Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Welcome Back Pedro, Now Do It Again

Welcome back Pedro. We fully expected you to get a win on this first outing. You're pitching against one of the worst offensive teams in baseball in a cavernous ballpark in a low pressure situation.

Thankfully you pulled through, but don't expect the monkey to be off your back quite yet. Now you have to replicate this effort across another 15 starts.

With the inconsistency that is Oliver Perez, Mike Pelfrey, (insert other starter here), the Mets need a solid Pedro. I don't expect him to throw a no hitter or strikeout 10 batters in a game, but I do expect him to pitch 6 innings and only give up 3 or fewer runs.

That's a recipe for success. Sure Pedro will blow an outing or two here or there, but by and large he has to be consistent (and healthy) for the Mets to succeed.

And going 2 for 3 at the plate, like he did last night, doesn't hurt either.

It's good to see you again Pedro. Feel free to stick around a bit longer this time.

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