2) NY Mets worst pitching staff: 2017
I think you could make the case that the 2017 Mets pitching staff is actually the worst. This is an amazing feat considering they had Jacob deGrom (in his worst year but still a top 10 Cy Young finisher) and were coming off of two straight postseason appearances.
I left it at number two because my basis is all on runs allowed. The 2017 Mets pitchers gave up an astonishing 863 runs—nearly 100 more than any other team previously mentioned.
Expectations were high for this club. The team still had a roster full of young and talented arms. It all took a major turn
Starting pitching was a major weakness for this club. Seth Lugo’s 4.71 ERA was second among starters. Robert Gsellman, Rafael Montero, and Zack Wheeler were in the 5.00s. Matt Harvey and Steven Matz were over 6.00!
In a much lesser role, Chris Flexen added to the team ERA at 7.88 in 48 innings of work.
It shouldn’t shock anyone to learn the Mets pitching staff had an ERA of 5.01—surprisingly on the worst in baseball or even in the National League. Regardless, this should easily go down as the worst pitching staff in modern Mets history and I don’t think it’s even close.