Pedro Hall-worthy, and memorable Met

Pedro Martinez takes his deserved spot among baseball's immortals Tuesday, and though he won’t be wearing a New York Mets cap into the Hall of Fame, his time with the team was significant and well worth remembering.

Martinez becomes the 14th player and fifth pitcher in Mets history to be enshrined in Cooperstown. The other pitchers are Tom Seaver, Tom Glavine, Nolan Ryan and Warren Spahn.

Martinez signed a four-year contract with the Mets which paid him upwards of $50 million from 2005 to 2008. His signing in Dec. 2004 was the first in a series of bold moves by general manager Omar Minaya that transformed the Amazin's into pennant contenders.

Martinez’s Mets career was one that featured times of brilliance but also of quite a bit of frustration, as he had just one injury-free season.

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It was a heck of a season, that 2005, when Martinez went 15-8 with a 2.82 ERA and a league-leading 0.95 WHIP. He should have won more than that, but took no-decisions in games in which the Mets failed to hold 8-0 and 3-1 leads after standout Martinez outings.

His most memorable start as a Met may have been his second one, when he pitched a complete-game two-hitter to beat the Atlanta Braves and John Smoltz, 6-1, for Willie Randolph's first win as manager. Martinez also pitched a two-hit complete game with 12 strikeouts against the Houston Astros, and a well-remembered six-hit shutout against the Braves in mid-September.

Martinez made a bid for the first no-hitter in Mets history when he took one through one out in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers, only to be done in by an Antonio Perez triple and a subsequent two-run homer by Jayson Werth in a tough-luck 2-1 loss.

He was also good for some comic relief. In June of that season, the Shea Stadium sprinkler system went off mid-game of a start against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Martinez paused and laughed as he walked through the spray, then went back to work and earned a 6-1 win with eight impressive innings.

The next three seasons featured stops and starts due to arm trouble, and the Mets never got to see him at his best again. He got off to a great start in 2006 -- winning five straight decisions, including his 200th career game -- but injuries forced him to miss the postseason. He would reach another milestone by recording his 3,000th strikeout in 2007, but was never the same after the early part of 2006.

Martinez finished his stint with the Mets at 32-23 with a 3.88 ERA in 79 starts.

He also enjoyed great success against the Mets. His 12 wins against them are his second-most versus any team.

Martinez is one of four pitchers to start his career by winning his first 10 decisions against the Mets. The others are Juan Marichal, Sandy Koufax and Larry Jackson. At the time of his 10th win against them, he was 10-0 with a 1.46 ERA.

Martinez's 2.21 career ERA against the Mets is the second-best of anyone with at least 10 starts against them since Martinez first faced them in 1993. Only Steve Avery’s 2.00 in that span is better.

Martinez's best performances against the Mets came from 1994 to 1996, when he pitched a shutout in each season -- a three-hitter in 1994, a four-hitter in 1995 and a two-hitter in 1996. In the first one, he beat Dwight Gooden. In the last, he carried a no-hit bid through 6 1/3 innings.

There was symmetry to his success.

Martinez’s first major-league win came against the Mets on May 5, 1993. He pitched two innings of scoreless relief and got the victory when the Dodgers rallied for two runs in the eighth inning for a 6-5 win. His last regular-season win also came against the Mets, when he pitched eight scoreless innings in a 1-0 win for the Philadelphia Phillies on Sept. 13, 2009.

Martinez finished his major-league career with 219 wins and 100 losses. His .687 career winning percentage ranks second among those who made at least 200 starts since 1900, trailing only Whitey Ford (.690). That's elite company, indeed, as is his status as an all-time great.