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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Dillon Gee Pitches His Way Into Exclusive Company

Photo by Ed Leyro/Studious Metsimus

Prior to his start on May 30 against the Yankees, Dillon Gee was on the verge of losing his place in the starting rotation.  The Texas native was 2-6 with a 6.34 ERA and was hearing Zack Wheeler's footsteps as the ├╝ber-prospect was just weeks away from being called up for his first taste of big league action.

But everything changed for Gee with that late-May start at Yankee Stadium.  Gee pitched into the eighth inning, allowing one run on four hits.  He also set a career high by striking out 12 batters without issuing a walk.

After allowing four runs or more in six of his first ten starts, Gee has allowed two runs or less in 14 of his last 21 starts.  His 2-6 record is now just a bad memory, as Gee is leading the team with 12 victories.  Since Matt Harvey's season ended with nine wins and no other pitcher on the Mets has more than seven, it's safe to assume that Gee will remain the team leader in pitching victories.  Therefore, the 2013 campaign will mark the second time in three seasons that Gee has led the team in wins, after finishing first on the Mets with 13 victories in 2011.

In doing so, Gee will become only the 14th pitcher in team history to lead the team or finish tied for the team lead in pitching victories multiple times.  The chart below lists the 14 pitchers who have accomplished this feat.


Pitcher
# of Times as Wins Leader
Years as Team Wins Leader
Tom Seaver
7
1967, 1969-73, 1975
Al Leiter
5
1998-2002
Dwight Gooden
4
1984-85, 1987, 1993
Steve Trachsel
4
2001, 2003-04, 2006
Al Jackson
3
1963-65
Jerry Koosman
3
1968, 1974, 1976
David Cone
3
1988-89, 1991
Jack Fisher
2
1965-66
Nino Espinosa
2
1977-78
Craig Swan
2
1979, 1982
Sid Fernandez
2
1989, 1992
Bobby Jones
2
1995, 1997
Johan Santana
2
2008-09
Dillon Gee
2
2011, 2013

With 33 major league victories under his belt, Dillon Gee has the second-fewest wins of the 14 pitchers who led the team in wins in at least two seasons.  (Nino Espinosa had 25 wins as a Met.)  But there are 30 pitchers in Mets history with more wins than Gee and most of them never led the team in wins more than once.  In fact, two of the top ten winners in franchise history never became two-time team leaders in wins.

Ron Darling had 99 wins as a Met - 4th all-time - but only led the team in wins once.  And when he did so (1989), he shared the team lead with David Cone and Sid Fernandez.  Similarly, Jon Matlack recorded 82 victories for the Mets - 7th all-time - but never led the team in wins.  (He can thank Seaver and Koosman for that.)

Tom Seaver.  Jerry Koosman.  Dwight Gooden.  Sid Fernandez.  David Cone.  Johan Santana.  Those are some of the best pitchers who have ever taken the mound for the Mets over their 50-plus years of existence.  In addition to being six of the finest pitchers to wear the orange and blue, they also have another thing in common.  All six have led or tied for the team lead in wins multiple times.  Their exclusive club now has a new member, and his name is Dillon Gee.

Dillon Gee has come a long way to become a top starter for the Mets.  He was overlooked in the first twenty rounds of the 2007 amateur draft before the Mets selected him in Round 21.  After pitching well in the lower levels of the minor leagues, Gee had an ERA near 5.00 at AAA-Buffalo.  But he never gave up hope.  And now he's accomplished something that Seaver, Koosman, Gooden, Fernandez, Cone, Santana and a small group of others have done.  Not bad for a pitcher who almost lost his spot in the rotation just four months ago.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

A Different Kind of Mets Top Ten Leaderboard (Pitchers)

As I was perusing through the Saturday New York Times sports section, I came across an article by Tyler Kepner on the recent signing of David Wright.  Kepner poses an interesting question when he asks: "Has there been a single important Met before this decade who did not play in the World Series?"

Of course, David Wright has never played in a World Series for the Mets, coming closest in 2006 when the Mets fell one game short of the Fall Classic.  But Kepner's article got me thinking about other Mets who performed well for the team but never got a chance to participate on baseball's greatest stage.

If you're a regular reader of Studious Metsimus, you know that I enjoy discussing the Mets' all-time leaderboards.  But what would those leaderboards look like if they consisted of only those players who never played in the World Series for the Mets?  It would look very interesting indeed, and in some cases, quite shocking.

So sit back, kick off your Mets slippers and enjoy this special Mets leaderboard, which lists the top ten in each pitching category using only Mets players who never appeared for the team in the World Series.  (Thanks to baseball-reference.com for the leaderboard assistance.)  You might need to borrow one of Davey Johnson's old bottles of Rolaids after reading the list.

