Tonight at 7 against the division rival Atlanta Braves , Pedro Martinez is scheduled to make his 4th start in a Phillies uniform. However the weather may not be cooperating with Pedro as the Delaware Valley has been drenched all day with heavy rain and dark gray skies. A lot of the heaviest rain is still to the south of Philadelphia (6pm) and there is a high probability that they might not get the matchup versus Braves rookie Tommy Hanson in tonight.
This would be the second time in his last three starts that mother nature could play a key role. In his last home start against Arizona, Pedro only threw 3 innings before the rains came. He was relieved by the sulking Jamie Moyer, who fresh out of the pen went 6 shut out innings against the lowly D-Backs and got the win. It’s an important start for Pedro tonight as he continues to try and assure his new employers that they made the right decision by bumping Methusala from the rotation. He’s been good nowhere near great but that’s really all you can ask from a 5th starter. Even one who is a sure fire first ballot hall of famer.
Side Note: Tonight’s rain could also bump resident Superman Cliff Lee from his scheduled faceoff against Derek Lowe tomorrow. If you have sunday tickets and want to see Lee, I suggest you start doing a tribal rain dance right about now.