Among the New York Mets’ all-time wins leaders, one pitcher stands out as the best. Tom Seaver holds the team records in several categories including wins, strikeouts, earned run average, innings pitched, and shutouts. He is the only current member of the Hall of Fame among the top five Mets’ win leaders.
5. Sid Fernandez: 98 wins
Left-handed pitcher Sid Fernandez ranks fifth among the New York Mets’ all-time wins leaders. Fernandez pitched his best seasons with the Mets, spending 1984 to 1993 with the club. The two-time All-Star sported a 3.14 ERA in 1,584.2 innings in New York as he had double-digit wins five times. In the Mets’ World Series Championship season in 1986, Fernandez had a career-high 16 wins and 200 strikeouts.
4. Ron Darling: 99 wins
A staple of the team’s starting rotation in the 1980s, Ron Darling ranks second on the New York Mets’ all-time wins leaders list. From 1984 to 1989, Darling won at least 12 games and tossed more than 200 innings in each season. He became an All-Star in 1985 with a career bests of 248 innings pitched and a 2.90 ERA.
3. Jerry Koosman: 140 wins
Lefty hurler Jerry Koosman was a great workhorse for New York from 1967 to 1978 and he ranks third among the Mets’ all-time wins leaders. Koosman threw more than 2,500 innings in 12 years with the Mets and a total of 3,839.1 in his 19-year Major League career. He was a National League All-Star in 1968 and 1969 and he finished second in the 1976 Cy Young Award voting with 21 wins, 200 strikeouts, and a 2.69 ERA. He added a second 20-win season in 1979 as a member of the Twins and totaled 222 in his career.
2. Dwight Gooden: 157 wins
An elite pitcher in his early seasons, Dwight Gooden is the second winningest pitcher in New York Mets’ history. Gooden earned the 1984 NL Rookie of the Year Award with a 2.60 ERA and 17 wins with a league-leading 276 strikeouts. He followed it with the 1985 NL Cy Young Award by dominating with the pitching triple crown of 24 wins, 268 strikeouts, and a 1.53 ERA. Doc Gooden was named to four All-Star Games in his first five seasons and he won 15-plus games in six of his first seven tries.
1. Tom Seaver: 198 wins
Hall of Fame righty Tom Seaver pitched 20 dominant seasons in the Majors and is the New York Mets’ all-time wins leader. Seaver started out his career brilliantly with a 2.76 ERA and 16 wins to take home the 1967 NL Rookie of the Year Award. Two years later, he won 25 games and earned his first of three Cy Young Awards with the Mets. Along with wins, Seaver holds the Mets’ team records for ERA at 2.57, strikeouts with 2,541, and innings pitched with 3,045.2. In addition to his 12 seasons of work with the Mets, Seaver won an additional 113 games with three other teams to retire with 311 wins.
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