Time for my next installment of overrated- underrated. Today I take a look at 2 of the more popular Mets pitchers for this generation.
First of all let me say I still think it was a great signing and the hype surrounding his starts alone was most likely worth the contract.
HOWEVER, his time with the Mets only produced the following:
3.88 ERA, 79 starts and 486.2 innings with a 32-23 record. Averaging only 8-6 with 20 starts and 122 innings during his tenure. Not to mention that in the 2 seasons that the Mets may have needed him the most (2006, 2008, I would like to include 2007 but he only had 5 starts…) he really could not find the Pedro magic.
2006 he had the worst year of his career to that point and only pitched 7 games in the 2nd half to an ERA of 7.84.
2008 saw him have 11 starts in the 2nd half with a 5.18 ERA and go 0-3 with a 7.77 ERA in 4 starts in September.
Sorry Pedro, but you are the definition of overrated in Mets lore.
What? How can Johan be underrated? We all love Johan. Sometimes I think it gets lost just how good Johan has been since he came. I think in the back of our mind we think that Johan has spent an incredible amount of time injured or ineffective. However during his first 3 years Johan has averaged, 200 innings and a 2.85 ERA with an 8.1 H/9. Cliff Lee during that span has averaged a 2.98 ERA and 8.8 H/9. CC a 3.07 ERA and 7.9 H/9. Yet for some reason Johan never gets a mention in the top pitchers in the game anymore. I know inside of most sane Mets fan discussions Johan is still viewed as a great pitcher it’s just I get the sense we as a fan-base take him for granted a little.