Aside from having outstanding starting pitching during the years, the relievers have matched the success and brought stability to the teams.
Of course up to 2007!
Relief Pitcher No. 5: Skip Lockwood (1976)
Stats: 10-7, 2.67 ERA, 19 SV, 94.1 IP, 108 SO (10.3 K/9)
I never heard of Skip, but was impressed enough to include him in the list while reviewing the stats.
Relief Pitcher No. 4: Armando Benitez (2000)
Stats: 4-4, 2.61 ERA, 41 SV, 76 IP, 106 SO (12.6 K/9)
I developed ulcers due to watching him close games. For the most part he was successful except when we played the Braves.
Overall for the Mets (4.5 seasons), Benitez compiled a 2.70 ERA with 160 saves.
Relief Pitcher No. 3: Billy Wagner (2006)
Stats: 3-2, 2.24 ERA, 40 SV, 72.1 IP, 94 SO (11.7 K/9)
Wagner finished sixth in the Cy Young ballot in '06, helping the Mets dominate the season.
Relief Pitcher No. 2: Tug McGraw (1972)
Stats: 8-6, 1.70 ERA, 27 SV, 106 IP, 92 SO
Tug McGraw was the first dominated closer in Mets history. Closers back in the day were expected to pitch more than one inning, as reflected by Tug's 106 innings pitched over 54 games.
Relief Pitcher No. 1: Jesse Orosco (1983)
Stats: 13-7, 1.47 ERA, 17 SV, 110 IP, 84 SO
Save totals are misleading and is the reason why Jesse Orosco's '83 season is my choice for best relief stats.
I'm glad that the league and fans acknowledge these greats stats, as Orosco was selected to the All-Star game, finished third in the Cy Young ballot (behind John Denny and Mario Soto) and finished 17th in the MVP ballot.