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The Best Strikeout Rates In Mets History

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Somehow, this makes Dwight Gooden's ridiculous 1984 season even more impressive:

Num PlayerName Year IP K K/9
1 Armando Benitez 1999 78.0 128 14.77
2 Armando Benitez 2000 76.0 106 12.55
3 Billy Wagner 2006 72.1 94 11.70
4 Dwight Gooden 1984 218.0 276 11.39
5 Randy Myers 1987 75.0 92 11.04
6 Armando Benitez 2001 76.1 93 10.97
7 Armando Benitez 2002 67.1 79 10.56
8 Billy Wagner 2007 68.1 80 10.54
9 Dennis Cook 1998 68.0 79 10.46
10 Skip Lockwood 1976 94.1 108 10.30

Some thoughts.

  • I only included pitchers who accumulated at least 60 innings in a given year.
  • Yes, Armando Benitez was that good. In the postseason or late-season games against the Braves, not so much.
  • Benitez has four of the seven best K/9 seasons in Mets history.
  • Benitez and Billy Wagner have six of the top eight.
  • Gooden's 1984 season is the only one by a starting pitcher on the list.
  • Don't know who Skip Lockwood is? Read on.
  • I'm as shocked as you to see Dennis Cook on this list. That was a great season, though.