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NY Mets: 5 worst pitching staffs in franchise history

JUPITER, FL - MARCH 15: A detailed view of a Rawlings baseball sitting inside of a glove before the spring training game between the Miami Marlins and the New York Mets on March 15, 2016 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
JUPITER, FL - MARCH 15: A detailed view of a Rawlings baseball sitting inside of a glove before the spring training game between the Miami Marlins and the New York Mets on March 15, 2016 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 29, 1962: A groundskeeper rakes the dirt on the pitchers mound as he helps to prepare the Polo Grounds on March 29, 1962 for the Opening Day game for the New York Mets in New York, New York. (Photo by: Kidwiler Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

1) NY Met worst pitching staff: 1962

Can you even use the words “Mets” and “worst” in a sentence and not think of the 1962 season? It was probably great for everyone to have them join the league. Unfortunately, the team was joke immediately.

The infamous first season of Mets baseball resulted in an all-time worst 40-120-1 record. The team gave up 948 runs that year. It’s a total that we’ll probably never see the Mets give up again. If they do, I’m probably pitching for them already.

The team had a 5.04 ERA this year which was more than a full earned run higher than the league’s 3.96 average. Roger Craig lost 24 games with a 4.51 ERA and Al Jackson wasn’t far behind at 8-20 with a 4.40 ERA.

Unlike the previously mentioned 1960s clubs, there was no favorable standout number from the pitching staff. Galen Cisco was the only man who stepped on the mound and had an ERA below 4.40 at 3.26. He did this in only 19.1 innings of work.

A strange coincidence I did notice came from the arm of Ken MacKenzie. Just like he would one year later, he was the only pitcher with a winning record at 5-4.

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Pitching was hardly the only problem for the 1962 Mets. A weak team all around, they remain an infamous group to this day.

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