4) Jacob deGrom – 10.1 in 2018
Every Mets fans alive knows this guy. Jacob deGrom’s 2018 season wasn’t just marvelous for the modern-day. It was an all-time great season for Mets pitchers. The 10.1 WAR he produced is the fourth-highest by any player in franchise history which led the team.
Despite having only 10 wins, deGrom pitched to a 1.70 ERA and took home the Cy Young. The story of the 2018 Mets was all about deGrom’s pursuit of greatness. He made sure he accomplished the goal.
3) Tom Seaver – 10.9 in 1971
Greatness, the Mets, and the name Tom Seaver all go well together. At number three, Seaver’s 10.9 WAR from 1971 is one of the best to lead the league in any given year.
The campaign included 20 wins, a career-best 1.76 ERA, and other amazing numbers you have to see to believe. Amazingly, he finished second in the Cy Young voting this season to Ferguson Jenkins. Even so, we look back at the 1971 season as yet another one where Tom was indeed Terrific.
2) Tom Seaver – 11.0 in 1973
Tom Seaver’s best WAR season took place in a year where the Mets may have needed him most. With a 19-10 record and 2.08 ERA, Seaver was a leader on the 1973 squad that made it one win away from earning a championship.
At an even 11.0, Seaver got to this team-best WAR total by absolutely dominating the competition. He completed half of his starts, led the league in strikeouts, and won the second of three Cy Young Awards for his career.
1) Dwight Gooden – 13.3 in 1985
The best WAR in a single season by a Mets player happened in 1985 when a kid named Dwight Gooden had an all-time MLB great season. Doc turned back the clock in his sophomore season when he ended the year with a 13.3 WAR.
How did Gooden do it? His 24 wins, 16 complete games, and a you-need-a-microscope-to-see-it ERA of 1.53 did the trick. This was the kind of year you’re thankful to live through. If you were lucky enough to have seen it, you may never witness any pitcher ever deliver quite like Doc did in year two.
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