Jerry Manuel went out of his way not to throw Pedro Martinez under the bus, but said enough to let it be known there’s not much left in his tank.
“With a couple of plays there, he might not have given up as many runs,’’ Manuel said. “He could have gotten out of there with maybe three runs.’’
Fine, that’s a 3-2 loss.
Manuel said Martinez’s velocity was better, but it still isn’t where it should be.
“I think this is what he has,’’ Manuel said of Martinez’s stuff. “I think he’s able to pitch with what he has. I think his instincts are enough at the major league level where he can complete.’’
Maybe so, but that’s also if the defense is there and the offense produces something.
“With two runs in 18 innings, we wouldn’t be able to beat anybody,’’ Manuel said.
Boil it down and Manuel is saying everything has to be perfect for Martinez to win, and who’s comfortable with that?