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NY Mets All-Time Top 10 Strikeout Leaders

NY Mets All-Time Top 10 Strikeout Leaders Walter Iooss Jr./SI

This week’s NY Mets Top 10 features one of the most exciting events in the game that doesn’t involve a bat: The Strikeout. Some of the best hurlers in the game have worn orange and blue, but you may just be surprised by some of the names on this list. Of course we’re only counting their time in Queens, but the list is interesting none the less.

Bobby Jones NY Mets#10 Bobby Jones
714 Strikeouts · 1,215.2 Innings (1993-2000)
Jones was selected by the Mets with the 36th pick in the 1st round of the 1991 amateur draft. 1997 was his breakout year when he raced out to an early 10-2 record by June, and appeared in his first and only All-Star Game. He pitched the 8th inning and highlighted his effort with strikeouts of Ken Griffey, Jr and Mark McGwire.

Jon Niese NY Mets#9 Jonathon Niese
826 Strikeouts · 1,068.1 Innings (2008-2015)
Niese was born on October 27, 1986, the same day that the Mets won their second World Series. The most memorable game of his Mets career was on June 10, when Niese pitched a complete game one-hit shutout against the Padres. It was only the second time in Mets history that a pitcher has pitched to one batter above the minimum.

Jon Niese NY Mets#8 Jon Matlack
1,023 Strikeouts · 1,448.0 Innings (1971-1977)
Matlack made the team out of spring training 1972, and got off to a 6–0 start with a 1.95 ERA in the first two months of the season. He ended the season with a 15–10 record and 2.32 ERA to win the National League Rookie of the Year award. On September 30, he gave up Roberto Clemente’s 3000th, and final, career hit.

Al Leiter NY Mets#7 Al Leiter
1,106 Strikeouts · 1,360.0 Innings (1998-2004)
In Leiter’s first season as a Met, he reached a career high in wins going 17–6 and a career low in ERA finishing with a 2.47 ERA. In 1999, when the Mets were tied with the Reds for the NL Wild Card, Leiter pitched a 2-hit complete game shutout to earn the win for the Mets in the one game playoff.

Ron Darling NY Mets#6 Ron Darling
1,148 Strikeouts · 1,620.0 Innings (1983-1991)
In 1986, everything came together for the Mets and Darling was no exception. He finished with a 15–6 record and posted his career-best 2.81 ERA which was third-best in the N.L. On May 27, Darling tied his career-high with 12 strikeouts in a five-hit complete game victory over the Dodgers, which raised his record to 6–0.

David Cone NY Mets#5 David Cone
1,172 Strikeouts · 1,209.1 Innings (1987-1992,2003)
Cone spent over five seasons in his first stint with the New York Mets, most of the time serving as the team’s co-ace alongside Dwight Gooden while leading the National League in strikeouts in 1990 and 1991. On August 30, 1991 he struck out three batters on nine pitches in the fifth inning of a 3–2 win over the Reds.

Sid Fernandez NY Mets#4 Sid Fernandez
1,449 Strikeouts · 1,584.2 Innings (1984-1993)
In 1986 Fernandez compiled a 16-6 record, and his 12-2 start resulted in his first All-Star Game appearance and the first ever appearance by a Hawaiin native. In his only inning of the All-Star Game, Fernandez struck out Brook Jacoby, Jim Rice and Don Mattingly in succession to get out of the inning.

Jerry Koosman NY Mets#3 Jerry Koosman
1,799 Strikeouts · 2,544.2 Innings (1984-1993)
In 1986 Fernandez compiled a 16-6 record, and his 12-2 start resulted in his first All-Star Game appearance and the first ever appearance by a Hawaiin native. In his only inning of the All-Star Game, Fernandez struck out Brook Jacoby, Jim Rice and Don Mattingly in succession to get out of the inning.

Dwight Gooden NY Mets#2 Dwight Gooden
1,875 Strikeouts · 2,169.2 Innings (1967-1978)
In 1985, Gooden pitched one of the most statistically dominating single seasons in baseball history having the highest WAR in 60 years. Leading MLB with 24 wins, 268 strikeouts, and a 1.53 ERA (the second lowest in the Live Ball Era, trailing only Bob Gibson’s 1.12 in 1968) Gooden earned the major leagues’ pitching Triple Crown.

Tom Seaver NY Mets#1 Tom Seaver
2,541 Strikeouts · 3,045.2 Innings (1967-1977,1983)
In 1969, Seaver and the Mets won their first World Series championship. Seaver won a league-high 25 games and his first NL Cy Young Award. On April 22, 1970, Seaver set a major league record by striking out the final 10 batters of the game in a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres at Shea Stadium.

And in case you were wondering…

11. Craig Swan (671)
12. Tug McGraw (618)
13. Johan Santana (607)
14. John Franco (592)
15. Rick Reed (590)
16. Steve Urachsel (580)
17. Gary Gentry (563)
18. Al Jackson (561)
19. Tom Glavine (516)
20. Jesse Orosco (506)

And finally, here’s where 3 of the current Mets studs land on the list so far:

31. Matt Harvey (449)
43. Jacob deGrom (349)
49. Zack Wheeler (271)

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