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Mets: Who had the more dominant seasons, Jacob deGrom or Dwight Gooden?

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - JUNE 18: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves on June 18, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - JUNE 18: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves on June 18, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 11: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets looks on against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on May 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Which pitcher had the better years?

Let’s add some more evidence to this discussion. For the most balance, it’s essential to compare who they were up against.

If you look at the two eras, we are currently are in a more offensive era then the mid-1980s. Let’s compare the offensive production of the teams over the past two years compared to 1984 and 1985.

National League Team Offensive Averages

Years        AB        R           H         2B     3B       HR       RBI     SB     BB      SO      AVG     OBP    SLG     OPS

1984     5493    658     1404     231    38      107      611    144   512    911     .255    .319   .369    .688

1985     5485    658     1383     238    36      119      616    136   531    890     .252    .319   .374    .692

2018     5515    709     1360     266    30      179      674     81    537   1400    .247    .318   .403    .722

2019     5540    774     1392     281    27      220      743     76    532   1427    .251    .323   .431    .753

As you can see, the hitters in the mid-1980s were definitely more disciplined and knew how to make much more contact, but the hitters of today are hitting for more extra bases and for much more power.

Gooden’s strikeout numbers are incredible as you see teams from the mid-1980s stuck out about 500 fewer times then they did in 2018-19. However, the hitters of today seem to be better with a league average .722 OPS in 2018 and .753 OPS in 2019, compared to sub .700 OPS for the mid-1980s teams.

Since deGrom has faced better hitters and deeper lineups, he definitely gets my vote for having the more dominant two-year stretch (Sorry Doc). It’s nothing personal against Gooden. Baseball in the 1980s just wasn’t as batter-dominant as it is in today’s world. What deGrom has done over the past two seasons is a much greater outlier than Gooden’s two dominant years.

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Both Mets legends, deGrom’s two year period is the winner in this case.

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