Forget Justin Verlander, Pedro Martinez had the most dominant pitching season during your lifetime.
In 1999, he went 23-4 with a 2.07 ERA, 313 K’s, 37 walks, and 0.92 WHIP .
Or maybe it was the year 2000, when he went 18-6 with a 1.74 ERA, 284 K’s, 32 walks, and an UNGODLY 0.737 WHIP.
At 5’11/170, he possessed a mid to high 90’s fastball and some crazy breaking stuff. Pedro is an excellent example of a momentum pitcher. He has the quintessential latin windup in which nothing ever stops moving. Its like he’s dancing through it. There is no pause at the top.
Pedro is also an example of someone using their whole body from the “A” posture. His spine doesn’t contort the way Lincecum’s does, but he still throws his top half down on the ball the way Lincecum does.
Above all else, Pedro throws with his hips. He’s a top out there firing his lower body so rapidly that his back foot continues to rotate after the pitch.
Watch and learn.