10. SP Johan Santana, 2008
2008 Season stats — 16-7 record, 234.1 innings pitched, three complete games, two shutouts, 2.53 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 63 walks/206 strikeoutsNo-Han, as he’ll be forever known in Mets’ lore for throwing the first no-hitter in team history, was a true ace for the franchise — something they’d lacked in recent years. Santana had won a pitching triple crown as well as two Cy-Young awards during his time with the Minnesota Twins, making him one of the most valuable arms in the league then.
His best season with the Mets was in 2008, where he was the anchor for the team’s rotation, starting 34 games. Santana was also voted third in the NL Cy Young vote after winning 16 games with over 200 strikeouts and two shutouts during his campaign.
Santana eventually flamed out not too long after his 130-plus pitch no-hitter, where many believe he pushed his 33-year-old arm a little too far past its breaking point.