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Season Preview: Many picked the Mets to win the NL East until their star relief pitcher, Edwin Diaz, injured his knee celebrating a victory during the World Baseball Classic. The team should still make the playoffs and will have time to find an adequate replacement. Meanwhile, the signing of Justin Verlander gave fans a big boost. He reunites with old teammate Max Scherzer to give New York a Hall of Fame one-two pitching punch. The Mets also added Japanese hurler Kodai Senga, who brings his famous “ghost pitch” to Queens. The team’s offense features Pete Alonso, Francisco Lindor, Jeff McNeil, Starling Marte, and Brandon Nimmo—and anxiously awaits the day prosects Francisco Alvarez, Brett Baty, and Mark Vientos break into the lineup.
Season Recap: The Mets put an excellent team on the field in 2022 and had a double-digit lead in the NL East at one point in the season. The Braves caught them on the final weekend, forcing New York to play the Wild Card series—which the Mets lost to the Padres. This defeat erased wonderful years by Edwin Diaz, Francisco Lindor, Brandon Nimmo, and Max Scherzer. Jeff McNeil won the NL batting crown and Pete Alonso led the league with 131 RBIs.
September 19, 2022: Max Scherzer beat the Milwaukee Brewers to win the 200th game of his career. He retired 18 batters in a row before coming out of the game after six innings.
August 13, 2022: Edwin Diaz became the 53rd player in history with 200 saves. At age 28, he is also one of the youngest.
August 7, 2022: Jacob DeGrom set a record against the Braves for the most strikeouts by a pitcher in his first 200 starts. DeGrom finished he game with 1,523 to break Yu Darvish’s record o5 1,517.
July 7, 2022: The Mets honored first baseman Keith Hernandez by retiring his uniform number 17.
April 29, 2022: Five pitchers combined to throw the second no-hitter in team history. Tylor Megill, Drew Smith, Joely Rodriguez, Seth Lugo, and Edwin Diaz struck out 12 batters and beat the Phillies 3–0.
Season Preview: New York fans should have plenty to cheer about this season, thanks to newcomers Max Scherzer, Chris Bassitt, Mark Canha, and Eduardo Escobar. They not only give the team proven production at important positions, they nudge last year’s starters to the bench, where they provide valuable depth. Pete Alonso, Francisco Lindor, and Edwin Diaz provide star power, while prospects Francisco Alvarez, Mark Vientos, and Bret Baty wait for their chance to wear the blue and orange. The difference-maker for 2022? It will almost certainly be the health of Jacob DeGrom, who was pitching like a Hall of Famer before injuries ruined his 2021 season. If he returns to health, the Mets could win 100 games.
Season Recap: Everyone picked the Mets to run away with the NL East and they nearly did. But a dreadful August saw them drop from first place to third and the team finished well under .500. Jacob deGrom was having a historic season when he fell to an arm injury, while Noah Syndergaard never fully recovered from arm surgery in 2020. Superstars Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonzo got off to slow starts, while Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, JD Davis, and Michael Conforto spent weeks on the injured list.
August 28, 2021: The Mets retired number 36 in honor of Jerry Koosman. Koosman pitched New York to its first World Series title in 1969. The ceremony was delayed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
July 12, 2021: Pete Alonzo won the All-Star Game Home Run Derby for the second year in a row. He beat Trey Mancini of the Orioles 23–22 in the final round.
July 02, 2021: Jacob deGrom was named NL Pitcher of the Month for June. It was the second time in 2021 deGrom won the award. On June 11th, he struck out his 100th batter of the year in his 61st inning—faster than anyone since the mound was moved back to 60’6” in 1893.
Season Preview: If the Mets don’t score a ton of runs in 2021, something is very wrong. Francisco Lindor joins a club that already boasts star hitters Pete Alonzo, Michael Conforto, and Jeff McNeil. Jacob deGrom leads a pitching staff that includes Marcus Stroman, David Peterson, and Taijuan Walker. If the hurlers stay healthy—and Carlos Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard return from injuries—a 95-win season is within reach.
