Purgatory Online

Friday, November 08, 2002

Barry Zito wins the AL Cy Young. Mike Wells, of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, is quoted as saying that "Pedro cashed it in by not playing the last week of the season," referring to Martinez's seeming refusal to risk injury in what he called "meaningless games." I'd forgotten about that. At the time, the Red Sox were still mathematically alive, and the Angels were struggling. A good argument for Zito, I'd say, especially since a good chunk of the difference in their innings pitched was at Pedro's option, rather than because of injury or circumstance.