Mark Simon, researcher and writer at Sports Info Solutions, has compiled his list of the Best Mets Pitching Performances by decade. While the early part of the 1960’s were overall mediocre to poor, the second half of the decade was littered with amazing pitching performances. As Simon wrote of the compilation, “I could have easily put 15 Tom Seaver starts, 10 Dwight Gooden starts, and 10 Jacob DeGrom starts on here. But in the interests of inclusivity, I chose to limit their presence at least a little bit.”
Simon dives into the series with one of the most underrated, yet great, pitching performances in Mets franchise history: Al Jackson’s 15-inning start against the Philadelphia Phillies on August 14, 1962. Jackson’s final pitching line: 15 IP, 3 runs, 6 hits, 6 strikeouts, 5 walks. Jackson threw 215 pitches (that’s not a typo).
New York Daily News reporter Dana Mozley wrote:
Before he reached the point where a Purple Heart might have been in order-he bowed for the 15th time- Al Jackson deserved some sort of citation for endurance yesterday at the Polo Grounds.
Jackson was a workhorse in the early days, making 129 starts (and 150 total appearances) from 1962-1965. His 40-73 win-loss record is not indicative of Jackson’s performance, but of a team with a consistently poor offense.
Thanks to Mark Simon, we have compiled the Best Mets Pitching Performances by decade for your enjoyment. Below is a series of tabs connecting you to each decade.