THE List: Top 10 Mets Player Seasons

(From the archives — originally posted 7/6/11)

Tom Seaver (1969)
25-7, 2.21 ERA, 208 Ks
The list is limited to one season per player, or Seaver would be on it about five times. 1969 was his best year — he won his first of three Cy Youngs as well as 25 games, a Mets record that still stands.

Dwight Gooden (1985)
24-4, 1.53 ERA, 268 Ks
Gooden won the pitching triple crown and the Cy Young. His 1.53 ERA is a Mets record.

David Cone (1988)
20-3, 2.22 ERA, 213 Ks
Just a superb year. His league-leading .870 winning percentage gives him the nod over Jerry Koosman’s 1968 season.

Bernard Gilkey (1996)
.326, 30 HRs, 117 RBIs
At the time it was the greatest Mets offensive season, just edging Darryl Strawberry’s best seasons by virtue of his .326 average and a team record 44 doubles.

Lance Johnson (1996)
.333, 9 HRs, 69 RBIs
Johnson set Mets records for hits with 227 hits and 21 triples.

Robin Ventura (1999)
.301, 32 HRs, 120 RBIs
An all-around great season, including his Gold Glove defense.

Mike Piazza (1999)
.303, 40 HRs, 124 RBIs
The best of Piazza’s monster years. He set a team record for RBIs, and his 40 home runs were his most as a Met.

Jose Reyes (2006)
.300, 19 HRs, 81 RBIs
A slight nod over his 2008 season because of the rbis. It doesn’t matter — his 2011 season will be better than any of them.

Carlos Beltran (2006)
.275, 41 HRs, 116 RBIs
Tied Todd Hundley’s Mets record with 41 homers.

David Wright (2008)
.302, 33 HRs, 124 RBIs
Tied Piazza’s team record 124 RBIs, and set a personal best 33 homers.

Mug Shots Courtesy Ultimate Mets Database

5 thoughts on “THE List: Top 10 Mets Player Seasons

  • good list. one thing: gooden’s big year was 85, not 84

  • Mark Berman

    Thanks Tom, good catch. I guess my ex-wife was right after all — I’m not perfect!

  • Herman Grunwald

    How do you rate Seaver ahead of Gooden?

  • Mark Berman

    It is chronological, as are all of the lists on my site.

  • Given that the Mets won the division in 88, I think strawberry’s season has to make the list…the pressure and intensity trumps what gilkey and lance Johnson played through.

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