11. CP Armando Benitez, 2000

2000 Season stats — 41 saves, 76 innings pitched, 2.61 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 38 walks/106 strikeouts

Closers have come-a-plenty for the Mets over the last 16 seasons, with the likes of lefty Billy Wagner, Francisco Rodriguez and now Jeurys Familia having all been stalwarts at the back-end of the ‘pen. But Armando Benitez cannot be forgotten, as the righty closed for the Mets for parts of five seasons in the early 2000s.

His best season was in 2000 though, when he posted 41 saves on 46 tries, struck out over 100 in just 76 innings pitched and had a minuscule 1.01 WHIP. His ability to limit baserunners at the end of games immensely contributed to his success in Queens.

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