When history is made in baseball, half the planet is there to chronicle it. But when history is unmade, well, apparently that's Three Strikes' niche. So on with this blogThe fate of all starting pitchers in the '00s was riding on it. Huh? How's that? Well, as loyal reader Eric Orns reported to us recently, there had been only one "decade" since 1900 -- the 1920s -- that didn't produce at least one starting pitcher who had an ERA under 3.00. But as Pedro headed for the mound Wednesday, he was the only remaining starter in the '00s who still had a shot. In fact, he began the night with an ERA of exactly 3.00 for the "decade." So the pressure was on. Here was his assignment:
STRIKE ONE -- TAKE THE OVER DEPT.Little did Pedro Martinez know that when he took the mound in Philadelphia on Wednesday, there was much, much more than the Phillies' NL East clincher riding on it.
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