4 Greatest Pitchers in Mets History

Tristan Jung
Jacob deGrom is already making a case to be one of the best Mets pitchers of all time.
Jacob deGrom is already making a case to be one of the best Mets pitchers of all time. / Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Since 1962, the New York Mets have had a history of great pitching. From the 1969 World Series to the present day, the Mets have managed to have some of the most recognizable pitchers in the game.

With that in mind, here's a list of the four best pitchers in Mets history thus far.

4. Jerry Koosman

A perpetually underrated pitcher, Jerry Koosman was a fixture of the Mets' rotation for 12 seasons between 1967 and 1978. Koosman broke out early, and his 2.28 ERA in 1969 helped lead the Mets to a World Series title. While he benefitted from the pitcher-friendly era of the time, Koosman continued to pitch well throughout the 1970s, even as the Mets began to decline. Despite an ERA of 3.09 for his Mets career, he only made two All-Star teams and was runner-up in Cy Young voting just once.

3. Jacob deGrom

By the end of his time with the Mets, Jacob deGrom could firmly be in second place on this list. Per Baseball-Reference, deGrom has already risen to fourth in career Wins Above Replacement (WAR) in Mets' history. In just six seasons, deGrom has won back-to-back Cy Young Awards and currently holds a career ERA of 2.62. At just 31 years old, deGrom is signed with the Mets through 2023 and has shown no signs of slowing down. Six years in, he's on track for the Hall of Fame.

2. Dwight Gooden

Of course, being on a Hall of Fame pace six years into your career doesn't necessarily guarantee a spot. No one would know that better than Dwight Gooden, who had one of the best three-year runs of all time for any pitcher from 1984-1986. In 1985, Gooden posted a 24-4 record with a 1.53 ERA and 2.13 fielding-independent pitching (FIP). A power pitcher who struck out a ridiculous 544 batters in his first two years, Gooden was set to become an all-time great before off-field issues derailed his career. Gooden still had a 3.10 ERA over 11 years in New York, but he will always have fans wondering what could've been.

1. Tom Seaver

Tom Seaver is the greatest pitcher in Mets history and one of the best pitchers of all time. Breaking out with Koosman in 1967, Seaver won Rookie of the Year and then followed it up with 10 magnificent seasons in New York. In addition to anchoring the team to the 1969 World Series and the 1973 pennant, Seaver won three Cy Young Awards. His career Mets ERA was 2.57, and his absurd strikeout numbers for his era have cemented his place in history. The end of his Mets tenure came, in typical Mets fashion, with an ignominious trade to the Cincinnati Reds. Of course, he thrived in the majors for another 10 seasons, including one with the Mets in 1983, before becoming a First Ballot Hall of Famer.

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