The 2016 season was a challenging one for the Mets. In defense of their National League championship from the previous year, the team was hoarded by injuries to many of its key players. Despite the ongoing health issues, they managed to compile 87 wins for a second-place divisional standing and an N. L. Wild Card berth.
The Mets began the year with fifteen wins in twenty-two games in April. They started off with a split of a two-game World Series rematch in Kansas City, but then endured four losses in six games at Citi Field. The team won two of three in series at both Cleveland and Philadelphia before sweeping a three-game weekend set over the Braves in Atlanta. The Mets won all three games of a series against the Reds from April 25 to April 27. They set a new team record with twelve runs in an inning and hammered the Giants, 13-1, at Citi Field on April 29. One day later, the Mets ended the month with a 6-5 triumph over the Giants. The team stood one-half game behind the Washington Nationals for the National League East Division lead
The Mets struggled to a 14-15 won-lost record for the month of May. The team recorded a pair of victories over the Braves at Citi Field before splitting a four-game series with the Padres in San Diego. The Mets chalked up a pair of wins at Los Angeles, the second of which was a 4-1 triumph that featured two home runs by winning pitcher Noah Syndergaard on May 11. The team lost four straight games to the Colorado Rockies in Denver the next weekend. At Citi Field on May 17, they started a home stand with a 2-0 shutout win over the Nationals. The Mets swept the Brewers three straight from May 20 to May 22 at Citi Field and followed by taking two of three games in Washington. On May 27, a walk-off homer by Curtis Granderson gave the team a 6-5 win over the Dodgers. The Mets defeated the White Sox, 1-0, on a homer by Neil Walker on Memorial Day afternoon at Citi Field. The team was second in the East Divison, two games behind the Nats at month’s end.
The Mets’ troubles continued in June. They garnered only twelve victories and fell further behind in the standings. For the Mets, the month started off with a 13-inning defeat to the White Sox on June 1. The team won two of three games in Miami before dropping both games of a doubleheader in Pittsburgh. On June 8, Ty Kelly hit his first major league home run and the Mets came away with a 6-5 win over the Pirates in 10 innings. They split a four-game weekend series at Milwaukee and followed up by winning two of three against the Pirates at Citi Field. On an ensuing road trip to Atlanta and Washington, they suffered five defeats in seven games against the Braves and Nats. The Mets ended the month with a 4-3 triumph over the Cubs at Citi Field on June 30. The team was six games behind Washington and just one-half game in front of the third-place Marlins in the N. L. East.
The Mets had a break-even record of 13-13 in July. They began the month by clubbing five home runs (including Brandon Nimmo’s first as a major leaguer) in a 10-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. The team defeated the Cubs twice more and then won two out of three against the Marlins. The Mets lost three of four against the Nationals before the All-Star Break and followed by taking two of three at Philadelphia, the second triumph being a one-hit shutout by Jacob deGrom on July 17. They had three wins and three losses on an ensuing trip to Chicago and Miami before splitting a doubleheader with the Cardinals on July 26 at Citi Field. The Mets concluded the month with a 6-4 triumph over the Rockies at Citi Field that stopped a four-game skid. The team found itself third in the division behind the Nationals and Marlins, six and one-half games out.
The Mets won 15 of 29 games in August. To open the month, they split four games with the Yankees in a Subway Series. The team lost six of its next seven games before a 3-2 victory over the Padres (Gabriel Ynoa’s first major league win) on August 13. One day later, Steven Matz pitched seven scoreless and hitless innings as the Mets defeated San Diego, 5-1, at Citi Field. The Mets won five of ten games on a road trip to Arizona, San Francisco and St. Louis between August 15 and August 25. They finished the month by winning five of six games against the Phillies and Marlins at Citi Field. The Mets climbed back into second place in the East Division, but dropped to nine full games behind the front-running Nats.
In September and early October, the Mets accumulated 18 wins to conclude the regular season. The team began a six-game winning streak with a 3-1 triumph over the Nationals at Citi Field on September 3. In the streak, they swept a series at Cincinnati and defeated the Braves, 6-4, at Atlanta. The Mets started their final home stand for the year with a sweep of a three-game interleague series against the Twins. They followed by winning three of four games over the Phillies and then took two of three against the Marlins at Miami. On September 30 and October 1, the Mets recorded 5-1 and 5-3 victories at Philadelphia to gain a spot in the National League Wild Card Game.