New York Mets: 10 worst seasons by starting pitchers in the 2010s
2) Rafael Montero in 2017
Back when they were in the minor leagues together, Rafael Montero was supposed to be better than Jacob deGrom. So much for future projections.
From 2014-2016, the Mets gave Montero limited opportunities to pitch in the big leagues. He got his chance in 2017 when he made 18 starts and had another 16 relief appearances. It was clear early on that this guy was not deGrom.
Montero finished the season 5-11 with a 5.52 ERA. While home runs did play a factor, his lack of control led to more bad innings. Montero averaged 5.1 walks per nine innings this year which aided in giving him a 1.74 WHIP, too.
1) Matt Harvey in 2017
In his first few years with the Mets, we never thought Matt Harvey would end up on any list of “worsts.” Unfortunately, his 2017 campaign was disastrous. Because of it, he’s the lone wolf on this list to appear twice.
Let’s get into the numbers as to why Harvey’s 2017 was the worst year by any Mets starter since 2010.
His record of 5-7 over 18 starts and a relief appearance isn’t disgusting, but the ERA is. In exactly the same numbers of innings as he pitched in his bad 2016 season, Harvey allowed one fewer hit but somehow had an ERA of 6.70. With a walk rate of 4.6 per nine and a home run on average of two per nine, it was impossible for The Dark Knight to leave Gotham unscathed.
Everything about 2017 was miserable for the once highly-regarded Mets starter. He has never really recovered from it either. Due to injury, Harvey’s best days were much briefer than the fans and he deserved. Sadly, this particular season was the ugliest of all.
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