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Mets: Comparing some surprise 2018 seasons with historical performances

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08: Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets celebrates with teammates after defeating the Cincinnati Reds 8-0 at Citi Field on August 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08: Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets celebrates with teammates after defeating the Cincinnati Reds 8-0 at Citi Field on August 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
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Zack Wheeler

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.

Next. David Wright's best years from 2005-2008

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