Look, I have hated Pedro Martinez since he moved to Boston a decade or so ago. With that said, his recent comments have me rethinking my position on him, and am feeling much more respect and appreciation for this guy. For those that missed it, he pointed out he was able to dominate the Steroid Era without the "funny fuel". Yes a shot at Roger, but it is in fact - true. Looking at his ERA, # of CY Youngs and his Winning %, I'm of the opinion that perhaps he is the best pitcher of the modern era instead of Clemens. - any takers on that one?
Oh the Irony of Carl Pavano. In addition to him being a lifetime member of the DL, he was almost the reason why another player would be making a stop there as well. LaTroy Hawkins tripped and fell in the clubhouse. He ended up being OK I guess. The culprit? Hawkins stumbled on what turned out to be a duffel bag that was left in the middle of the floor in the locker room. The owner of the bag was the same person who left it there, our boy, Carl Pavano.
We've talked a lot about how our projected starters could do in '08 in terms of anticipating a solid rotation (Mussina, Hughes, Pettitte, Kennedy, Chamberlain, and Wang). We've talked about how the 2nd line of defense looks should one of those guys go down (Karstens, Steven White, maybe even Chase Wright). Only on rare occasion have we bothered to bring up the name Kei Igawa. Granted for good reason. But, it seems to me every pitcher has a one year adjustment to NY. Maybe his adjustment was a little harder to take given it was a move to a different part of the world. So, who knows, maybe in his sophomore season he can deliver something that has major league stuff this season. I'd be satisfied with a handful of spot starts and an ERA under 4.50.
One thing is for sure, we are heading into the Spring loaded with a lot of arms - quanity or quality?