Just in time for the New Year, Mets 101's Seven in Seven series returns as our gift to you. Each week, the Mets 101 staff will begin a countdown of topics related to the New YorkMets (i.e. best third baseman, worst defeat, etc.). We will begin our countdowns with number seven and work all the way to number one. This week's Seven in Seven list counts down the seven biggest Met killers to plague our beloved franchise. Today we look at number three on our list, former Atlanta Braves ace Greg Maddux.
3. Greg Maddux
Stat Line Against the New York Mets: 66 Games, 482.1 Innings Pitched, 35-19, 3.36 ERA, 13 Complete Games, 291 Strikeouts
Greg Maddux will go down in the history books as one of the greatest right handed pitchers of all time. The New York Mets certainly helped his cause over the years. Maddux was not as recognized a Met killer as teammate Chipper Jones, but Maddux tortured the Mets for years with his pinpoint control and gutty efforts.
Even though he was a man of large stature, Maddux knew how to pitch. Maddux was a student of the game, and he was frequently able to take advantage of undisciplined Mets lineups to rack up victories. Maddux's 355 victories are the second most for a right hander in the live ball era, and 35 of those victories (nearly 10 percent) came against the Metropolitans. Maddux routinely teamed with Tom Glavine and John Smoltz to lead the Braves to division championships, and he proved to be a thorn in the Mets side throughout his major league career.
The Mets finally got a measure of revenge against Maddux in 2006, when they beat him in the National League Division Series as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Maddux retired in 2007, which was not a moment too soon for Mets fans. Even though he was only a member of the National League East until 2003, Maddux gave Mets fans plenty of nightmares to last a life time.
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