Just in time for the holiday season, Mets 101's Seven in Seven series returns as our gift to you. Each week, the Mets 101 staff will begin a countdown of something related to the New York Mets ( i.e. best third baseman, worst defeat, etc.). We will begin our countdown on Sundays with the number seven and work all the way to number one. This week's Seven in Seven list is a dandy, as we will break down the greatest Mets players of all time. We will continue our countdown today with the third greatest Met of all time, Dwight Gooden.
All Time Mets Stats: 305 Games, 303 Starts, 157-85, 3.10 ERA, 2,169.2 Innings Pitched, .235 Batting Average Against, 1.17 WHIP, 1875 Strikeouts
Analysis: Dwight Gooden was, without a doubt, one of the most talented players to ever wear a Mets uniform. Doc put the league on notice when he debuted in 1984 and dominated the majors. Gooden won the Cy Young in only his second year and became one of the must see attractions in the city. Gooden's starts were the most popular games of the mid 80's, and the baseball world was in the palm of Doc's hand. Gooden finished his third year with a championship ring, and pairing that with his Cy Young award made the sky the limit. Unfortunately for Gooden's career and Mets fans, Gooden got caught up with the wrong people and developed a cocaine addiction that derailed a once promising career. Gooden had the ability to become the greatest pitcher in Mets history and surpass the legendary Tom Seaver. Gooden left Queens after being suspended for the 1995 season, but his electric start and unbelievable talent earned him this place on the list. When Gooden was at his best, his stuff was nearly unhittable. Gooden could have gone down as an all time great if he could have stayed clean, which is a shame.
Check back in later today as we reveal the second ranked player in our countdown!
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