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Newest Met Livan Hernandez was 13-11 with an ERA greater than 6 in 2008. That's an extremely high ERA for someone with a winning record. Some might say he was a man of good fortune. I'll say he's a man of good Fortunato.

Three pitchers have ERA of higher than 10, yet had winning records in a season for the Mets.

Atop the list is Bartolome Fortunato, who was 1-0 with a 27.00 ERA in 2006. Fortunato's season consisted of two appearances. In the first, on May 6 against the Braves, he yielded a run in 1 2/3 innings, and thanks to a Jorge Julio save (!), and a key two-run double by Kaz Matsui, got the win in a 6-5 triumph.

The next day, Fortunato wasn't so lucky. He drew the role of mop-up man, surrendering eight runs in 1 1/3 innings, in Jose Lima's 13-3 loss to the Braves. He hasn't pitched in the majors since.

Next on the list is Mike Matthews, who was 1-0 with a 10.80 ERA in 2005. His win came on April 14, with a fine inning in relief of Victor Zambrano, as his s…