Five Stat Friday

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez throws against the New York Yankees in the bottom of the first inning 28 May 2000 at Yankee Stadium in New York, NY. The Yankees and Red Sox are tied for first place in the American League East. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Matt CAMPBELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)

3. We all know that Pedro Martinez had a streak in the late 1990s and early 2000s where he was dominating baseball. But I do not know if people understand just how dominant he was at the time. His best season – and perhaps one of the greatest seasons by a starting pitcher ever – occurred in 2000. That season, he became the only pitcher ever – and is still the only pitcher ever – to record a season in which he had a bWAR above eleven, a SO/9 above eleven, and a BB/9 below two. Whether or not this is the most dominant season for a pitcher ever, we can all appreciate what Pedro Martinez did in 2000, especially since it was at the peak of the steroid era. (h/t baseball reference)

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