his workout partners in the Dominican.

"That's what happen. That's what happens when you get old," Martinez said of the locker accident.

Speaking of old, Andres Galarraga was visiting in the Mets clubhouse -- a lot thicker and more gray than a fews years. He finished with the Mets.

The game is starting. Strike one for Santana. Game blog is coming next.


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