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Whether you agree or not may depend on your generation, but Dwight Gooden's 1985 season is the closest any pitcher has ever come to mirroring Bob Gibson's 1968 crusade on baseball.
Gooden burst onto the scene in his 1984 Rookie of the Year campaign and wowed fans with his stuff, but he was simply off the charts the following year.
In 1984, "Doc" led the league in wins (24-4), ERA (1.53), innings pitched (276.2), strikeouts (268) and complete games (16).
There aren't many seasons that even come close to those numbers.
Oh, he also finished with a .965 WHIP and an average of 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings. Gooden won the Cy Young award unanimously, and posted an eye-popping 11.9 Wins Above Replacement—the highest WAR mark for a pitcher since Walter Johnson's 14.3 in 1913.
R.A. Dickey's stats in his five starts from May 27 to June 18 were comparable to Gooden's, but Gooden put up those numbers for pretty much the entire season.
While both pitchers had their respective stadiums radiating confidence and exuberance, Gooden was much more fierce.
As a power pitcher, hitters were afraid to step up to the plate against Gooden. Hitters are more confused than scared when facing the knuckleballing Dickey.
One parallel between the two pitchers is the extremes in their ages at the time of their rise to prominence.
Dickey, who spent most of his career wallowing in mediocrity or worse, is finishing up his best season at the age of 39. Gooden—at the complete opposite end of the spectrum—ran roughshod on the league at just 20 years old.
Gooden's career went south in the 1990s, but he solidified himself in the annals of Mets lore in 1985.
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