Season Recap: The experts who picked the Mets to finish first in the short season watched as they failed to get clutch hits and struggled to keep their opponents’ batters off the bases. New York finished 26–34 and missed the playoffs. Jacob deGrom had another great year and led the NL with 104 strikeouts. Rookie David Peterson led the club with 6 wins.
Season Preview: The Mets have an everyday lineup and bench full of talented hitters, including Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto, Jeff McNeil, Ahmed Rosario and JD Davis. The pitching staff is led by Jacob deGrom, but beyond him there are many question marks. New manager Luis Rojas will have to get the best out of every player on the team for the Mets to make the playoffs.
September 28, 2019: Pete Alonso homered against the Braves to set a new record for home runs by a rookie, with 53. He broke the mark set last year by Aaron Judge of the Yankees.
July 7, 2019: Pete Alonso became the first NL rookie to his 30 home runs before the All-Star break.
June 22, 2019: Pete Alonso set a new NL record for home runs by a rookie before the All-Star break, with 25. He broke the mark set in 2017 by Cody Bellinger.
April 3, 2019: Jacob deGrom threw his 26th quality start in a row. That tied a record set by Hall of Famer Bob Gibson in 1968.
Season Preview: A huge trade with the Mariners landed All-Star Robbie Cano and closer Edwin Diaz, who join catcher Wilson Ramos among the newcomers at CitiField in 2019. The pitching rotation features Jake DeGrom and Noah Syndergaard. The Mets plugged important holes in their lineup, so if they can stay healthy they should be part of a tight NL East race.
Season Recap: For a brief moment early in the season, the Mets had all five of their top-rated starters—Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz and Zach Wheeler in the rotation together. Unfortunately, injuries, inconsistency and a trade of Harvey broke up the “big five” and the Mets finished 4th in the NL East. Of the five, deGrom had the best year, but struggled to win as the offense struggled to score. Among the few bright spots were solid year from outfielder Brandon Nimmo and shortstop Amed Rosario.
September 11, 2018: Jacob DeGrom set a new record when he held the Marlins to two earned runs. It was the 26 start in a row he had allowed two runs or less. The old record was set in 1910.
Season Preview: Mets fans are still waiting for their five great pitching stars to be healthy at the same time. Sometime in 2018, they will see Noah Syndergaard, Jake DeGrom, Matt Harvey, Zach Wheeler, and Steven Matz take the mound on consecutive days. It’s the offense that worries new manager Mickey Callaway. Sluggers Yoenis Cespedes, Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, and Michael Conforto have all battled injuries and inconsistencies. And no one is sure who the team’s first baseman and catcher will be. On paper, the Mets have a playoff club. In reality, it is anyone’s guess.
Season Recap: Few teams have ever suffered more injuries to key players than the Mets did in 2017. Jeurys Familia, Yoenis Cespedes, and Noah Syndergaard missed major time, as did several other stars. The good news for Mets fans was the performances of young position players Michael Conforto, Amed Rosario, and Dominic Smith.
July 24, 2017: Jose Reyes stole his 500th base in a game against the Padres. Only 38 other players had reached that mark.
November 1, 2016: The Mets looked dead halfway through the season as injuries struck their talented pitching staff. Rookies Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman stepped up under pressure, while the New York bullpen was great all year. The Mets earned a spot in the Wild Card game, but lost to the Giants on a ninth-inning homer.
May 7, 2016: Pitcher Bartolo became the oldest player to hit his first major league home run. He was 42 years 349 days old when he homered against the Padres.
Season Roundup: The Mets won the NL pennant for the first time since 2000. Four young power pitchers led the way—Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, and Jeurys Familia. The team’s offense got a boost from Yoenis Cespedes, who went on a home run tear after joining the Mets in July. The big story in New York was the power explosion by Daniel Murphy, who hit home runs in six straight playoff games to help his team reach the World Series. Although they held leads in four games, they lost to the Royals 4 games to 1.
