Charlie Manuel, your thoughts?
“What I saw of him last year was, basically, he could give you five or six innings, probably,” he said. “His fastball is going to be 85-90, 86-90, somewhere in there. He’s still got a good changeup and he’s got a good curveball. He’s got a good feel for pitching. I haven’t seen him since last year.”
Manuel has said he is looking for a horse to replace Brett Myers. Manuel also just said Martinez is a guy who could go five or six innings — probably. Does that qualify him as a horse?
“When I talk about a starter, I’m talking about a guy who’s top of the rotation,” he said. “I’m talking about a one or a two. Some guy that can take us through seven, eight innings. Or when he goes out there to pitch, you think on that day, you’ve got a good chance of beating somebody or shutting somebody out.
“I think the five-inning pitcher, I think you can find those guys. Also, for myself — and don’t get me wrong, I want anybody that can improve our team, that means pitcher or position player or whatever — but at the same time, I’m a firm believer that in the Major Leagues today, if you go back and look and you look at All-Star teams and things like that, the good pitchers are young pitchers. Young pitchers with high-ceiling stuff, plus they’re good enough right now to throw strikes.”
That doesn’t sound like Martinez to me. The problem is, the young stud with the great arm probably isn’t going to be available.
It was tough to find a photo of Manuel and Martinez, but I got one.