Originally Posted by dougdirt
Relative to the competitors, Bonds 2002 was still better than anyone in the history of the game.
On the pitching side of things, things get murkier, but I still say that what Pedro Martinez did in 2000 was the most incredible pitching performance ever. Height of the steroid era, he posted a 1.74 ERA in a hitter friendly park with a 0.74 WHIP, 128 hits, 284 strikeouts and 32 walks in 217 innings (I will admit, the innings total does work against him). That 1.74 ERA led the American League. The guy who finished in second place? Roger Clemens, who posted a 3.70 ERA. His ERA+ of 291 is second only to Tim Keefe in 1880 (in just 12 games).
Pedro's 1999-2001 is probably the most dominant 3 year stretch in history for a pitcher. I think the debate would be between pedros late 90's early 2000's and Koufax's mid 60's