4) Worst NY Mets pitching staff: 1964
One year later, the Mets pitching staff didn’t do much to improve. Surrendering 776 total runs on the year with a 53-109-1 record, the 1964 team gave up the fourth most runs by any Mets squad.
Still very much in a team when small ball was played, the league averaged an ERA of 3.58 this season. The Mets saw their pitching staff’s total increase from the season prior up to 4.25. They led all National League teams in runs allowed in yet another poorly pitched year.
The pitching staff looked a little different this year with Jack Fisher leading the way in innings pitched. At 10-17 with a 4.23 ERA, Fisher was far from the most “hard luck” loser on the team. Tracy Stallard had a 3.79 ERA but a record of 10-20. Galen Cisco, at 6-19, led the starting pitching staff with a 3.62 ERA.
Yet again, these numbers don’t really do much justice when we compare them to more modern numbers. A guy who pitches to ERAs as low as these is practically guaranteed a near-.500 records. This was 1964 when the men on the mound were able to dominate the game a little better.
Although you may think all of the worst pitching staffs in Mets history came from the 1960s, we’re about to get into some more recent clubs.