After the signings of Pedro Martinez and Johan Santana, a lot of people forget about Al Leiter.
Leiter is probably one of the most overlooked pitchers in a long time, after having four good-to-amazing seasons to end the 1990's and went on to be terrific in 2000, winning 16 games with 200 strikeouts, a 3.20 ERA, and an All-Star appearance.
Leiter then put together two solid seasons before 2003 when he won 15 games and struck out 139 batters. The next year, Al won 10 games with a 3.21 ERA and 117 strikeouts in his last season with the Mets.
Leiter's decade stats with the Mets are as follows: a 65-49 record—more wins then Martinez's and Santana's put together, a 3.34 earned run average—that's lower then Martinez's 3.88, 770 strikeouts with five complete games, and four shutouts.
And please...don't get me started on how amazing he pitched during the 2000 World Series.
I also don't want people to forget about Steve Trachsel, who has more wins with the Mets in the 2000's, with 66.
Shawn Estes (2002)
This is a hard one because there are a couple of pitchers who were terrible with the Mets. I first thought of Tim Redding, but he didn't cost as much as Estes. Then there's Kazuhisa Ishii, who cost the Mets $3.575 million for a 5.14 ERA and a 3-9 record. Then there's Mike Pelfrey, who hasn't pitched as bad as these three, but has pitched badly for a long period of time. But Estes was the worst because he cost $6.2 million which resulted in only four wins and nine losses with a 4.55 ERA. The only good Estes did for the Mets is that when they traded him they got...