3) Tom Seaver – 401
Our final starting pitcher on this list is the great Tom Seaver. What can we say about Seaver you may not already know? One of the greatest pitchers of all-time appeared in 401 games for the Mets. His numbers are unmatched by everyone else to put on the team’s uniform.
There aren’t many Mets records Seaver isn’t number one at. The three-time Cy Young winner made 30+ starts for the team in each full season he spent with New York. He put up legendary numbers few men have matched since.
I could gush forever on Seaver’s career and just how amazing he was. I’ll save that for another day when we’re talking about something other than appearances by pitchers.
2) Pedro Feliciano – 484
From an obvious member of this club to a not-so-obvious one, we arrive at number two on our list. Can you believe Pedro Feliciano has pitched in more games than every other Mets pitcher other than one man?
All 484 games of Feliciano’s big league career took place as a member of the Mets organization. From 2008-2010, he led the league in appearances each time. His personal high of 92 in 2010 likely led to the injuries which held him out for two straight years.
Feliciano was a special left-handed specialist during some of the better years of Mets baseball this millennium. As the saying goes, the best ability is availability. Feliciano always made himself available. Unfortunately, it took away from a complete career.
1) John Franco – 695
The man who pitched in more games for the Mets than anyone else is the hometown kid, John Franco. Sometimes beloved, sometimes jeered, Franco pitched in 695 games for the Metropolitans. The total trounces everyone else by a large margin. Likely, it’s a mark no one will ever match given the existence of free agency and other factors.
Franco first joined the Mets in 1990 after six successful years with the Cincinnati Reds. During this time, he was often the go-to closer for New York. For Franco, longevity was the biggest factor in accruing this many games as he never pitched in more than 61 in any single year.
Opinions of Franco do vary. Considering we saw him pitch in more games than anyone else, it makes sense why his career had those high and low points.
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