Pitcher seasons in Mets history with at least 27 starts, a sub-3.40 ERA, a K/9 of 9 or more, and a BB/9 of 3 or fewer:
Tom Seaver, 1971
David Cone, 1990 and 1991
Jacob deGrom, 2015 and 2018
Noah Syndergaard, 2016
Zack Wheeler, 2018
Besides this being sadly indicative of the Mets’ waste of a superhuman rotation (spend money, won’t you!), it’s extraordinary and even surprising how far Wheeler has come.
A preposterous second half (2.21 ERA, .536 OPS against in final 14 starts) has propelled him into top-tier territory; if Wheeler can pitch like this for most of 2019, watch out.
Bonus: Jason Vargas
Let’s end on a bad note. I mean hey, it’s the Mets.
Pitchers since 2012 with 15 starts, over 8 strikeouts per 9 innings, 6.20 ERA, and 80 innings:
Jake Arrieta, 2012
Josh Johnson, 2013
Anibal Sanchez, 2017
Ubaldo Jimenez, 2017
Jason Vargas, 2018
Vargas allowed opponents to a 144 OPS+ this season. Otherwise known as one Matt Carpenter.
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But hey, how ’bout those strikeout numbers?