Pedro Martinez has put together an incredible career. He is the most dominant pitcher of our time, and a lock for the Hall of Fame. At 5’11 and 175 pounds, his career feats are amazing.
The knock on Pedro is that he was too injury prone and did not win enough games to be considered a first ballot hall of famer. In this article, i will show you why this is untrue, and it is up to you whether you will agree or disagree. When looking at my analysis, take into consideration that these numbers were accumlated during the peak of the MLB’s Stroid Era.
Pedro Martinez has a career winning percentage of .687%. This is 2nd all-time amongst pitchers with 200+ wins. He is a mere .003% behind the all-time leader Whitey Ford. In my opinion, this is the single most important statistic when looking at MLB starting pitchers. Pedro is also 13th in all-time strikeouts with 3,154, and is 3rd all-time in strikeouts per nine innings with 10.04K/9. Pedro also displayed amazing control as he ranks third all time in strikeout to walk ratio which is 4.15.
Pedro Martinez has also won 3 cy young awards in his career, while being robbed of the award in 2002 when his numbers were better in every category than the actual winner, Barry Zito. On top of being an all-star selection 8 times, Pedro led the league in Earned Run Average 5 times as well as leading the league in strikeouts 3 times. In 1999, Pedro won the Pitching Triple Crown, leading the league in wins, strikeouts, and ERA. He also won a championship with the Red Sox in 2004 which single handedly solidifies his hall of fame approval.
I’m not saying Pedro is the best pitcher of all-time, but his dominance can not be overlooked. Had he maintained his dominance for 2 or 3 more years there would be no debate on who the best pitcher of all time is.