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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 – SEPTEMBER 25: Mike Pelfrey #34 of the New York Mets throws a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning during a game at Citi Field on September 25, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

4) Mike Pelfrey in 2011

The one Mets rotation from this decade to give the 2017 team a run for its money is the 2011 five-some. I’ve already noted how poorly three of the other pitchers performed. Well, the worst one was Mike Pelfrey.

In what became his final full season with the Mets, Pelfrey went 7-13 with a 4.74 ERA. Up until this point in his career, results had varied. In 2010, he went 15-9 with a 3.66 ERA. Easily his best season, the 2011 season was much worse.

Pelfrey’s strikeouts numbers fell, home run numbers rose, and the end result was one of the worst years from a Mets starting pitcher all decade long.

3) Jason Vargas in 2018

The 2018 Mets got some phenomenal pitching performances from their starters. The lone regular who didn’t deliver was veteran Jason Vargas. Throughout much of the year, his ERA was well above the still pathetic 5.77 it finished at after 20 starts.

What made the year so bad for Vargas? Getting shelled early in the year after his return from injury led to some disastrous outings. Some numbers to note include the 1.8 home runs per nine allowed and 5.02 FIP.

Only one year after making his first All-Star team and finishing with an American League-leading 18 wins, Vargas went only 7-9 for the Mets. The record may not look quite as awful as his overall season went. Fans know better than to give him a pass for anything he did in this particular season.

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