Dwight Gooden’s 12.2 WAR in 1985
How fantastic was Dwight Gooden in 1985? Well, the 12.2 WAR he posted ranks at number 25 all-time in MLB history. Everyone ahead of him bested this total in 1913 or earlier.
WAR didn’t even exist when Gooden had this all-time season. Instead, there were other fantastic numbers to help make this a known season for the ages.
Gooden set other franchise records. Included are a 1.53 ERA for starting pitchers, 8 shutouts, and several more modern numbers such as Adjusted Pitching Runs. Whichever number you want to put the most emphasis on, it was an amazing year.
Since Gooden set this mark, only Jacob deGrom in 2018 came close with a 9.6 pitching WAR. Tom Seaver has several seasons with Johan Santana and Pedro Martinez also squeezing into the franchise’s top ten.
Nothing has changed with the way WAR is calculated and there is a slim chance we do see someone knock Gooden off the top. Roger Clemens in 1997, Pedro Martinez in 2000, and Randy Johnson in 2002 are recent examples of guys who did have all-time years. None came all that close to reaching Gooden’s number.
Lance Johnson’s 227 hits in 1996
Twice in Mets history we’ve seen someone knock 200 hits. In 1996, Lance Johnson did that and a lot more when he finished the year with a franchise-record 227 hits. The total ranks at number 44 all-time in MLB history.
The only other time we saw a Mets player reach 200 hits was in 2008 when Jose Reyes went over the double-century mark with 204. Others have reached 190, but no one had enough to surpass 200.
Players still do reach the 200-hit mark. However, it’s not nearly as common. Jose Altuve did so four times in the last five seasons. In 2018, though, nobody did.
It’s not uncommon for a league to see zero men reach 200 hits. The National League has specifically had a tough time.
To show off how great 227 hits is, no National League hitter has had more since Johnson’s 1996 season. In fact, you have to go back to 1973 to find a player who had more. That year, Peter Rose led the league with 230 hits. Since, Johnson has come the closest.