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Career Numbers as a Met
Innings Pitched: 1,584.2
Games Started: 250
Complete Games: 23
Best Individual Season: 1989 (14-5, 2.83 ERA, 219.1 innings pitched, six complete games, two shutouts, 198 strikeouts)
One of the best southpaws in Mets history, Sid Fernandez was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers and pitched briefly with the team as a September call-up before getting traded to the Mets along with Ross Jones for Bob Bailor and Carlos Diaz prior to the 1984 season.
Fernandez spent 1984 going back and forth between the Mets and their Triple-A affiliate, the Tidewater Tides. As a Met, Fernandez went 6-6 with a 3.50 ERA that year.
In 1985, Fernandez found more time on the major league roster and went 9-9 with a 2.80 ERA. He immediately became known as a pitcher that consistently struck out many batters. In fact, in 170.1 innings, Fernandez struck out 180 batters and only gave up 108 hits. Both of these ratios were by far the best in the league. The reason for his win-loss total was because he gave up a lot of walks.
In 1986, Fernandez went 16-6 with a 3.52 ERA and 200 strikeouts and made his first trip to the All-Star Game. He pitched much better at home than on the road, but Fernandez would prove to be clutch in the postseason.
After taking the loss by simply getting out-pitched by the Houston Astros' Mike Scott in his only NLCS start, Fernandez was moved to the bullpen for the World Series to provide added depth. In Game 5, after Dwight Gooden had struggled, Fernandez was brought in and pitched four solid innings.
Fernandez's biggest moment, though, occurred in the decisive Game 7. After Ron Darling struggled, Fernandez came in and retired seven consecutive batters. The Mets offense rallied later in the game and it was enough to give the Mets the World Series title.
In 1987, Fernandez had another great start and made his second and final trip to the All-Star Game. However, he did not pitch as well after the All-Star break and missed a few weeks in August due to shoulder tendinitis. Nonetheless, Fernandez went 12-8 with a 3.81 ERA for the season.
In 1988, Fernandez got off to a poor start, but pitched well later in the season to finish 12-10 with a 3.03 ERA and 189 strikeouts. He was selected to start in the pivotal Game 5 of the NLCS, but fell apart in the fourth inning and then gave up a three-run home run that got him removed from the game.
Despite his poor postseason start, Fernandez came back in 1989 and had the best season of his career. He began in the bullpen, but was quickly moved back into the rotation. He finished with a 14-5 record, a 2.83 ERA and 198 strikeouts. He also set a Mets record by striking out 16 batters in a game, which is the most by a left-handed pitcher in team history. He even improved his numbers on the road that year.
In 1990, Fernandez did not get much run support and finished with a career-worst 9-14 record, despite a 3.46 ERA and 181 strikeouts. A year later in 1991, Fernandez missed most of the season with a broken arm, and after returning in July and going 1-3 in eight starts with a 2.86 ERA, he missed the rest of the season due to knee injuries.
In 1992, Fernandez bounced back with a 14-11 record, a career-best 2.73 ERA and 193 strikeouts. However, his success that year was not enough to save his team from becoming one of the worst in baseball.
During his final season as a Met in 1993, Fernandez missed half of the season with a knee injury while covering first base. After returning, he went 5-6 with a 2.93 ERA in 18 starts. The Mets as a team were even worse that year and at that point changes had to be made. As a result, Fernandez opted for free agency as the Mets began to rebuild.
One notable fact about Fernandez is that his career total of 6.85 hits per nine innings is the fourth best in MLB history, behind Nolan Ryan, Sandy Koufax and Pedro Martinez.
Sid Fernandez is one of the best left-handed pitchers the Mets have ever had and he deserves more recognition for what he accomplished during his career.