1. Doc Gooden 1985
The Doctor will see you now.
Doc followed up his impressive rookie season with an even better one. In 276.2 innings, he gave up just 198 hits, 47 earned runs, 13 homers, 69 walks, and struck out 268 batters. His ERA was just 1.53, his FIP was 2.13, his WHIP was 0.97, his ERA+ was 229, and his WAR was 12.2. He threw 16 complete games, eight of which were shutouts. He led the league in wins (24), complete games, innings pitched, strikeouts, ERA, FIP, and ERA+. He was also fourth in the MVP voting.
Gooden had two incredible stretches in 1985. From late May through the month of June, he made seven starts, four of which were complete games and one was a shutout. In 60 innings, he allowed just 46 hits, nine earned runs, 16 walks, and struck out 59 batters. His ERA was 1.35 and his FIP was 2.44.
His even better stretch lasted the whole month of September and into October. In six starts, he threw three complete games, two of which were shutouts. In 53 innings, he allowed just 33 hits, two earned runs, 13 walks, and struck out 49 batters. His ERA was a ridiculous 0.34, his FIP was 1.57, and opponents hit just .175 with a .439 OPS against him.
His most impressive starts came on August 20th vs. the San Francisco Giants. Doc tossed a shutout, allowing just seven hits, three walks, and striking out 16 batters. 10 of Doc’s 11 double-digit strikeout games came in complete games or shutouts.
All of these seasons were incredible, but Doc takes the cake here. Based on ERA+ he was 129% better than the average pitcher! That's an insane performance, and the best in Mets history.