8) Mets Best Starting Pitcher – Sid Fernandez
Maybe the most underrated player in Mets history, Sid Fernandez is easily one of the franchise’s greatest pitchers. He’s at number eight on this list, but I wouldn’t argue with anyone willing to rank him higher.
Fernandez ranks high on the all-time list of many important pitching statistics. His 27.7 WAR is sixth among pitchers. With a 3.14 ERA as a member of the Mets, he’s number 11.
In addition to those numbers, Fernandez also accumulated 98 wins as a member of the Mets. It ranks him fifth all-time in franchise history.
Fernandez certainly had time on his side. He spent ten years with the club where he amassed the bulk of his career statistics. Perhaps most impressive of all is how consistent he was from his Mets debut in 1984 through his final season in 1993. Fernandez’s highest ERA with the club came in 1987 when it was just 3.81. This happened to be one of his two All-Star seasons so I’m not sure there’s much to complain about.
The numbers are there for Fernandez, but why don’t we remember him so fondly?
Fernandez was right there alongside Dwight Gooden for all of those years in Flushing. Even though he was also young when he first stepped onto the mound at Shea Stadium, he was never viewed as a young star.
The 1986 season was the lone year we saw Fernandez earn even mild consideration for the Cy Young. His seventh-place finish was far enough away from the lead where I’m not so sure people remember him ever getting votes.
Unfortunately, the success Fernandez had in the regular season never translated to the playoffs. He lost both starts he made in the postseason for the Mets. Luckily, he did pitch well in the 1986 World Series as a reliever.
Fernandez never had that great moment or excellent season. Nevertheless, he’s one of the greatest Mets starting pitchers of all-time.