Ranking each of the 7 New York Mets Cy Young seasons

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6. Tom Seaver 1975

This was Tom Seaver’s third Cy Young as a member of the Mets.

The 30-year-old pitched 280.1 innings, allowed 217 hits, 74 earned runs, 11 homers, 88 walks, and struck out 243 batters. His ERA was 2.38, his FIP was 2.35, his WHIP was 1.09, his ERA+ was 146, and his WAR was 7.8. He tossed 15 complete games, five of which were shutouts. Seaver led the league in strikeouts, FIP, and wins (22). He made most of his starts on just four day’s rest.

Seaver had back-to-back great starts on June 10th and 15th. He threw back-to-back shutouts against the Giants and Padres, respectively, both on the road. In the first one against San Francisco, he gave up six hits, two walks, and struck out nine. He followed that by limiting San Diego to three hits, no walks, and four strikeouts.

He was at his most dominant on August 27th and September 1st. On 8/27, he pitched a shutout at San Diego once again, allowing six hits, one walk, and striking out 10. He followed that up at home against the Pirates with another shutout, this time allowing just four hits, one walk, and striking out 10 again.

5. Tom Seaver 1969

Tom Seaver is one of the reasons the Mets had a magical year in 1969.

The righty tossed 273.1 innings, allowing 202 hits, 67 earned runs, 24 homerse, 82 walks, and striking out 208 batters. His ERA was 2.21, his FIP was 3.11, his WHIP was 1.04, his ERA+ was 143, and his WAR was 7.2. He threw 18 complete games, including five shutouts. He led the league in wins with 25 and in H/9 with 6.7. 

Seaver had one of the most insane pitching months ever in September. In six starts, he threw six complete games! He totaled 54 innings, allowing just 28 hits, five runs, and 12 walks while striking out 33. His ERA was 0.83, his FIP was 2.01, and opponents hit just .153 with a .400 OPS against him. He also threw complete games in his last two starts in August, bringing his total streak to eight consecutive complete games. Throughout the course of those eight starts, his season ERA dropped from 2.65 to 2.21.