(For the hitting leaders who never played in the World Series, please click here.)




Pitching Leaders For Mets Who Never Played In The World Series


Wins
 
Rank
Pitcher
Wins
Innings Pitched
1.
David Cone
81
1209.1
2.
Steve Trachsel
66
956.1
3.
Tom Glavine
61
1005.1
4.
Craig Swan
59
1230.2
5.
Mike Pelfrey
50
896.1
6.
Johan Santana
46
717.0
7.
Al Jackson
43
980.2
8.
Pat Zachry
41
741.2
T-9.
John Maine
39
542.0
T-9.
R.A. Dickey
39
616.2




Earned Run Average
 
Rank
Pitcher
ERA
Innings Pitched
1.
R.A. Dickey
2.95
616.2
2.
David Cone
3.13
1209.1
3.
Bret Saberhagen
3.16
524.1
4.
Johan Santana
3.18
717.0
5.
Frank Viola
3.31
566.1
6.
Jim McAndrew
3.54
729.2
7.
Pat Zachry
3.63
741.2
8.
Craig Swan
3.72
1230.2
9.
Ed Lynch
3.82
730.1
10.
Pete Falcone
3.91
607.2




Win-Loss Percentage
 
Rank
Pitcher
W-L Pct.
Innings Pitched
1.
David Cone
.614
1209.1
2.
R.A. Dickey
.582
616.2
3.
Pedro Martinez
.582
486.2
4.
Bret Saberhagen
.580
524.1
5.
Johan Santana
.575
717.0
6.
John Maine
.549
542.0
7.
Frank Viola
.543
566.1
8.
Steve Trachsel
.528
956.1
9.
Jonathon Niese
.522
561.0
10.
Tom Glavine
.521
1005.1




Walks Plus Hits Per Innings Pitched
 
Rank
Pitcher
WHIP
Innings Pitched
1.
Bret Saberhagen
1.079
524.1
2.
R.A. Dickey
1.150
616.2
3.
Jim McAndrew
1.184
729.2
4.
David Cone
1.192
1209.1
5.
Johan Santana
1.201
717.0
6.
Frank Viola
1.240
566.1
7.
Craig Swan
1.267
1230.2
8.
John Maine
1.312
542.0
9.
Jack Fisher
1.320
931.2
10.
Ed Lynch
1.332
730.1




Games Pitched
 
Rank
Pitcher
Games Pitched
Innings Pitched
1.
Pedro Feliciano
459
372.1
2.
Aaron Heilman
305
450.1
3.
Jeff Innis
288
360.0
4.
Bobby Parnell
249
256.1
5.
Craig Swan
229
1230.2
6.
Skip Lockwood
227
379.2
7.
Neil Allen
223
381.2
8.
David Cone
187
1209.1
9.
Randy Myers
185
240.0
T-10.
Bob Apodaca
184
361.1
T-10.
Al Jackson
184
980.2




Games Started
 
Rank
Pitcher
Games Started
Innings Pitched
1.
Craig Swan
184
1230.2
2.
David Cone
169
1209.1
3.
Tom Glavine
164
1005.1
4.
Steve Trachsel
160
956.1
5.
Mike Pelfrey
149
896.1
6.
Al Jackson
138
980.2
7.
Jack Fisher
133
931.2
8.
Pat Zachry
113
741.2
9.
Johan Santana
109
717.0
10.
Jim McAndrew
105
729.2




Strikeouts
 
Rank
Pitcher
Strikeouts
Innings Pitched
1.
David Cone
1172
1209.1
2.
Craig Swan
671
1230.2
3.
Johan Santana
607
717.0
4.
Steve Trachsel
580
956.1
5.
Al Jackson
561
980.2
6.
Tom Glavine
516
1005.1
7.
Mike Pelfrey
506
896.1
8.
Oliver Perez
494
520.0
9.
Jack Fisher
475
931.2
10.
Jonathon Niese
470
561.0




Saves
 
Rank
Pitcher
Saves
Innings Pitched
1.
Billy Wagner
101
189.2
2.
Francisco Rodriguez
83
168.0
3.
Neil Allen
69
381.2
4.
Skip Lockwood
65
379.2
5.
Braden Looper
57
142.2
6.
Randy Myers
56
240.0
7.
Bob Apodaca
26
361.1
8.
Danny Frisella
24
353.0
9.
Frank Francisco
23
42.1
T-10.
Cal Koonce
18
246.2
T-10.
Anthony Young
18
270.2