The New York Mets have almost forever been a team that prides itself on having great starting pitching. In many of their best seasons, it was their starters who led them furthest.
There is, however, a difference between pitchers who had great seasons or careers and those who had some huge clutch moments on the mound. In fact, anyone is capable of having a memorable clutch game. And in the case of the Mets, there’s a nice mix of good players and legends.
Who was most clutch? In these five instances plus an honorable mention, nobody came up bigger for the team on the mound as a starting pitcher.
Clutch NY Mets pitching performance honorable mention: Jacob deGrom in 2015 NLDS
October 15, 2015, was the day Jacob deGrom helped the Mets advance to the NLCS. He started Game 5 against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a hard-fought series where the winner would advance and the loser would go home.
The pressure was on deGrom, then only in his second big league season. After giving up two earned runs in the first inning due to four straight singles, he settled in.
deGrom ended up tossing six innings while striking out seven. He went toe-to-toe with Zack Greinke who had already established himself as one of the best pitchers in baseball. On this particular night, it was deGrom who reigned supreme.
The Mets managed to score three times and take the win. A final score of 3-2 made it a nail biter until the final out.
Because of the situation, we have to include deGrom’s performance. But there were five other games where pitchers were even better than the future deGoat.