1) Mets Best Starting Pitcher – Tom Seaver
The GOAT. The franchise. Mr. Tom Terrific. Nobody did it better for the Mets than Tom Seaver. Nobody ever will again.
First in WAR (76), ERA (2.57), and wins (198), it’s impossible to make an argument in favor of anyone else. I mean, why even bother? You’re wasting your breath. Other than to flap your lips, debating in favor of anyone else is a futile effort.
During his time with the Mets, Seaver won three Cy Youngs and should have had at least one more. How does a man with 20 wins and a league-best 1.76 ERA not win it in 1971?
His Mets accomplishments include league-leading win totals in 1969 and 1975, ERA titles in 1970, 1971, and 1973, and five years of leading the league in strikeouts.
Did I fail to mention Seaver has struck out more batters than any other Mets pitcher? I probably did but you could have guessed that already.
Here’s a tip: if you’re ever not sure who leads the Mets in any positive category, the answer is probably Tom Seaver.
Seaver literally helped transform the Mets from a joke in Major League Baseball to a true contender and eventual World Series winners. There’s little doubt he was the driving force behind the 1969 championship and the success they continued to have throughout the early 1970s.
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The best Mets pitcher and player in franchise history, his ranking goes beyond just this one organization. He is an all-time great New York athlete. With melancholy, it’s disappointing to know we will never see another pitcher perform like him ever again.