The Mets had another forgettable season in 1982. With George Bamberger as manager, the team finished last in the National League East Division for the fourth time in six years. The Mets had a 65-97 won-lost record for the season.
The Mets started the season with 10 wins and 10 losses in April. At Philadelphia on April 8, they won their eighth straight Opening Day game with a 7-2 victory over the Phillies. After splitting a four-game series with the Cubs in Chicago, the team recorded a win in its home opener by defeating the Phillies, 5-2, at Shea Stadium on April 13. The Mets won five of eight on their first home stand of the season and dropped two of three in consecutive series at Montreal and San Diego. They concluded the month with a 5-4 loss at San Francisco on April 30.
In May, the Mets came alive. They had a .607 winning percentage for the month with 17 wins in 28 games. After going 2-3 on the west coast to start the month, the Mets split four games with the Giants at Shea. Against the Padres on May 10, the team pulled out a 3-2 win on Bob Bailor’s double in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Mets defeated San Diego again, 6-0, the following night, won three of four games against the Dodgers and took two of three against the Reds to complete the home stand. They won four of six at Houston and Atlanta before losing two of three against the Astros at Shea. On May 31, the Mets ended the month with a 10-4 Memorial Day victory over the Braves at Shea. The Mets stood in second place in the N. L. East, three and one-half games behind the Cardinals.
The Mets dropped back in June. The team reverted to its familiar ways with a .333 winning percentage for the month. At Cincinnati on June 6, the Mets stopped a four-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Reds. They lost three of five on a home stand and won four of six on a road trip to Pittsburgh and St. Louis. The Mets dropped three of four games to the Expos at Shea from June 21 to June 24. They followed up by getting swept in a five-game series at Philadelphia. When the month ended, the team was three games under .500 and in fifth place in the division.
Things did not improve for the Mets in July. They failed to reach double digits in wins for the second month in a row, posting a 9-17 record. The team started July with a pair of wins followed by seven consecutive defeats. On the west coast after the All-Star Break, the Mets split both a four-game series with the Dodgers and a two-game set against the Giants. They scored twice in the ninth inning for a 4-3 victory at San Diego on July 24 and followed up with five straight losses. The Mets concluded the month with a 9-4 triumph over the Pirates on July 31 at Shea. The team stood 13 and one-half games behind the first-place Phillies.
The Mets reached a new low in August. A winning percentage of .172 (5-24) was their worst ever for any specific full month. After a 4-3 defeat to the Pirates at Shea on August 1, the team won three of seven games at Chicago and Pittsburgh. They ended a four-game skid with a 6-4 victory over the Cubs on August 13 at Shea. The Mets chalked up a 5-4 win over the Cubs in the first game of a doubleheader at Shea on August 15. The team followed up with fifteen straight defeats to close out the month. With a record of 50-80, they found themselves buried in the division cellar.
The Mets recorded 15 wins over the remainder of the season. The team broke its losing streak with a 5-1 win over the Astros at Shea on September 1. They won two of three against the Reds at Shea and split six games at Pittsburgh and St. Louis. After dropping two of three at Montreal, the Mets got swept by the Cardinals in a five-game series at Shea. They followed up with a 2-1 victory over the Expos in 10 innings in a doubleheader opener at Shea on September 21. The Mets won two games in Chicago and finished off September with four wins in a seven-game home stand. On October 1, the team recorded a 1-0 victory in 10 innings at Philadelphia on Terry Leach’s one-hitter. The Mets then closed out the ’82 season with a pair of losses to the Phils. They finished 27 games in back of the divison-winning Cardinals.