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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, and 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.

For more, see 2015.

Key players:

1B: Lucas Duda

2B: Daniel Murphy

SS: Wilmer Flores, Ruben Tejada

3B: David Wright

OF: Curtis Granderson

OF: Yoenis Cespedes

OF: Michael Conforto

OF: Michael Cuddyer

OF: Juan Lagares

OF: Kirk Nieuwenhuis

C: Travis d'Arnaud

Starting Pitchers:

Relief Pitchers:

Remember These? Best 2014 Games
September 27: Duda's Homer Jolts Astros
September 21: Mets Complete Three-Game Sweep of Braves
September 10: Montero Leads Shutout for First Win
September 9: DeGrom Leads Shutout of Rockies
September 8: Two-Run 9th Beats Rockies
September 5: Eighteen Hits Rout Reds
September 2: Sixteen Hits Fillet the Fish
August 29: Three-Run Hitless 7th Gives Mets Win
August 24: Four Homers, Triple Play Bury Dodgers
August 9: Duda's Single in 11th Beats Phillies
August 8: Mets Hold Off Phils for Colon's 200th
July 30: Fifteen Hits Pound Phillies
July 25: Comeback in 9th Stuns Brewers
July 13: DeGrom Leads Mets Over Fish for Sweep
July 12: Pinch-Hitters Come Through in Clutch
July 11: Twelve Hits Whip Marlins
July 8: Mets Win 4,000th Game
July 7: Tejada's Single in 11th Beats Braves
June 24: Four Homers Rout Athletics
June 22: Seventeen Hits Fillet Fish
June 21: DeGrom's First Major League Win
June 19: Wheeler Shuts Out Marlins
June 10: Teagarden Slams Brewers in Met Debut
June 1: Duda Blasts Phils in 11th
May 31: Mets Defeat Phils in 14 Innings
May 29: Fifteen Strikeouts Stifle Phillies
May 13: Mets Defeat Yanks for Sixth Straight Time
May 12: Four Homers Overcome Yankees
May 11: Mets Rally, Beat Phils in 11
April 25: Comeback in 9th Stuns Marlins
April 20: Mets Win in 14 Innings
April 16: Mets Complete Three-Game Sweep of D'Backs
April 15: Mets Whip D'Backs With Three-Hit Shutout
April 14: Thirteen Hits Put Bite on Snakes
April 12: Recker Homers in 13th
April 5: Davis Slams Reds in 9th


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.

2014 preview

Before the 2014 season, the Mets acquired outfielders Curtis Granderson and Chris Young and pitchers Bartolo Colon, John Lannan and Daisuke Matsuzaka. They were expected to trade one of their first basemen but didn't get the deal they were looking for. Sandy Alderson set a goal of 90 wins for the season, but few analysts considered that goal realistic, generally projecting the Mets to repeat the previous seasons' level of a few games under 500.

Perspective at end of 2013 season

The Mets' 2013 midseason surge and their young talent should make the next few years fun and exciting.

While in June the team seemed to have nothing but holes, a midseason surge and Minor League success give reason to believe that the pieces may be falling into place.

The likely 2014 initial rotation is expected to include Zack Wheeler Jonathon Niese, Dillon Gee, Jenrry Mejia and a veteran for the bottom of the rotation. By midseason, Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard may force their way in. In 2015, Matt Harvey should rejoin the crew.

Bobby Parnell, Jack Leathersich, Carlos Torres, Jeurys Familia and some returning veterans should provide a solid bullpen.

Travis d'Arnaud should make the Mets better behind the plate, and Wilmer Flores should find a role at first or second.

About $50 million comes off the payroll this winter just from Johan Santana, Jason Bay and Frank Francisco. This is a small payroll team in a big market. They're expected to spend to add one or two corner outfielders and possibly a shortstop.


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 attentionhe 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.

2012 - 2013 Offseason

The Mets replaced David Wright's one year deal with an eight year, $138 million deal.

They then traded R.A. Dickey and catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas to the Toronto Blue Jays for the Blue Jays' top prospect, catcher Travis d'Arnaud, their top pitching prospect, Noah Syndergaard, 18-year-old outfielder Wuilmer Becerra, and veteran catcher John Buck.

A month earlier, Dickey became the third Met to win the N.L. Cy Young Award, joining Tom Seaver (1969, 1973, 1975) and Dwight Gooden (1985).

Also this offseason the Mets:


Remember these?
July 4, 1985: Rainy Night in Georgia
July 21, 2004: David's Debut
May 31, 1964: 23 Inning Nightcap
Oct 6, 1991: Cone Fans 19

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.

There were some nice moments though. Johan Santana threw the first no hitter in Mets' history, and R.A. Dickey became only the third Met to win the Cy Young Award.

For more, see 2012.

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