In a look back through New York Mets history, we gander at the ten highest WAR totals to lead the team in a single season.
Whether you agree with what it means or not, many baseball fans can at least acknowledge WAR means something. The number meant to represent the total number of wins they provide a team over the average ballplayer, WAR is growing in popularity even if many don’t fully understand what it measures. New York Mets in the past put up some incredibly high WAR numbers but did so before the statistic was even born.
Digging back through the history of the Mets, there have been some incredibly WAR seasons by some of our favorite players. Accounting for only the players who actually led the team in this department each year, these are the ten highest WAR numbers to lead the Mets.
10) John Olerud – 7.6 in 1998
John Olerud’s three seasons with the Mets were all memorable. In 1998, he posted an awesome 7.6 WAR thanks in large part to the franchise record .354 he hit.
WAR often favors hitters with high batting averages the same way it will benefit a pitcher with a tiny ERA. Thanks to his historic average and the .447 OBP he paired with it, Olerud had the tenth highest WAR to lead the Mets in any single season.
9) Bernard Gilkey – 8.1 in 1996
The 1996 Mets were an underachieving team with some overachieving players. One of them, WAR leader, Bernard Gilkey, posted an 8.1 in this statistic. By far his greatest season, it looked like the Mets had a new star in New York.
Gilkey smacked a career-best 30 home runs and 44 doubles while also driving in 117—also a personal best. His .317/.393/.562 batting line was an added bonus and showed he was more than a home run hitter. Things were never as sweet with Gilkey again as his career quickly began to fizzle out just one year later.