The Mets had a successful season in 2006. The team compiled a 97-65 won-lost record to win its first division title in 18 years. The Mets' .599 winning percentage was the highest in the National League. In the post-season, they came up short of a league championship.
The Mets got off to a flying start in '06. For April, they won 16 of their 24 games played. The Mets defeated the Nationals, 3-2, in the season opener at Shea Stadium on April 3. The team won seven in a row from April 6 to April 14. The Mets went 6-4 on a road trip to San Diego, San Francisco and Atlanta between April 20 to April 30. They stood at the top of the National League East Division, six games ahead of the Phillies and Braves.
The Mets posted another winning record in May. The team had 16 victories and a .571 percentage for the month. From May 1 to May 7, the Mets won six of seven games against the Nationals, Pirates and Braves at Shea. They went 3-6 on an ensuing road trip. At Shea between May 19 and May 25, the Mets won four of six games against the Yankees and Phillies. They followed up with two wins in a three-game series at Florida. The Mets ended the month by defeating the Diamondbacks twice in three games at Shea. The team remained in first place, four and one-half games in front of the second-place Braves.
In June, the Mets seperated themselves from the rest of the N. L. East. They won 15 times while losing 12 for the month. After dropping two of three games to the Giants at Shea to start the month, the Mets won nine of ten on a road trip to Los Angeles, Arizona and Philadelphia. They went 3-4 against the Orioles and Reds at Shea from June 16 to June 22. The Mets won two of three games at Toronto before closing the month with four consecutive defeats. The team had increased its division lead to ten and one-half games above the second-place Marlins.
The Mets continued their winning ways in July. During the month, the team won 16 and lost nine for a .640 percentage. On July 1, the Mets recorded an 8-3 triumph over the Yankees. They won five of eight against the Pirates and Marlins at Shea between July 3 and July 9. At Chicago on July 16, the Mets chalked up a 13-7 victory at Chicago in which Cliff Floyd and Carlos Beltran each hit a grand slam in the sixth inning. The team won two of three at Cincinnati and did so against against the Astros at Shea from July 18 to July 23. They closed out July with a three-game sweep at Atlanta. At 63-41 on the season, the Mets had the best record in the National League and stood 14 games ahead of the second-place Phillies in the East.
There were no signs of slowing down with the Mets in August. They won 19 games while suffering only nine losses for the month. The team had a five-game winning streak between August 5 and August 10. They followed a three-game losing streak with seven straight wins from August 17 to August 24. The Mets won four in a row between August 26 and August 30. Their N. L. East lead had grown to 15 and one-half games.
In September, the Mets recorded 14 wins in 29 games. They recorded a pair of victories at Houston to start the month and swept a doubleheader against the Braves (4-1 and 8-0) at Shea on September 6. The Mets lost four of six games at Florida and Pittsburgh between September 11 and September 17. At Shea on September 18, the team defeated the Marlins by a score of 4-0 to clinch the East Division title. The Mets dropped seven of eight games between September 20 and September 27. They ended the month with three straight wins.
On October 1, the Mets concluded the regular season with a 6-2 victory over the Nationals at Washington. In the National League Division Series, the team defeated the Dodgers in three consecutive games between October 4 and October 7. At Shea on October 12, the Mets came away with a 2-0 win over the Cardinals to begin the National League Championship Series. They lost three of the next four games and tied the Series with a 4-2 triumph in Game 6 on October 18 at Shea. One night later, the Mets were defeated in Game 7 by a score of 3-1 to bring their season to an end.
- Beltran won a National League Gold Glove Award
- Beltran and Jose Reyes won National League Silver Slugger Awards