July 12, 2015: Kirk Nieuwenhuis belted three homers in a game against the Diamondbacks. He was the first Met in history to hit three home runs in a home game.
June 28, 2015: Steven Matz became the first pitcher in history to drive in four runs in his first game. Matz defeated the Reds 7–2.
April 5, 2015: Matt Harvey takes the mound for the Mets after missing a year with an arm injury. He leads a pitching staff that includes veterans Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon, and rookie of the Year Jacob DeGrom. The team’s offense will depend on sluggers David Wright, Lucas Duda, and Michael Cuddyer.
November 15, 2014: Jacob DeGrom was named NL Rookie of the Year. He edged Billy Hamilton of the Reds.
November 1, 2014: Without their best pitcher, Matt Harvey, the Mets did not expect to win the NL East in 2014. However, they expected better years from their outfielders, shortstop and bullpen. All three were inconsistent. The big news in New York was the power show put on by Lucas Duda, the fine hitting of second baseman Daniel Murphy, and the quality pitching of prospects Jacob deGrom and Jenrry Mejia.
September 15, 2014: Rookie Jacob DeGrom tied a big-league record when he struck out the first 8 batters he faced in a game against the Marlins.
August 1, 2014: Pitcher Jacob deGrom was named NL Rookie of the Month for July.
March 31, 2014: The Mets will have four of the best young pitchers in baseball in their rotation in 2015—Matt Harvey, Zach Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard and Jesus Montero. Only Wheeler, however, is likely to contribute in 2014. Harvey is hurt and the other two are still refining their games in the minors. As usual, the offense is led by David Wright and as usual it’s not going to win a lot of games. Newcomer Curtis Granderson shoud help.
October 1, 2013: The highlight of the year for the Mets was hosting the All-Star Game. The rest of the season provided more questions than answers. Rising stars Ruben Tejada, Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores, Matt Harvey, and Bobby Parnell spent much of the year in the minors or on the disabled list. The fill-in players did a good job, but does that mean they can produce at the big-league level? The Mets will have a lot of decisions to make over the winter.
April 29, 2013: John Buck tied Johnny Bench and Charles Johnson for the most homers by a catcher in the month of April, with 9.
March 30, 2013: With Cy Young Award winner A.J. Dickey traded to Toronto, the new leader of the Mets’ pitching is fire-baller Matt Harvey. The rest of the staff is a big question mark. New York’s offense features David Wright, Lucas Duda, and Ike Davis, who had a great second half in 2012.
October 3, 2012: It was a tale of two halves for the Mets. On July 7, they were 46–39, a few games out of first place. From that point on, they won only 28 more games. The main highlight for New York fans was watching the amazing knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey. He won 20 games and led the NL in innings, strikeouts, shutouts, and complete games.
July 26, 2012: Rookie Matt Harvey pitched his first big-league game against the Arizona Diamondbacks and struck out 11 batters. Harvey broke Tom Seaver’s team record for most strikeouts in his first start.
June 24, 2012: R.A. Dickey set a new team record by pitching 44 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run. He broke the mark set by Jerry Koosman in 1973.
June 1, 2012: Johan Santana pitched the first no-hitter in team history, against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Mets had gone more than 8,000 games without a “no-no.”
April, 2012: Bobby Parnell was the team’s closer at the end of the 2011 season. Over the winter, the Mets signed Frank Francisco and John Rauch. No matter who pitches the ninth inning for the Mets, they should have a pretty good bullpen in 2012.
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Mets in the World Series
|1969||Baltimore Orioles||Won 4–1|
|1973||Oakland A’s||Lost 4–3|
|1986||Boston Red Sox||Won 4–3|
|2000||New York Yankees||Lost 4–1|