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New York Mets: 10 worst seasons by starting pitchers in the 2010s

SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 28: Jason Vargas #40 of the New York Mets waits by the plate after a run scored during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on April 28, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 28: Jason Vargas #40 of the New York Mets waits by the plate after a run scored during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on April 28, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – JULY 01: Zack Wheeler

6) Zack Wheeler in 2017

Let’s add Zack Wheeler to the list of underachieving Mets players from 2017. After missing two full seasons, Wheeler returned to make 17 starts. The result included a 3-7 record and a 5.21 ERA.

Walks were what killed Wheeler the most. His 4.2 walks per nine set a new personal high. A home run rate of 1.6 per nine also turned this into a much worse season. Pitchers can survive an abundance of one or the other. Combine the two in one single season and you’re looking at an inflated ERA.

Because Wheeler missed two full seasons, there’s an explanation for his woes in 2017.

And if you thought he was the last man from that year to make it on this list, you’re mistaken.

5) Robert Gsellman in 2017

Many of us still aren’t sure what to think of Robert Gsellman. For a brief time, it looked like he had a chance to become a part of future Mets rotations or even carve out a niche in the bullpen. In 2017, this wasn’t the case as he managed to put together his weakest season.

The Mets gave Gsellman 22 starts in this ill-fated year. Along with three relief appearances, Gsellman went 8-7 with a 5.19 ERA. He barely averaged more than six strikeouts per nine while surrendering 1.3 home runs on average per the same amount of innings.

Since, Gsellman has worked exclusively as a reliever. His solid stretch in 2016 which saw him go 4-2 with a 2.42 ERA now feels like a distant memory.

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