2007 TOPPS FINEST TOM GLAVINE
This shot of Tom Glavine wielding lumber got me thinking about the batting history of Mets pitchers. Here are some random hits and misses…
FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME
A little more than a year later, a Mets pitcher went yard for the first time, with Carl Willey connecting for a grand slam on July 15, 1963 in a 14-5 win over the Colt .45s. And the pitcher for Houston that day? You guessed it: none other than the very same Ken Johnson.
Myriad Mets pitchers have finished a season with a 1.000 average, but the majority of them have done so on the strength of a one-for-one campaign. Only two hurlers have finished a season with a 1.000 average by going two-for-two.
On September 28, 1988, big lefty David West singled off both Larry McWilliams and Dan Quisenberry, as the Mets rolled to a 14-1 victory over the Cardinals. These amounted to the only two at bats of West’s perfect season at the plate.
Jason Roach matched this performance on July 8, 2003, during the course of a 5-3 loss to the Braves. Roach swatted two singles off Shane Reynolds in his only two big-league at bats, thus ending not only the 2003 season but also his entire career with that vaunted 1.000 batting mark.
COULDN’T HIT IT SIDEWAYS
On the other end of the spectrum, many Mets pitchers have logged seasons of abject futility at the plate, ending with the ignominy of a .000 average, but only three have done so with more than 30 at bats to their name:
And many miles away, something crawls to the surface of a dark Scottish lake. Or some such crap.
NOBODY DOES IT BETTER
Dwight Gooden owns the Mets record for most hits in a season by a pitcher, registering 21 in 1985. Damn, was there anything Gooden couldn’t do in 1985?
And I’m happy to report that Tom Seaver holds the franchise records for both home runs (3, in 1972) and RBI (10, in 1970) by a pitcher in a season, because of course he does.
Tom Glavine hit a total of 1 home run in 1,323 career at bats, a solo shot off John Smiley of the Reds on August 10, 1995.