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New York Mets: Their Recent History

By Edited Dec 4, 2015 0 4

As a big-market team, the New York Mets are constantly in the news about their pursuit of various free agents. However, this has not helped the team compete more consistently in the National League East. The team has not reached the postseason since losing the NL Championship Series to the Cardinals in 2006.

The team’s trajectory has also been disappointing in recent seasons, as the Mets have not had a winning season since 2008.

New York Mets: Their Recent History

2007

Record: 88-74
NL East Finish: 2nd
Playoffs: None

The Mets led the NL East for most of the 2007 season, and following a 4-3 win over Atlanta on September 12, the team held a 7-game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies. However, the Mets managed to win only six more games that season, and Philadelphia caught them. With the division title on the line, the Mets lost 8-1 to the Marlins in the season finale, costing New York a trip to the postseason.

Third baseman David Wright hit .325 on the season and knocked in 30 home runs. Carlos Beltran added 33 homers and led the team with 112 RBI. On the mound, closer Billy Wagner was the best pitcher, recording 34 saves with a 2.63 ERA.

All-Star Players

SS Jose Reyes
CF Carlos Beltran
3B David Wright
P Billy Wagner

2008

Record: 89-73
NL East Finish: 2nd
Playoffs: None

The Mets struggled out of the gate, costing manager Willie Randolph his job. He was replaced by Jerry Manuel, who recorded a 55-38 record at the helm. Nevertheless, the late-season nightmare continued for the Mets in 2008. The team led the NL East as late as September 19 but struggled in the final nine games and went just 3-6. The team’s loss to the Marlins in the final game of the season meant that the Milwaukee Brewers would take the NL wildcard berth.

Wright again made an All-Star Game appearance. He hit .302 with 33 homers. First baseman Carols Delgado added 38 homers. Wagner was again solid as the closer, and starter Johan Santana impressed with a 2.53 ERA and a record of 16-7.

All-Star Players

P Billy Wagner
3B David Wright

2009

Record: 70-92
NL East Finish: 4th
Playoffs: None

The Mets suffered through their first losing season since 2004, due largely to injuries. Thanks to a solid month of May, New York led the division as late as May 29. However, the team had trouble putting together strings of wins, and after an 8-0 loss to the Dodgers on July 7, the Mets were in fourth place. New York remained there for the rest of the season, at one point losing 9 of 10 games.

Santana made a trip to the All-Star Game, though that was largely because of his 2008 performance. The team welcomed a new closer in Francisco Rodriguez, who had 35 saves with a 3.71 ERA. The team’s offense suffered, as not player had more than 12 homers.

All-Star Players

3B David Wright
P Francisco Rodriguez
P Johan Santana
OF Carlos Beltran

2010

Record: 79-83
NL East Finish: 4th
Playoffs: None

The Mets showed some improvement in 2010 but could not put together a winning record. Injuries continued to hurt the team. Carlos Beltran played in only 64 games, and newcomer Jason Bay only played in 95 games.

Despite early setbacks, the Mets put together a solid month of June, and on June 27, the team was only a half-game behind the Braves for the division lead. The Mets could get no closer than that, though, and slid out of contention with a poor showing in the second half of the season.

All-Star Players

3B David Wright
SS Jose Reyes

2011

Record: 77-85
NL East Finish: 4th
Playoffs: None

Terry Collins took over as manager in 2011, but the results were not better. Injuries again played a big role, as Santana missed the entire season. The Mets traded away two of their better players, dealing Francisco Rodriguez on July 12 to Milwaukee and trading All-Star Carlos Beltran to the San Francisco Giants on July 27.

Jose Reyes hit .337 and became the first Met to lead the National League in hitting.

All-Star Players

OF Carlos Beltran
SS Jose Reyes

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