‘He did it facing a bad lineup’ is one of the weakest excuses of all time. Last time I checked, good pitchers pad their stats against weak teams. If a pitcher won 20 games, do you honestly think that every single one came against a team with a winning record and a top offence? Is Adam Wainwright a poor pitcher because his last four wins have come against four lesser offences? Yet previous to this four game winning streak, his last win was a shutout against the Dodgers. I could pick out a million examples of the above. It’s easy. Pedro has a proved hall of fame track record so him pitching shouldn’t come as a shock. Not to mention one of those ugly intangibles creeping into the picture…that being perhaps he is jacked up to be part of a team headed to the playoffs and is, like Floyd Mayweather Jr told us to do, stepping his game up.
I can’t wait until people in the mainstream get this. A player’s performance is not just what he does against the good teams or the bad teams. It’s the sum of what he does. By nature, a good team will have a higher winner percentage against bad teams than good because they are bad. As I am constantly having to tell people that because the Yankees pad their numbers against lesser teams does not prove how overrated they are. It just proves that they are a good team. Consider that next time you are having your “when it counts” fit.