WHIP – Single Season: Max Scherzer (currently 0.909, record is 0.912)
Jacob deGrom has etched his name already into the Mets’ record books, thanks to his era of dominance in baseball, including setting the team record for lowest WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched), with a .912 mark in his first Cy Young season of 2018.
Max Scherzer has entered the conversation with authority as a newcomer to the team with his remarkably competitive nature in pitching this season. He underwent multiple stretches where he’s gotten almost everyone out, which helps his cause.
Scherzer had a start against the Giants on April 19 where he retired 17 of the first 18 batters, and his next start in St. Louis six days later, retiring 22 of the 25 hitters faced there. So that is proof he can maintain the dominance that will place him in the Hall of Fame six years after his retirement.
He had the lowest WHIP in the majors at .864 last year, so he already has a season like that under his belt. He has essentially duplicated his statistical lines from a year ago in his first seven starts as a Met, with a 4-1 record and a 2.66 ERA to go along with his .909 WHIP rate in 44 innings pitched.
He would set the franchise record in single-season WHIP if he can maintain it, and Scherzer is the type of player that can maintain the intensity and pitching arsenal required for records like these.