The New York Mets acquired Jerry DiPoto, a New Jersey native, along with Dave Mlicki, Paul Byrd and Jesus Azuaje from the Cleveland Indians for Jeromy Burnitz and Joe Roa on November 18, 1994. DiPoto, a right handed middle reliever, had a fine rookie season with the Indians in 1993 (4-4 with 11 saves and a 2.40 ERA) but was coming off an injury plagued season in 1994 where he appeared in only seven games and posted an astronomical 8.04 ERA.
The Mets used him as a middle reliever in 1995 where he initially struggled, posting an 0-3 record with a 6.91 ERA in the first three months of the season. But starting in July he began to settle down winning three games during the month. By the end of the season DiPoto had lowered his ERA to 3.78 while posting a 4-6 record with two saves in 58 games, the most on the staff.
Jerry DiPoto returned to the Mets in 1996, once again primarily used as a middle reliever. After getting the win on opening day DiPoto went on to become one of the Mets most effective relievers finishing the seasons with a 7-2 record and 4.19 ERA.
Looking to bolster their starting rotation the Mets traded DiPoto to the Colorado Rockies in the off-season in exchange for Armando Reynosa, who had won 30 games for the Rockies over four seasons. In his two seasons with the Mets Jerry DiPoto pitched in 115 games posting an 11-8 record with a 3.98 ERA.
While with the Mets DiPoto wore number 45.
Jerry DiPoto also played for the following teams:
Cleveland Indians – 1993,1994
Colorado Rockies – 1997-2000