The 2008 season was the Mets' last one at Shea Stadium. They concluded the 45-year history of the stadium with an 89-73 won-lost record. The Mets finished the season in second place, both in the National League Eastern Division and in the N. L. Wild Card.
The Mets started the '08 season with 14 wins in their first 26 games. In the season opener on March 31, the team recorded a 7-2 victory over the Marlins at Florida. The Mets dropped four of their first five April games, including a 5-2 loss to the Phillies at Shea Stadium's last home opener, but won eight of their next ten. The team halted a three-game losing streak with a 7-2 win over the Nationals at Washington on April 23. The Mets won three in a row at Shea from April 26 to April 29. At the end of April, they were one-half game behind the division-leading Marlins.
The Mets had a tough month of May. They won 13 of their 28 games played. The team began May by splitting six games on a road trip to Arizona and Los Angeles. At Shea from May 10 to May 15, the Mets went 3-4 against the Reds and Nationals. They chalked up 7-4 and 11-2 wins over the Yankees on May 17 and May 18, respectively. At Colorado on May 24, the Mets ended a five-game losing streak with a 9-2 triumph over the Rockies. The team won four of its last five games of the month. At 27-27 on the season, the Mets stood in fourth place in the N. L. East.
In June, the Mets had another 13-15 won-lost record. They started the month with a 6-1 victory over the Dodgers at Shea on June 1. From June 2 to June 8, the team lost five of seven games at San Francisco and San Diego. They split six games at Shea against the Diamondbacks and Rangers between June 10 and June 15. With Jerry Manuel replacing Willie Randolph as manager, the Mets won four of six at Anaheim and Colorado. They lost two of three against the Mariners at Shea before splitting four games with the Yankees in a weekend series. The Mets were third in the division, three and one-half games behind the front-running Phillies.
The Mets turned their season around in July. The team won 18 games and lost only eight for the month. Between July 1 and July 7, the Mets recorded five victories in seven games at St. Louis and Philadelphia. On an ensuing home stand, the team went 6-0 against the Giants and Rockies. The Mets won their tenth game in a row with a 10-8 triumph at Cincinnati on July 17. They went into first place in the division by defeating the Phillies, 3-1, on July 24 at Shea. The team then split their final six games of July to place them one game in back of the Phils in the N. L. East.
In August, the Mets had another 18-win month and a .621 percentage. After three defeats at Houston from August 1 to August 3, they won four of their next five games at Shea. The Mets recorded six straight victories at Washington and Pittsburgh from August 12 to August 17. The team won five of seven against the Braves and Astros between August 19 and August 25 at Shea. The Mets won three of five games at Philadelphia and Florida to end the month. They had a one-game lead over the Phillies in the division.
The Mets concluded the season with 13 wins and 12 losses in September. The team swept a three-game series at Milwaukee to begin the month and had a 4-4 record on an ensuing home stand. At Washington and Atlanta from September 15 to September 21, the Mets won three times in seven games. They split a four-game series against the Cubs at Shea between September 22 and September 25. The Mets chalked up their final win at Shea with a 2-0 triumph over the Marlins on September 27. In the stadium finale one day later, the team suffered a 4-2 loss to the Fish that kept them out of the post-season. The Mets finished three games behind the division-winning Phillies and a game in back of the Wild Card Brewers.
- Carlos Beltran and David Wright won National League Gold Glove Awards
- Wright won a National League Silver Slugger Award