New York Mets: 10 worst seasons by starting pitchers in the 2010s
10) Chris Capuano, Dillon Gee, and Jon Niese in 2011
Some rotations include pitchers who are all just as equally bad as the next that it becomes impossible to say one was worse than the other. Beginning our list at number ten, we have a three-way tie between three members of the 2011 roster.
Chris Capuano, Dillon Gee, and Jon Niese all had poor years for the Mets. Even though each reached double-digit wins, their ERAs between 4.40-4.55 left a lot to be desired.
Capuano had the worst ERA at 4.55 and the only losing record at 11-12. However, he did pitch the most innings and had the best strikeout numbers and FIP. Because of this, I didn’t want to hand him the spot by himself.
Gee’s 13-6 record looks good, but the 4.43 ERA and team-worst 4.65 FIP was tough to ignore. As for Niese, he was only 11-11 with a 4.40 ERA. By posting a 3.36 FIP, it’s possible one could make an argument to remove him from this threesome.
Whichever pitcher you want to choose, we can all agree it was a bad year.
9) Johan Santana in 2012
In his final big league season, Johan Santana was clearly finished. Following a productive 2010 campaign, Santana missed all of 2011. When he returned to the Mets in 2012, he wasn’t the same.
Santana finished the year with a 6-9 record over 21 starts. While he did manage to toss a pair of shutouts including the only no-hitter in Mets history, the season was not a good one overall. He finished the year with a 4.85 ERA in large part to losing his final five starts in rather horrific fashion.
During those last five starts, Santana never went more than five innings and allowed 6-8 runs in each. His final quality start and win came on June 30th against the Los Angeles Dodgers when he threw 8 shutout frames.
Little did we know, this was the last beautiful Santana outing we would ever see.