13) Mets Best Starting Pitcher – Bob Ojeda
For fans of the 1986 Mets, you’re in luck. There are plenty of starting pitchers from that rotation on this list. Bob Ojeda is just the first I’ll mention.
When putting this list together, it’s not always the easiest thing to rank each of these starting pitcher contemporaries. Ojeda could easily be higher on this list, but I think it’s a fair spot at number thirteen because of how short his best years were while with the Mets.
Ojeda was one of the veteran starters on the Mets during their Golden Years of the 1980s. After some struggles with the Boston Red Sox, things turned around for him as a member of the Mets. There is no better example than what he accomplished in year one during the 1986 World Series run.
Ojeda finished his first year in New York with an impressive 18-5 record. He was fourth in the Cy Young voting and the man that won the first World Series game for the Mets when they faced off against his former team.
The fun didn’t stop there. Ojeda remained a productive member of the rotation for several more seasons. By the time it was over, he etched himself in franchise history as one of the best.
The most notable ranking for Ojeda is his 3.12 ERA. This is the ninth-best of any qualified pitcher in Mets history. We shouldn’t underrate the ability to keep runs from scoring. I understand other metrics are just as or more important to the modern fan. Sometimes, we simply need to dive back and look at ERA to get an idea of how important a pitcher was.