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.
For more, see 2016.
2015 has been the most magical of magical seasons for the Mets. A perfect 10 game homestand and a surprisingly struggling Nationals team were all going to waste, or so it seemed in late July. An ugly blown lead in Washington, a historically bad lineup (guys under .200 hitting 4th and 5th) and a bad Jonathon Niese start dropped the Mets to 49-48.
And then the magic began. The Mets traded for Kelly Johnson & Juan Uribe, called up Michael Conforto, and routed LA. They traded for Tyler Clippard, failed to trade Wilmer Flores, got Yoenis Cespedes at the deadline, and swept the Nats to tie for first. Travis d'Arnaud and David Wright came back, and the Mets went from being the worst offensive team in the NL to being the best. And then Daniel Murphy led them into the World Series.
For more, see 2015.
2014 was a good rebuilding year for the Mets. After opening the season by getting swept at home, the Mets surprised observers with a strong stretch. Their raw numbers were awful. As April ended, their slugging percentage was by far the worst in baseball, and their opponents' OPS was about 100 points higher than their own OPS. And yet the Mets were 15-11.
They opened May by losing 8 of 9, and were down 3 in the ninth apparently on their way to another loss. But they turned it around, and then swept two in Yankee Stadium to get back to .500. They brought up Wilmer Flores, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom, moved Jenrry Mejia to the pen, released Kyle Farnsworth, demoted Omar Quintanilla, and swapped Josh Satin for Eric Campbell. Montero and Flores returned to the minors. deGrom, who had always been overshadowed by seemingly better young pitchers, pitched himself into Rookie of the Year discussions. Travis d'Arnaud was sent down, found his swing, and became the hitter the Mets had hoped for.
The Mets continued their ups and downs. In a reversal of April, the Mets spent the next few months outhitting and outscoring their opponents, but losing most of their games. Things started looking up again in July, where the young pitching excelled and the bats came to life.
They struggled again in August, before finishing strong. Lucas Duda heroics in the last 2 games helped Met fans enter the offseason on a high note for the first time in quite a while.
For more, see 2014.
Expectations were quite low going into the 2013 season, and the Mets' lived down to them. How bad could 2013 possibly be, Adam Rubin asked. If you have to ask, you're not paying attention he answered.
The Mets opened the season 24-39 before Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit the home run that ended Western Civilization. That began a 30-22 stretch. The previously atrocious outfield and bullpen turned it around, as did Ike Davis after an awful first half. Met fans saw young pitching reminiscent of the Mets' glory years. The optimism was marred by another late season collapse, hastened by injuries to their best players and the trade of Marlon Byrd.
The Mets had a great first half, entering the All Star break at 46-40. Then they collapsed, finishing the season at 74-88, 24 games behind the Nationals.
For more, see 2012.
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