Pedro Martinez is leading the National League in Opponent’s slugging percentage.That usually wouldn’t be a surprise considering the fact that he is Pedro Martinez. That being said, Pedro is doing so despite the fact that he is giving up 1.26 home runs/9 innings pitched. Pedro’s strikeout rate is a healthy 9.22 k/9 but that’s not the primary reason he’s leading the league in slugging percentage against. Pedro’s BABIP is an abnormally low .224 this season right now. Normally, that could be chalked up to small sample size but this year is continuing a trend that was evident last season. Pedro’s BABIP last season was .241. Why is Pedro’s BABIP so low as a Met? Pedro’s BABIP have been in the normal range for most of his career. Is it just a fluke? Are roughly 340 innings a big enough sample to suggest otherwise? Here are some things that I think might be possible explanations:
1) Pedro has become an extreme flyball pitcher. His G/F ratio is .73.
2) Pedro has been unlucky to have given up so many homers and that some of the homers “should” be extra base hits. (Pedro’s given up 17 homers but only 13 doubles and 1 triple.)