New York Mets: 10 worst seasons by starting pitchers in the 2010s
8) Seth Lugo in 2017
We all love Seth Lugo the relief pitcher, but the starting pitching version from 2017 left many underwhelmed. Working primarily as a starter in a season where the team was plagued by injuries, Lugo made 18 starts for the ball club. The result was a poor 4.71 ERA and an ERA+ of only 88.
There wasn’t much to like about Lugo’s performance. Fortunately, an abundance of starting pitching options for the 2018 season allowed the Mets to move him back to the bullpen.
These days, there is still some debate over how the Mets should use Lugo. One bad season shouldn’t remove him from future starting rotations. Maybe one day we get to see him return to the place he struggled in during the miserable 2017 season.
To his credit, Lugo still managed to be one of the best starters on the 2017 team.
7) Matt Harvey in 2016
Injuries returned for Matt Harvey in 2016, limiting The Dark Knight to only 17 starts. The team was still able to stay competitive and swipe up one of the Wild Card spots. Unfortunately, Harvey didn’t have much to do with the team’s regular-season success. Instead, he had his first season which warned o fa bad future ahead.
In 92.2 innings of work, Harvey went 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA. Coming off an awesome 2015 which included a stellar postseason, fans were hoping this was only a blip on the radar.
Sadly, this was Harvey’s best year since the 2015 season. More on his worst coming up.