1. Dwight Gooden - 1985
Tom Seaver is the best pitcher in franchise history. Jacob deGrom is probably right behind him. Neither of them had a better year than Dwight Gooden in 1985. Doc followed up his ridiculous rookie year with an even better season.
Gooden won the pitching Triple Crown, going 24-4 with a 1.53 ERA in 35 starts. He struck out 268 batters in a league leading 276.2 innings pitched.
In his first start of the season, Gooden allowed three earned runs in six innings in a win against the Cardinals. His ERA was at 4.50 after that game. He followed that start with a four hit shutout against the Reds, walking two batters and striking out 10. His ERA after that game was 1.80. His ERA never went above 2.00 the rest of the season. He was that dominant.
The Mets did not make the playoffs but Gooden did everything he could to try and get them there. Down the stretch in his final six starts Gooden went 4-0 with a 0.34 ERA. He allowed just two earned runs in his six starts, throwing three complete games and two shutouts. He struck out 49 batters in his 53 innings pitched.
He averaged 8.8 innings pitched per start in that span. He was also pulled twice in scoreless ties after he had thrown nine innings in that span. He really should've been 6-0.
That's about as unhittable as a pitcher can get, and as unhittable as a Mets pitcher has ever and probably will ever be. Gooden posted an ERA under 2.00 in four of the six months he pitched in, his worst month had him posting a 2.45 ERA in August.
Gooden made his second straight all-star team, finished fourth in the MVP balloting, and became the first, and so far only, unanimous Cy Young Award winner in Mets franchise history.
All season long Doc was just pumping fastballs by hitters followed up by devastating curveballs. He was on track to be the greatest pitcher ever after his first two dominant seasons in the bigs. Unfortunately, that did not happen but he was just so dominant to begin his career.