Ever since the team came into existence, there’s been a never-ending list of Met killers. From Hall of Famers to lesser-known utility players, fans have come to identify who torments the franchise the most. Since the turn of the century, more players have risen to the top of the enemy list in Flushing.
Top 10 Met Killers Since 2000
10. Dontrelle Willis
Willis only played in the NL East from 2003-2007, but he destroyed the Mets during that time. In 19 starts against the team, D-Train went 11-3 with a 2.51 ERA with 103 strikeouts and two complete games (both shutouts). Not only did he dominate the team on the mound, but Willis also hit .320/.370/.580 with three homers against the Mets. Two of those homers he hit came in the same game, while the other was a grand slam. In 2003, Willis pitched arguably the best game of his career against the Mets, a one-hit shutout in which retired the last 17 batters he faced.
9. Madison Bumgarner
Bumgarner hasn’t faced Willis as much because he isn’t in the NL East, however, the numbers against the Mets are eye-popping. In nine regular-season starts against the Mets, Bumgarner is 6-0 with a 1.86 ERA, one complete game (which was a shutout), and 65 strikeouts in 63 innings. MadBum’s ERA at Citi Field is an even more impressive 1.26. Bumgarner also threw a complete-game shutout in the 2016 NL Wild Card Game to end the Mets’ season, which is something Mets fans won’t forget anytime soon.
8. Ryan Howard
While Howard’s .242/.319/.499 batting line against the Mets may pale in comparison to other Met killers, he was able to do a ton of damage when he made contact. In 177 games against the Mets, Howard hit 48 homers and drove in 136 runs. He is tied for the fourth-most homers against the Mets, and 23 of his homers against the Mets were in Flushing. The only reason Howard isn’t ranked higher is that he also struck out 205 times against the team.
7. Pat Burrell
While Howard seemed to hit home runs against any team he faced, Burrell seemed to take his power to another level every time he faced the Mets. In 162 games against the Mets, Burrell hit .245/.358/.517 with 42 homers and 106 RBIs. For reference, he didn’t hit more than 26 against any other team. Burrell ranks sixth in home runs against the franchise.
Freddie Freeman has been a Met killer ever since his rookie year and is expected to retire as one of the biggest Met killers in history. Coming into this season, Freeman is hitting .303/.386/.509 with 27 homers, 49 doubles, and 111 RBIs across 170 games against the Mets. The Braves and Mets have yet to face each other this year and Freeman is only 31 years old. This is not the last Atlanta infielder on this list though.
5. Derek Jeter
Jeter is the only AL player on this list, and it’s for good reason. In 88 games against the Mets, Jeter hit a blistering .364/.419/.535 with 13 homers, 19 doubles, and 44 RBIs. Jeter also dominated the Mets in the 2000 World Series, in which he went 9-for-22 with two homers, taking home the World Series MVP award. Jeter’s 13 homers against the Mets are also the most he hit against any NL club.
Almost every team fears having to face Giancarlo Stanton, and the Mets are no exception. In 114 games against them, Stanton has hit .262/.350/.557 with 36 homers and 84 RBIs. He has been particularly dominant at Citi Field, where he’s smacked 22 homers in 55 games, the most for any visiting player since the ballpark opened in 2009. Stanton at one point homered in five consecutive games against the Mets and at one point in 2016, he homered in four consecutive at-bats against the team.
3. Paul DeJong
Paul DeJong is one of the biggest Met killers ever and he’s only played 24 games against them. In those games, DeJong has hit a scalding .351/.379/.773 with 10 homers, 11 doubles, and 17 RBIs. The only team DeJong has more homers against is the Cincinnati Reds, but he’s only faced the Reds 38 more times than he’s faced the Mets. The Mets better hope DeJong stays out of the NL East, or else he will rise even further up this list.
2. Chase Utley
Not only is Chase Utley one of the biggest Met killers of all time, but he’s also one of the most hated players by the team’s fans. Most fans remember when he broke Ruben Tejada‘s leg in the 2015 NLDS, but Utley’s dominance of the Mets started long before that incident. He hit .281/.374/.528 with 39 homers, 46 doubles, and 116 RBIs across 194 games against the Mets. 21 of Utley’s homers came in Flushing, with 14 of them at Citi Field.
When thinking of the most notorious Met killers ever, Chipper Jones is often the first one that comes to mind. His dominance of the team started in the ’90s when he hit his first big league homer against the Mets and only continued after the turn of the century. Jones hit a whopping .309/.406/.543 with 49 homers and 159 RBIs in 245 games against the team.
I remember attending Mets games when I was younger and making sure to yell “LAAAAARRRRYYYYYY” every time Jones came up. While Mets fans loved to heckle Jones, he terrorized the Mets at Shea Stadium, hitting 19 homers in 88 games there. Jones loved hitting there so much that he named his son Shea after the stadium. While he owned the Mets in almost every way possible, Mets fans made sure to give him a proper send-off in 2012 in his last game in Flushing.
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