1995 SUMMIT BRET SABERHAGEN
R.A. Dickey is on track to have one of the seminal pitching seasons in Mets’ history, one to rank right up there with ’69 Seaver, ’85 Gooden, and ’88 Cone.
A lesser man might be tempted by Dickey’s initials to call his season-in-progress “rad”– but you’ll get none of that from this dude…
But Dickey’s stellar performance has led me back to another seminal season that I’d tried to erase from my memory, authored by a player for whom I’d never developed a particular affection.
The year is 1994, and a devastating strike is about to wipe out the season/post-season. It is another down year for the Mets, who will finish 18.5 games behind the first-place Expos, with a record of 55-58.
That 55th win comes on August 10, in what would turn out to be the penultimate game of the season. Bret Saberhagen goes 7.1 innings and allows just one earned run, elevating his record to 14-4, and lowering his ERA to 2.74.
These are some remarkable numbers to put up for such a medioc