With the conclusion of New York Mets baseball in the 2010s, we look back at the ten worst pitched seasons by starters.
The 2010s are over for the New York Mets at least as far as games go. In this decade, fans saw plenty of losing.
One of the fortunate parts of the 2010s was how the Mets typically had at least one credible starter in the rotation. Even before the 2015 World Series run, there were some memorable campaigns. Most notable, R.A. Dickey’s 2012 Cy Young season seemed to come out of nowhere.
However, there were some dreadful seasons on the mound from starters as well. For a franchise that has prided itself on being a pitcher-first organization, hitter second, and defense last, they still managed to get some weak seasons out of some talented and not so talented starters over the last ten seasons. Where’s Tom Seaver when you need him?
To be eligible for this list, a pitcher must have made at least 15 starts. Statistics will include their relief numbers, too. These are the worst seasons by starting pitchers. And while they did also come into the game from the bullpen, they were still starters at heart—or at least tried to be.
In which case, Shaun Marcum in 2013 and Steven Matz’s 2017 season will receive only a dishonorable mention here. But don’t worry. There are plenty of other cringe-worthy seasons from a not-so-excellent decade of baseball.
Hopefully, in the 2020s, we see far fewer years like these in the future. Bad years are bound to come around every once in a while even from some of the game’s best arms. As you’ll see on this list, we feature some pretty talented men who either just didn’t have it for one year or were already done.