Since 2000, the New York Mets have had some solid starting pitchers, however, many of them did not stay with the team for long periods of time. When the Mets won the National League pennant in 2000 and 2015, both teams were led by dominant starting pitching. In 2000, the rotation was led by veterans, and in 2015, the rotation was led by younger options. Even in the period between that, the Mets had a few very good starting pitchers with the team. Below, I will give my top 5 starting rotation for the Mets in this century.
Leiter was a member of the New York Mets’ organization for seven seasons, from 1998 to 2004. He was a key player for the 2000 Mets in the playoffs where they lost in the World Series to the New York Yankees. In the playoffs that year, he started four games, and gave up only 10 earned runs in 30.2 innings pitched. In his five seasons with the Mets during the 2000’s, Leiter never had an earned run average of above four, and never pitched in less than 170 innings in a season. He was a consistent member of the Mets’ rotation at a time where there was no one else who could be counted on in every start.
Making his major league debut in 2014, deGrom made 22 starts and won the Rookie of the Year Award after finishing the season with a 9-6 record and a 2.69 earned run average. Since then, deGrom has been a very reliable pitcher for the Mets when he is healthy. In his four year Mets’ career, he has an earned run average of 2.98 and a record of 45-32. In 2015, deGrom was an all-star, and went 3-1 in the postseason with an earned run average of 2.88. Outside of his dominant pitching, deGrom has established himself as one of the best hitting pitchers in the league, with a career batting average of .193.
Although Dickey was only with the Mets for three seasons, him and his knuckleball had a massive impact on the franchise. In 2012, Dickey had a record of 20-6, with an earned run average of 2.73. Because of his stellar season, he was given the Cy Young Award, and was promptly traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for a return which included Noah Syndergaard and Travis d’Arnaud. In his three seasons with the Mets, Dickey had an earned run average of 2.95 and a record of 39-28.
Santana pitched for the Mets for four seasons. Although the end of his tenure with the team was not great because of injuries, he was great for his first three seasons with the team, especially 2008. In 2008, he had a 2.53 earned run average and a record of 16-9, which was good enough for third place in the National League Cy Young Award voting. On June 1st, 2012, Santana became the only player in Mets’ history to throw a no hitter, which he did against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Last on the list is Glavine, who pitched with the New York Mets from 2003 to 2007. In his five seasons with the team, he had a record of 61-56 with an earned run average of 3.97. While those numbers are not the most impressive, he was an all-star as a Met in 2004 and 2006. He was very good at going deep into his starts, pitching 1005.1 innings in his five seasons, which is an average of over 200 innings per season. Glavine was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014, but that was primarily because of his Atlanta Braves’ career.