The New York Mets have had a number of big power hitters in their history. Players like Darryl Strawberry, Carlos Beltran and even Dave Kingman may come to mind. Let’s use slugging percentage to determine which of those bats had the biggest impact. Here’s the slugging percentage formula:
“Slugging percentage (SLG) represents the total number of bases a player records per at-bat. The formula for slugging percentage is: (1B + 2Bx2 + 3Bx3 + HRx4)/AB. Slugging percentage is still one of the best evaluators of power, because it accounts for more than just home runs.”MLB
Here are the Mets with the highest slugging percentage in a season.
Highest Slugging Percentage in a Season
Mike Piazza has the highest slugging percentage (SLG) in a season. Piazza had a .614 SLG in 2000 when the Mets won the NL Pennant. The Mets catcher hit 38 home runs, 26 doubles, and had 156 hits with a .324 batting average in 482 at-bats.
Yeah, Piazza is all over the Mets single-season SLG leader board. He holds the second spot in the list after being traded to the Mets 42 games into the 1998 season. That first year for the Mets he had a .607 SLG. Piazza hit 23 home runs, 33 doubles, and had 137 hits with a .348 batting average in 394 at-bats. It’s no wonder the team locked him up with a long term contract that offseason.
What about the best SLG over an entire Mets career? It’s not really close, as you might expect. Here are the top all-time highest slugging percentages in a Mets career.
Highest Slugging Percentage in History
|Mets Player||Career SLG|
Mike Piazza has the highest slugging percentage in New York Mets franchise history. Piazza has a .542 SLG over the 8 years he played for the Mets. The catcher hit 220 home runs, 193 doubles, and had 1028 hits with a .296 batting average in 3478 at-bats.
Darryl Strawberry is in second place with a .520 SLG over the 8 years he played for the Mets. His best slugging percentage was in 1987 when he had a .583 SLG. The right fielder hit 252 home runs, 187 doubles, and had 1025 hits with a .263 batting average in 3903 at-bats with the Mets.