In 2005, the Mets compiled more wins than losses for the first time in four years. With the additions of Carlos Beltran, Pedro Martinez and new manager Willie Randolph, the team posted an 83-79 mark. The Mets finished the season tied for third in the National League Eastern Division.
The Mets began the year slowly. They had a .458 percentage with 11 wins and 13 defeats. After dropping their first five games of the season, the Mets recorded their first win under Randolph with a 6-1 victory over the Braves at Atlanta on April 10. One day later, the team defeated the Astros by a score of 8-4 in the home opener at Shea Stadium. The Mets increased their win streak to six games on April 16 with a 4-3 triumph over the Marlins at Shea. They split six games with the Nationals and Braves at Shea between April 22 and April 27. In their first regular season game ever in Washington, the Mets suffered a 5-1 loss to the Nationals on April 29. They ended the month four games in back of the first-place Marlins.
The Mets turned their season around in May. They won 15 games and lost 13 during the month. The team recorded its first win ever in Washington with a 6-3 victory over the Nationals on May 1. They won three of four against the Phillies at Shea from May 2 to May 5. On an ensuing road trip, the Mets went 3-3 at Chicago and Milwaukee. The team won five of nine on a home stand between May 13 and May 22. The Mets followed four straight defeats with three consecutive victories at Florida from May 26 to May 28. At month's end, they were at the .500 mark (26-26) and only two and one-half games behind the co-leading Braves and Marlins.
In June, the Mets stayed at the break-even point. The team posted a 13-13 won-lost record for the month. The Mets started June with five wins in six games at Shea. They ended a three-game skid with a 5-3 triumph over the Angels in 10 innings at Shea on June 11. From June 14 to June 19, the Mets dropped five of six games in a pair of interleague series at Oakland and Seattle. They followed with four wins in six road games against the Phillies and Yankees. The Mets closed out June by winning twice in a three-game series against the Phils at Shea. Their 39-39 record on the season landed them fifth in the division, eight games behind the front-running Nationals.
The Mets got above the break-even mark in July. They won 14 of their 27 games played. After beginning the month with two losses in three games against the Marlins at Shea, the Mets won four of seven at Washington and Pittsburgh. The team split four games with the Braves at Shea from July 14 to July 17. They Mets chalked up five victories in six games against the Padres and Dodgers between July 19 and July 24 at Shea. They went 2-5 at Colorado and Houston to finish the month. However, the Mets still found themselves at the bottom of the N. L. East despite being one game above .500 at 53-52.
The Mets enhanced their position in August. They compiled 16 wins while losing 11 for the month. To begin August, the team won four of six games against the Brewers and Cubs at Shea. They dropped four of six on an ensuing west coast trip to San Diego and Los Angeles. Between August 16 and August 21, the Mets won four of six against the Pirates and Nationals at Shea. They followed up by sweeping a four-game series at Arizona. When the month came to and end, the team was in fourth place in the division with a 69-63 record.
To wind down the season, the Mets won 14 of their final 30 games. At Florida on September 4, they stopped a four-game losing streak with a 7-1 win over the Marlins. The team dropped its next six games before a 7-2 victory at St. Louis on September 11. From September 13 to September 22, the Mets went 4-5 against the Nationals, Braves and Marlins at Shea. They won five in a row at Washington and Philadelphia between September 23 and September 27. The Mets won three straight games against the Rockies at Shea from September 29 to October 1. The team ended the year seven games behind the division-champion Braves.