Pedro’s Rainbow             
Scott Glab, BaseballEvolution.com
 
            Check out these two stat lines:
 
   W  L   IP     H    R    ER  HR  BB  SO   ERA
 
A 16  9  217.0  193   99   94  26  61  227  3.90
 
B 13 10  216.7  189  100   89  19  70  222  3.70
 
Very similar, huh?  A is Pedro Martinez, 2004.  B is
Pedro Martinez, 1996.  Arched very high between them
is Pedro's 2000 effort, perhaps the best season by a
pitcher ever.  
 
Of course, Pedro has more refined stuff now than he
did as a 24-year old, and is likely to have several
more excellent seasons ahead of him, barring
catastrophe.  But, these two years were the highest
ERAs of his career.