The 1986 season was one of silver and gold for the Mets. Celebrating 25 years of history, the team had its highest winning percentage ever (.667) with 108 wins and 54 losses to claim the National League Eastern Division title. The Mets went to win their third National League pennant and second World Championship.
In ’86, the Mets got off to solid start. They had a 13-3 won-lost record to race to the top of the N. L. East. The team won the season opener with a 4-2 victory at Pittsburgh on April 8. At St. Louis on April 24, they recorded a 5-4 triumph over the Cardinals in 10 innings for their sixth win in a row. The Mets extended their winning streak to 11 games with an 8-1 victory at Atlanta on April 30. The team had a five-game lead over the second-place Expos at the end of the month.
In May, the Mets sent word of how good they were to the rest of the National League. They increased their standings position even further with an 18-9 record for the merry month. After losing at Atlanta to end their winning streak, the Mets chalked up victories in their next seven games. The team went 6-5 on a road trip to Houston and the west coast between May 14 and May 25. At Shea on May 30, the Mets won their fourth straight game with an 8-7 victory over the Giants in 10 innings. They led the Expos by six games at month’s end.
The Mets continued to ride the winning wave in June. The team had a .679 winning percentage (19-9) during the month. After splitting four games at home to start June, the Mets won four of five games in a series at Pittsburgh. They came away with an 8-4 victory over the Phillies in 11 innings at Shea on June 10. The Mets won their seventh consecutive game with a 4-1 triumph over the Expos in 10 innings at Montreal on June 16. They went 3-3 on a home stand and swept a two-game series at Chicago on June 28 and June 29. The Mets concluded the month with a 7-0 victory over the Cardinals at St. Louis on June 30. They had a record of 50-21 for a .704 winning percentage and a nine and one-half game lead over second-place Montreal.
In July, the Mets showed no signs of slowing down. They had another winning record (16-11) for the month and continued to show dominance. On July 3 at Shea, the Mets pulled out an amazing come-from-behind 6-5 win over the Astros in 10 innings. The team increased its winning streak to eight games with a 2-1 triumph over the Astros the next day at Shea. The Mets swept a four-game series against the Braves at Shea from July 10 to July 13. Following the All-Star Break, they went 5-5 on a road trip to Houston, Cincinnati and Atlanta. The Mets closed out the month by splitting a four-game series with the Cubs at Shea. The team was 15 and one-half games in front of the second-place Expos.
For the Mets, August was no different than any other month in ’86. The team had its highest monthly win total of the season with 21. To begin the month, the Mets swept a three-game series against the Expos They had a pair of three-game winning streaks during a road trip to Chicago, Montreal and Philadelphia. The team lost four of six games to the Cardinals at Shea before sweeping a three-game series at Los Angeles from August 18 to August 20. They followed up with two wins in a three-game series at San Francisco. At San Diego on August 27, the Mets completed a three-game sweep of the Padres with a 6-5 win in 11 innings. They closed the month with two wins in three games against the Dodgers at Shea. The Mets’ lead in the Eastern Division was 19 games over the second-place Phillies at the end of August.
It was a “September to Remember” for the Mets. The team chalked up 16 victories and won its first division championship in 13 years. At Shea on September 1, the Mets began the month with a 5-2 Labor Day win over the Giants. They swept a three-game series against the Padres at Shea the following weekend. At Philadelphia between September 12 and September 14, the Mets were denied a division-clinching with three defeats to the Phillies. They locked up a tie for the title with a 4-2 win at St. Louis on September 16. The Mets clinched the N. L. East one night later by defeating the Cubs, 4-2, at Shea. On September 25, the team won its 100th game of the year with a 6-5 victory at Chicago. The month came to a close with the Mets’ record at an all-time best 103-54.
The Mets finished the regular season with a 9-0 win over the Pirates on October 5. In the National League Championship Series against the Astros, the team split the first two games at Houston. In Game 3 on October 11, a ninth-inning home run by Lenny Dykstra gave the Mets a come-from-behind 6-5 win. They lost the next game and took the series lead with a 2-1 victory in 12 innings in Game 5 on October 14. The Mets nailed down the pennant with a heart-wrenching 7-6 triumph in 16 innings at Houston in Game 6 one day later.
In the World Series, the Mets fell behind two games to none against the Red Sox. The team came back with 7-1 and 6-2 victories at Boston on October 21 and October 22, respectively. The Red Sox won the next game to put the Mets on the edge of defeat. In Game 6 at Shea on October 25, the Mets stayed alive in the Series with an amazing comeback in the 10th inning for a 6-5 win. Following a day of rain, the team recorded an 8-5 victory over the Sox on October 27 at Shea to become World Champions.
- Keith Hernandez won a National League Gold Glove Award
- Gary Carter won a National League Silver Slugger Award
- Ray Knight was named World Series Most Valuable Player
- Bud Harrelson and Rusty Staub were inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame