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February 6, 2006

Mets Player Retrospective – Tom Seaver 1973

by @ 9:54 am. Filed under Player Retrospectives, Tom Seaver

While 1972 looked like small step back for Tom Seaver, 1973 put him right back on track for stardom.  His WHIP dropped from 1.12 in 1972 back below 1.00 in 1973 (0.976).  His ERA also went down by almost a full run compared to 1972’s career high.  He also set a career best in Runs Saved Above Average with 50, he notched 290 innings for only the second time in his career and won the Cy Young after a four year drought.  Seaver finished second in wins with 19, but his ERA (2.08) and his strikeouts (251) both led the league.  He also led the league in WHIP (0.976), strikeout to walk ratio (3.92) and complete games (18).

Most importantly, he helped lead the Mets to a National League East title and World Series appearance.  While many argue that they benefited from a weak division (82-79 led the NL East), they edged the Big Red Machine in the NLCS but lost to the Athletics in the World Series.

Tom Seaver had quite a few memorable games in 1973.  On May 12, 1973, he threw a two hit shutout.  Oddly, he only struck out three batters in that game.  He struck out 16 batters on May 29th.  On Augst 1, he threw a four hit shutout and struck out eleven.  And if it weren’t for two rough outings at the end of the season, Seaver would have finished with an ERA below two.

In the NLCS, he finished 1-1, but his loss might have been the better start.  He lost game one but gave up only two runs and struck out thirteen.  In his win, he walked five batters but benefited from seven runs by the Mets offense.  In the World Series, Seaver had two solid starts but ended up with a no decision in a 3-2 extra inning win by the A’s and then lost the second start when the A’s edged the Mets 3-1.

Here’s a look at Seaver’s 1973 season statistics

Wins 19
Losses 10
Games 36
Games Started 36
Complete Games 18
Innings Pitched 290
Hits 219
Runs 74
Earned Runs 67
Walks 64
Strikeouts 251
ERA 2.08
Runs Saved Above Average 50
Shutouts 3
H/9 6.80
BR/9 8.91
SO/9 7.79
BB/9 1.99
SO/BB 3.92
Neutral Wins 21
Neutral Losses 8

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