2. Jacob deGrom - 2018
Tom Seaver's 1971 and 1973 seasons saw a lot of bad luck. He won a lot of games, but would've won more with more run support. However, nothing compares to what Jacob deGrom went through in 2018. He proved once and for all that wins for a pitcher do not matter one bit and show nothing in terms of how good they actually are.
In deGrom's historic season he went 10-9 with a 1.70 ERA in 32 starts. He struck out 269 hitters in 217 innings pitched. He walked just 1.9/9 and allowed an absurd 0.4 HR/9. deGrom allowed just 10 home runs all season and didn't allow more than one in any of his starts.
In a start in April at Miami, deGrom allowed four runs in six innings. It was his worst start of the season and the only one he allowed more than three runs. From that moment on, deGrom went 29 straight starts allowing three runs or fewer. Each of his last 24 starts were quality starts.
The lack of run support is what sticks out in his ridiculous 2018 season. He made 13 starts allowing one run or fewer and going at least seven innings. He was not credited with a win in eight of those starts.
Noah Syndergaard had a really solid year, posting a 3.07 ERA. He won 13 games. deGrom's ERA was almost a run and a half lower. Zack Wheeler posted a 3.31 ERA and won 12 games. deGrom's bad luck makes absolutely no sense.
To make things worse, Lucas Giolito of the White Sox had the highest ERA amongst qualifying starting pitchers in baseball at 6.13. The White Sox went 62-100 in 2018, the Mets went 77-85. Giolito somehow won the same amount of games as deGrom.
deGrom was dominant from start to finish. His worst ERA in a month was June with a 2.36 ERA. He finished the season with three straight months posting ERAs under 2.00.
It felt like every time out deGrom would give the Mets at least seven innings allowing maybe one run and striking out double-digit batters and somehow the Mets would find a way to lose whether it was with the bullpen, team defense, or the team not scoring.
deGrom fittingly closed out his season pitching eight shutout innings against the 90-win Braves who won the division, striking out 10 batters and allowing just two hits.
deGrom won the Cy Young Award, accumulating 29 of the 30 first place votes. He made his second career all-star team and finished in fifth place in the MVP race.
deGrom was on an even better pace this season before getting injured, but the 2018 season was the best I had ever seen a pitcher pitch consistently in a full season.