But when Pedro makes such few precious starts, of course they're events. Hopefully one day we'll get to the point where we can expect Petey to go every five days instead of having his three starts a month be events like when the amusement park used to come to the Shea Stadium parking lot during the west coast road trip and it was a big deal because it wouldn't stay very long. That's what Petey's become.
But in the scale of Pedro Martinez Returns From Injury, this one was damn good. Three runs in five innings would have been fine. But Willie Randolph needed a sixth inning ... probably because Oliver Perez caused the bullpen to go on overload on Monday. And Petey went out and gutted one more out in cool weather after two months off.
And I for one hope that Oliver Perez took note of that. Maybe seeing a pitcher battle with his own eyes will get through his head more than Billy Wagner talking about battling can ever do.