Pedro Martinez’s 1997 Pitching Season

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Pedro Martinez

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In 1997, Pedro Martinez recorded one of the finest pitching seasons in Washington Nationals history. Playing as a member of the then Montreal Expos, Martinez started 31 games for the franchise and ended the season with a record of 17 wins, fifth in all of Major League Baseball (MLB). He finished the year with 305 strike outs, 67 walks, and just 16 home runs allowed. His 9.0 win above replacement (WAR) rating stands as the highest single league mark in Washington Nationals history nearly two decades later.

At 1.90, Pedro Martinez led the league in earned run average, an achievement that led to Martinez winning the 1997 pitching title. He managed to lead the league in ERA despite pitching a league high 13 complete games and more than 241 total innings. During the season Martinez was named to the 1997 National League All Star team. He received a number of additional accolades at the close of the season, including being named winner of the National League Cy Young Award.