For generations Earned Run Average (ERA) has been used to measure a pitcher’s effectiveness. While more recently ERA+ and Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) have gained favor. Both attempt to remove the effects of external factors like ballparks, opponents or fielding to “normalize” the statistic.
But let’s stay old-school and look at pitcher’s ERA. Who is atop the leader board for the best ERA for the Mets in a single season?
Lowest ERA in a Mets Season
Lefty reliever Jesse Orosco has the lowest ERA in a Mets season. In 1983 Orosco’s ERA was just 1.47. Appearing in 62 games, Orosco went 13-7 with 17 saves. He threw 110 innings, giving up just 76 hits and 38 walks while striking out 84 batters. Jesse’s ERA+ that year was 248 and FIP was 2.65. The Mets finished last with a 68-94 record.
If there were any justice in the world, Dwight Gooden would wear the single-season Mets ERA crown. In 1985 Gooden pitched an NL leading 276 innings, going 24-7. His 1.53 ERA also led the league that year. As did his 16 complete games, 268 strikeouts, 229 ERA+, and 2.13 FIP. He was the unanimous winner of the Cy Young award.
Pitchers, especially relievers, can have one great year followed by a fall into obscurity. So what about over an entire Mets career? Who has the best ERA in a Mets career?
Lowest ERA in Mets History
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Tom Seaver has the lowest ERA in New York Mets franchise history. Seaver had a 2.57 ERA while pitching 12 years for the Mets. Seaver totaled 3045 innings as a Met, with a 136 ERA+ and 2.67 FIP. In his entire 20-year career Seaver had a 2.86 ERA, with a 127 ERA+ and 3.04 FIP. Tom Terrific indeed.
Jacob deGrom is in second place on the Mets All-Time ERA leader board. Over his 6 years of pitching for the Mets, deGrom owns a 2.62 ERA in 1101 innings. His ERA+ is 148 and has a 2.78 FIP. There is no shame in being second to Seaver.