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Mets: 15 best starting pitchers all-time in franchise history

May 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob DeGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
May 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob DeGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
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PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – MARCH 08: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets in action against the Houston Astros during a spring training baseball game at Clover Park on March 8, 2020 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Mets defeated the Astros 3-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

The 15 best New York Mets starting pitchers range from current members of the roster to some of the early greats.

Starting pitching has gotten the New York Mets far in many seasons. Way back in 1969, it was the most important factor in their championship. It was equally as vital in 1986 although the offense was pretty great, too.

Multiple Cy Young winners, a few Hall of Famers, and some sensational rookies have all worn the Mets orange and blue. Among them all, who is the best?

You probably already know the answer to a few of these spots. But from number fifteen down to the top spot, you may be in for a few surprises.

15) Best Mets Starting Pitcher – Noah Syndergaard

Before the Noah Syndergaard haters bounce, let’s review some of the numbers as to why he is in the franchise’s top 15.

Syndergaard is 13th in pitcher WAR, tied for 15th in ERA, and tied for 19th with 47 wins. The two players he is tied with in wins are Jesse Orosco and Tug McGraw, two of the great closers in franchise history.

In addition to these numbers, I think Syndergaard is worthy of a place on this list because of how often he has won. He is one of five Mets with a career winning percentage over .600. There’s something to be said about a guy that always gives his team a chance at victory.

The best part about Syndergaard is that his time with the Mets isn’t even done. He should be back for the 2021 season. With any luck, he stays in Flushing a little longer and has an opportunity to climb up higher on this list.

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