NY Mets best hitting pitcher Number 1: Dwight Gooden
One of the best pitchers in franchise history, the former Rookie of the Year and Cy Young award winner Dwight Gooden rounds out this list as the top hitting pitcher in Mets history.
Starting out his career with the Mets in 1984, Gooden went on to pitch in Queens for 11 years, and while he was dominate on the mound, he was formidable at the plate as well.
Over his 11 years in New York, Gooden had 730 at bats over 837 plate appearances. Over that span, Gooden posted a .197 batting average and a .213 OBP.
For his career in New York, Doc notched 144 hits, 15 doubles, 5 triples and 7 home runs while logging 65 RBI, as well as walking 13 times.
Dwigth Gooden currently holds several pitching records for the Mets, but what is less known is that he holds several hitting records among Mets pitches as well.
Gooden's 7 home runs and 65 RBI are both Mets franchise records among pitchers, while his 144 career hits for New York are second most in team history, trailing only Tom Seaver.
After hitting the most consistently of all other starting pitchers over his time in New York, as well as being the leader of many of the statistical categories, its safe to say that Dwight Gooden takes home the title of best hitting pitcher in Mets franchise history.
An with all that said, starting in 2022, Major League baseball will step into a new era with the Designated Hitter becoming standard throughout the league.
The days of watching a pitcher slug a home run or drive in an RBI to make himself the winning pitcher have come and gone.
While some fans opinions on the designated hitter may be mixed, at the very least the Mets pitchers have left us behind a lifetime of moments at the plate which we can all look back on for years to come.