Forecast mixed for Pedro's debut
Mets star likes warm weather, but wind may pose issues
MIAMI -- Pedro Martinez isn't a video watcher like many of his pitching peers. He does his scouting on the mound, reading hitters' reactions to his pitches. While other pitchers study videos on clubhouse laptops, Martinez is more likely to check the weather report, hoping for heat, humidity and a better feel for the ball, a by-product of heat and humidity.
It comes as no surprise then that Martinez prefers to pitch in South Florida, the big league home of heat and humidity. Dolphin Stadium, though hardly made for baseball, is made for him because of climate. Indeed, he has produced a 5-2 record and 1.89 ERA in 10 career starts in the home of the Marlins, as opposed to a 1-4 record and 3.90 ERA in nine career starts against them in Montreal, Boston and New York. Other factors enter into the disparity of those numbers -- chill in those cities and how much Martinez enjoys pitching before friends and family who often flock to see his starts in Miami. But the numbers are the numbers.
What Martinez doesn't want in a forecast is wind. He made that point several times during Spring Training. Wind makes the baseball feel slick and undermines his touch pitches. And the forecast for the Mets' second game, Tuesday night, is wind.
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.