1988 New York Mets season

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1988 New York Mets
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Fred Wilpon and Nelson Doubleday, Jr.
General manager(s) Frank Cashen
Manager(s) Davey Johnson
Local television WOR-TV/SportsChannel New York
(Ralph Kiner, Steve Zabriskie, Tim McCarver, Fran Healy, Rusty Staub)
Local radio WFAN
(Bob Murphy, Gary Thorne, Charlie Slowes)
WJIT (spanish)
(Juan Alicea, Billy Berroa)
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The New York Mets' 1988 season was the 27th regular season for the Mets. They went 100-60 and finished 1st in the NL East. They were managed by Davey Johnson. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

  • August 9: The Mets participated in the first official night game at Wrigley Field, which the Cubs won, 6-4.

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB
New York Mets 100 60 .625 --
Pittsburgh Pirates 85 75 .531 15
Montreal Expos 81 81 .500 20
Chicago Cubs 77 85 .475 24
St. Louis Cardinals 76 86 .469 25
Philadelphia Phillies 65 96 .404 35.5

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1988 New York Mets
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager
  •  5 Davey Johnson

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Gary Carter 130 455 110 .242 11 46
1B Keith Hernandez 95 348 96 .276 11 55
2B Wally Backman 99 294 89 .303 0 17
3B Howard Johnson 148 495 114 .230 24 68
SS Kevin Elster 149 406 87 .214 9 37
LF Kevin McReynolds 147 552 159 .288 27 99
CF Len Dykstra 126 429 116 .270 8 33
RF Darryl Strawberry 153 543 146 .269 39 101

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Mookie Wilson 112 378 112 .296 8 41
Dave Magadan 112 314 87 .277 1 35
Tim Teufel 90 273 64 .234 4 31
Mackey Sasser 60 123 35 .285 1 17

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dwight Gooden 34 248.1 18 9 3.19 175
Ron Darling 34 240.2 17 9 3.25 161
David Cone 35 231.1 20 3 2.22 213
Bob Ojeda 29 190.1 10 13 2.88 133
Sid Fernandez 31 187 12 10 3.03 189

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Randy Myers 55 7 3 26 1.72 69
John Mitchell 1 0 0 0 0.00 1

NLCS[edit]

Game 1[edit]

October 4: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 8 1
Los Angeles 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 4 0
WP: Randy Myers (1-0)  LP: Jay Howell (0-1)
HR: NYM – None.; LA – None.

Game 2[edit]

October 5: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 6 0
Los Angeles 1 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 6 7 0
WP: Tim Belcher (1-0)  LP: David Cone (0-1)  SV: Alejandro Peña (1)
HR: NYMKeith Hernandez (1); LA – None.

Game 3[edit]

October 8: Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 7 2
New York 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 5 X 8 9 2
WP: Randy Myers (2-0)  LP: Alejandro Peña (0-1)
HR: LA – None.; NYM – None.

Game 4[edit]

October 9: Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Los Angeles 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 5 7 1
New York 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 10 2
WP: Alejandro Peña (1-1)  LP: Roger McDowell (0-1)   SV: Orel Hershiser (1)
HR: LAMike Scioscia (1), Kirk Gibson (1); NYMDarryl Strawberry (1), Kevin McReynolds (1)

Game 5[edit]

October 10: Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 7 12 0
New York 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 4 9 1
WP: Tim Belcher (2-0)  LP: Sid Fernandez (0-1)  SV: Brian Holton (1)
HR: LAKirk Gibson (2); NYMLenny Dykstra (1)

Game 6[edit]

October 11: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 5 11 0
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 2
WP: David Cone (1-1)  LP: Tim Leary (0-1)
HR: NYMKevin McReynolds (2); LA – None.

Game 7[edit]

October 12: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
Los Angeles 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 6 10 0
WP: Orel Hershiser (1-0)  LP: Ron Darling (0-1)
HR: NYM – None.; LA – None.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Keith Hernandez, Gold Glove Award
  • Keith Hernandez, Major League Record, Most Gold Gloves by a First Basemen (it was also his 11th Consecutive Gold Glove)[6]
  • Kevin McReynolds - Player of the Month, September 1988
  • Gary Carter - 300 career home runs, and set record for career putouts for a catcher

1988 MLB All-Star Game

  • Gary Carter
  • David Cone
  • Dwight Gooden
  • Darryl Strawberry

Team leaders[edit]

  • Games - Darryl Strawberry (153)
  • At-Bats - Kevin McReynolds (552)
  • Home Runs - Darryl Strawberry (39)
  • Runs Batted In - Darryl Strawberry (101)
  • Batting Average - Wally Backman (.303)
  • Hits - Kevin McReynolds (159)
  • Doubles - Kevin McReynolds (30)
  • Triples - Mookie Wilson (5)
  • Walks - Howard Johnson (86)
  • Stolen Bases - Len Dykstra (30)
  • Wins - David Cone (20)

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tidewater Tides International League Mike Cubbage
AA Jackson Mets Texas League Tucker Ashford
A St. Lucie Mets Florida State League Clint Hurdle
A Columbia Mets South Atlantic League Butch Hobson
Short-Season A Little Falls Mets New York–Penn League Bill Stein
Rookie Kingsport Mets Appalachian League Bobby Floyd
Rookie GCL Mets Gulf Coast League John Tamargo

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: St. Lucie, Kingsport[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jesse Orosco page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Rafael Santana page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Randy Milligan page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Mike Maksudian page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Héctor Ramírez page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.47, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  7. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007

External links[edit]

Preceded by
St. Louis Cardinals
1987
NL East Championship Season
1988
Succeeded by
Chicago Cubs
1989