2. Dwight Gooden - 1985
Dwight Gooden burst onto the scene in 1984 and followed that up with the best year of his career. It was so good that he won the CY Young award outright receiving all of the 1st place votes.
He finished 4th in the MVP voting but deserved way better. Willie McGee, who won the award, had the highest batting average in the league (.353). He also led the league in hits with 216, but those were the only categories he owned that season. I do think it helped that his St. Louis Cardinals made it to the World Series that year.
Even with that said, Gooden had a better season pitching-wise. He led the league in 4 categories: Wins (24), ERA (1.53), SO (268), and innings pitched (276.2). His WAR was way above McGee (8.2, to Doc’s 13.3). Actually, Gooden’s WAR was better than both Pedro Guerrero’s (7.9) and Dave Parker’s (4.7) who finished above him in the voting.
Gooden should have finished higher and definitely got snubbed but there is one more Mets pitcher who got royally snubbed when it comes to the MVP award.