Ranking the 10 best individual pitching seasons in Mets history

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4. Tom Seaver - 1973

The best pitcher in franchise history makes his second appearance on this list with his outstanding 1973 season. Seaver would be very close to winning the pitching triple crown. He led the league with his 2.08 ERA, led the league with his 251 strikeouts, but was second in the league with 19 wins.

It's unfortunate that for a team that ended up winning the Pennant, Seaver couldn't accumulate the most wins. There was a start in April against the Cubs where he went the distance allowing just one run but the Mets lost that game 1-0. There were two other starts where he took losses allowing just two runs in seven innings.

In Seaver's 36 starts, he went 19-10 with the 2.08 ERA. His 7.8 K/9 led the National League and his 6.8 H/9 also led the league. He went at least nine innings in 22 of his starts, going more than nine twice.

Seaver was dominant for most of the season. He actually had an ERA under 2.00 for most of the season but posted a 6.75 ERA in his final four starts of the season.

Seaver of course had many outstanding starts but the one that stuck out to me the most was his first start in September against the Phillies. He pitched a complete game allowing just one run and striking out 13 batters. Just two starts later in Philadelphia he went 11 innings and struck out 12 in a 4-2 Mets win.

He also had a 12 inning game against the Reds when he allowed just two runs in a game the Mets would somehow lose. Seaver would win his second Cy Young Award this season and finish eighth in the MVP balloting.