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The Red Sox already knew Baby Pedro well

Just one month into his 22nd year on Earth, right-handed pitcher Carlos Martinez played a crucial bridge role for the St. Louis Cardinals in their Game 2 World Series win Thursday night in Boston.

Featuring his upper 90’s heat and a wicked curve, Martinez not only pitched his customary eighth inning ahead of closer Trevor Rosenthal, he also recorded the three outs in the seventh. The two-inning stint followed six strong frames by starter Michael Wacha.

Martinez fanned three, induced three ground balls and allowed just one hit. 19 of his 24 pitches went for strikes.

The Dominican native is called “Baby Pedro” by some due to his resemblance to fellow countryman and future Red Sox Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez.

The Sox already knew about Carlos – all too well. In early 2009, then going by the name Carlos Matias, the 17-year-old agreed in principle to a deal with Boston which would have netted him a $160,000 bonus. That contract was voided and Matias was suspended for a year after irregularities in the pitcher’s family background were uncovered.

Reported first by The Cardinal Nation, in April 2010, St. Louis signed Matias/Martinez to a contract that included a $1.5 million bonus that was paid once his testing and background checks were successfully completed.

Martinez later told me about the identity confusion. “I live with my grandfather and uncle,” he explained. “I never knew my father and my mother is dead.” The adoptive uncle’s surname is Matias, a name Carlos had assumed as his own.

With their big Game 2 win, Martinez’ Cardinals are very much alive in the World Series over his once proposed but shunned baseball home in Boston.

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6 Responses to “The Red Sox already knew Baby Pedro well”

  1. Bw52 says:

    CMartinez seems to pitch better out of the pen instead of starting.With his great pitches it might be better to keep him in the pen from now on.
    Wainwright,Lynn,Garcia,Wacha,Miller,Kelly with Lyons,Cooney
    Choate,Freeman,Siegrist,Maness,Butler,Salas,Axford,Rosenthal and CMartinez and Motte.
    Pretty good bunch to pick 5 SP and 7 BP guys.
    Molina and Cruz at C
    Adams 1B
    2B MCarpenter,Wong,DD
    3B Freese?
    SS Kozma and somebody thru a trade or FA signing
    LF Hollidsay
    CF Jay Robinson

    RF Craig Joey Butler

    Some needs;
    Veteran minor league FA C to work with young staff at AAA and provide vet depth Rob Johnson
    RH bench bat
    A Cheap veteran 3B option in case of another Freese funk .
    Some running speed either thru SS trade or OF depth
    Improve the bench.

  2. Bw52 says:

    Several very good bullpen outings seem good enough to make a statement concerning his major league success so far.

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    So we are in pretty good shape.

    While Jake Peavy knows his way around the mound, he seems beatable. Once he had a strong arm like Kelly, but that was many miles of pitches ago. I like a Kelly vs. Peavy matchup. Its also nice to see Napoli or Ortiz parked on the pines, unable to start. They are the best hitters for the Sox and one has to sit. Sweet.

    Last night was a nice win, because Wacha proved human and surrendered a HR, but we rallied and the Red Sox made errors. Weirdly, Jay got a hit, while the slowest team in baseball showed its respect for Saltamachia by double stealing behind Super Pete. Lackey is getting long in the tooth. If there were to be a game 6 rematch, Wacha vs Lackey favors us.

    The Sox pitcher for Game 4 is good, Bucholtz. He must be hurting not to get the start in Game 3. I like Lynn against their wounded guy. For Game 5, Wainwright is coming off an embarrassing game and will be fired up. By then, the Sox should be thinking about off-season plans.

    Game 2 was a must win for the Sox and they fizzled.

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