In 2011, the Mets made a change in managers. Terry Collins was brought in as the 20th skipper in the history of the team. Under the new leader, the Mets compiled a .475 winning percentage and ended up fourth in the National League Eastern Division.
The Mets started the '11 season with 11 wins and 16 losses in April. The team opened with a split of six games at Florida and Philadelphia. At Citi Field from April 8 to April 14, the Mets dropped six of seven games against the Nationals and Rockies. They stopped a seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory at Atlanta on April 17. The team compiled a six-game winning streak between April 21 and April 27. They ended the month with three straight losses. The Mets were seven and one-half games behind the first-place Phillies in the National League Eastern Division.
The Mets' season got a little better in May. For the month, they recorded 14 wins in 27 games played. The Mets chalked up a 2-1 victory over the Phillies in 14 innings at Philadelphia on May 1. On an ensuing home stand, the team split six games against the Giants and Dodgers. The Mets went 5-2 at Colorado and Houston from May 9 to May 15. They won two of three games against the Marlins at Citi Field before a road trip on which they won two and lost four. The Mets closed out May with three defeats in five games at home. The team was eight and one-half games in back of the front-running Phils and fourth in the division.
In June, the Mets posted another winning record. The team went 16-11 for a .593 winning percentage for the month. The Mets won three of five games at Citi Field before going 6-4 on a road trip between June 7 and June 16. They split six interleague games against the Angels and Athletics from June 17 to June 23 at Citi Field. The Mets ended the month with four wins in six games at Texas and Detroit. At 41-40 and third in the N. L. East, the team was nine and one-half games behind division-leading Philadelphia.
The Mets played above the .500 mark again in July. They had 14 victories and 13 defeats during the month. On July 3, the Mets began a four-game winning streak with a 3-2 triumph over the Yankees in 10 innings at Citi Field. The team lost two of three at San Francisco just before the All-Star Break. From July 15 to July 21, the Mets went 3-4 at home against the Phillies and Cardinals. They ended the month with six wins in ten games at Florida, Cincinnati and Washington. The Mets trailed the first-place Phils by 13 and one-half games in the division standings.
August was a difficult month for the Mets. The team had a 10-16 won-lost record for a .385 winning percentage. Between August 1 and August 11, the Mets had three wins and six losses at Citi Field. They were swept in a three-game series at Arizona and followed up with two wins in three games at San Diego. The Mets ended a five-game losing streak with a 7-4 win at Philadelphia on August 24. They recorded a 6-0 victory over the Braves on August 26 at Citi Field. The team concluded the month with three wins in four games against the Marlins at Citi Field. The Mets closed August in third place, 22 games in back of the front-running Phillies.
The Mets closed the season with 12 wins and 16 losses in September. They began the month with a 7-5 win over the Marlins at Citi Field. The team won four of six games at Washington and Florida before dropping eight of nine at home against the Braves, Cubs and Nationals. From September 16 to September 22, the Mets won three of six games at Atlanta and St. Louis. They swept a doubleheader (2-1 and 6-3) against the Phillies at Citi Field on September 24. The team ended a three-game losing streak with a season-closing 3-0 victory over the Reds at Citi Field. The Mets finished with a 77-85 won-lost record for the year.