Pedro Martinez vs. Mookie Betts: Who would win in this MLB dream matchup? | The Tylt
Baseball honors tradition more than any other sport in the United States and when a hotshot pitcher or hitter lights up MLB, he is compared to the greats of the past and whether or not his stuff can hold up. These dream matchups are fun to debate and we want to know who you think will come out on top. In this pairing, we have Pedro Martinez and Mookie Betts. Would Betts go for 4 for 10 against Martinez? What do you think? ⚾
Pedro Martinez vs. Mookie Betts: Who would win in this MLB dream matchup?
Baseball loves its folk heroes, telling stories of their towering home runs to their unstoppable pitches. The greats of today get compared to the icons of the past and fans try to figure out if talent can succeed in different eras. Would the sluggers of today get hits off the flamethrowers from yesteryear? Could the legendary hitters keep up with today's pitchers? Vote on our matchups and let us know what you think!
When Pedro Martinez was at the height of his powers, there was no one who could touch him. From 1997-2003, Martinez may have had the most dominant stretch of pitching ever. In seven years, he struck out 300 per 162 games and notched a low 2.20 ERA.
While some starting pitchers had two or three strong pitches, the Red Sox legend had five above-average pitches. He utilized three different fastballs, a curve and circle change. There is no batter that could figure out Martinez when he was on fire—not even Mookie Betts.
Mookie Betts might be struggling a bit in 2019, but he was unconscious at the plate in 2018. He led the American League with a .346 batting average and finishing second in MLB with a .438 on-base percentage, making him one of the toughest outs in all of baseball.
Martinez might have an array of pitches, but Betts has the eye and bat speed to react to anything. Betts takes this battle of Red Sox greats.