Starting pitchers today don’t throw the number of innings that pitchers did several decades ago. Complete games are very rare. Even throwing 200 innings in a season is unusual today. So how can we compare modern-day pitchers with those of yesterday? One statistic that we can use to compare pitchers of different eras is the number of Walks and Hits per Inning Pitched (WHIP).
Here is a list of Mets pitchers with the best WHIP in a season.
Best WHIP in a Season
Not really any surprises in the best WHIP in a season list. Seaver and deGrom are each on the list three times. Maybe some people forget how amazing Matt Harvey’s control was before the Tommy John surgery. In 2013, Harvey threw 178.1 innings and allowed just 135 hits and 31 walks. While striking out 191. He led the league in FIP with a 2.01 and HR/9 with a 0.4.
Sid Fernandez is a tiny surprise. Maybe there should be an asterisk since El Sid only threw 119.2 innings in 1993. While that 0.986 WHIP was the best of his career, his WHIP always hovered around 1.0.
What about best WHIP in a career? Here are the all-time leaders in WHIP in Mets history.
Best WHIP in History
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Again, not too many surprises on the Mets career WHIP list. For those who don’t remember him, Rick Reed was known as the poor man’s Greg Maddux. Of course, it’s still pretty amazing that R.A. Dickey, a knuckleballer, had such great control. Seaver’s career WHIP is still jaw-dropping considering how many innings he threw over his Mets career (3045.2). That’s almost three times as many innings as deGrom (1149.2) has thrown so far.