In 2001, the Mets had their fifth consecutive winning season. The team posted an 82-80 won-lost record. They ended up in third place in the National League Eastern Division.
The Mets began the season slowly. They won 10 games and lost 15 for a .400 percentage in April. The Mets started the year with a 6-4 victory in 10 innings at Atlanta on April 3. However, they had a pair of three-game losing streaks by the end of the first half of the month. At St. Louis on April 28, the Mets stopped a four-game skid with a 6-5 triumph in 11 innings. They closed out the month with an 8-2 win over the Astros at Shea on April 30 at Shea. The team was at the bottom of the division, four and one-half games behind the first place Phillies.
May did not offer a reprieve for the Mets. The team won only 12 of its 29 games during the month. The Mets had four victories in their first six May games, but followed with a six-game losing streak. They ended the skid with a 1-0 win over the Padres at Shea Stadium on May 15. Between May 20 and May 25, the Mets won five of six games. They were swept by the Phillies in a three-game series at Shea from May 28 to May 30. The Mets closed out the month with a 5-3 defeat at Florida on May 31. The team was in fourth place in the N. L. East, thirteen games behind the front-running Phils.
The Mets had another sub-.500 month in June. They recorded 13 wins and 15 losses. The team started the month with four victories in six games at Florida and Philadelphia. They went 4-5 in a string of interleague games from June 8 to June 17. The Mets won three straight games against the Expos from June 18 to June 20 at Shea. They ended a six-game losing streak with a 5-4 triumph at Chicago on June 27. At month's end, the Mets found themselves twelve games in back of the first-place Phillies.
The Mets finally had a winning month in July. The team posted a percentage of .560 with 14 victories and 11 defeats. The month started with a 2-1 win at Atlanta on July 1. They dropped five of eight games between July 3 and July 13. The Mets had a five-game winning streak between July 14 and July 18. From July 27 to July 29, they won three in a row against the Phillies at Shea. The team ended the month in fourth place, eleven games behind the division-leading Braves.
In August, the Mets posted another winning mark. They won 15 and lost 13 during the month. The team started August with wins in five of its first eight games. At Los Angeles on August 18, the Mets stopped a seven-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory over the Dodgers. This triumph began a string of seven wins in eight games for the team. They closed August with three consecutive wins at Shea. The Mets had moved into third place in the N. L. East.
The Mets played solidly to finish out the season. They went 18-9 (.667) in September and October. The team recorded a 3-2 victory over the Marlins in 11 innings at Shea on September 1. They began a six-game winning streak with a 10-7 Labor Day victory at Philadelphia on September 3. The tragic events of September 11 brought a temporary halt to the season. When play resumed, the Mets recorded a three-game sweep at Pittsburgh from September 17 to September 19. At Shea on September 21, they came out with an emotional 3-2 win over the Braves. The Mets ended September with four wins in six games at Montreal and Atlanta. Between October 1 and October 7, they went 2-4 at Shea in the season's final games.
- Mike Piazza won a National League Silver Slugger Award
- Armando Benitez was named National League Rolaids Relief Man of the Year
- Gary Carter was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame