5) R.A. Dickey’s Cy Young Season
The 2012 season was a great one for Mets pitchers as knuckleballer R.A. Dickey won the Cy Young Award. Dickey’s Cy Young award was the first for a Mets pitcher since Dwight Gooden in 1985. For a franchise who has always been known for their outstanding pitching, it is shocking for them to go that long without a Cy Young winner.
Dickey’s season was not only good for a pitcher, but even more impressive because he was a knuckleball pitcher. He led the league in games started with 33, complete games with 5, shutouts with 3, innings with 233.2, strikeouts with 230, and batters faced with 927. Dickey was also a 20 game-winner with an ERA of 2.73 and a WHIP of 1.05 while striking out 8.9 batters per 9.
In the middle of Dickey’s historic season, he actually threw back to back one-hitters, which can be read about here “Mets History: R.A. Dickey’s back-to-back one-hitters in 2012“. Dickey’s 2012 season was truly a magical one, especially for the rare knuckleball pitcher, and will be remembered for a long time.
4) Pete Alonso’s Historic Rookie Season
There has been a lot of hype around Pete Alonso since last year when he tore up the minor leagues. He led the minor leagues in home runs last season and hit a towering shot during the futures game.
There was a lot of talk in Spring Training whether or not Alonso would make the team because of the team losing a year of control later down the line. Alonso ended up making the Opening Day roster and put up a historic season.
Alonso’s rookie season was truly incredible and fun to watch. He was awarded Rookie of the Month on three different occasions, player of the week in June, he was selected to the All-Star team, won the Home Run Derby, led the major leagues in home runs while also breaking the all-time rookie home run record and the Mets single-season home run record.
To top it all off, Alonso was crowned the National League Rookie of the Year by receiving 29 out of the 30 first-place votes whiling finishing 7th in MVP voting as well.
People had high expectations for Alonso going into the season, especially after he made the Opening Day roster and the Mets “lost” the extra year of control. Some questioned the decision, but it is safe to say it was the right decision after the historic season he put together. Alonso not only lived up to the hype given to him before the season but completely shattered it.