2009 New York Mets season

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2009 New York Mets
Citi Field Home Opener.JPG
The first regular season game ever played at Citi Field, April 13, 2009
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record70–92 (.432)
Divisional place4th
Other information
Owner(s)Fred Wilpon
General manager(s)Omar Minaya
Manager(s)Jerry Manuel
Local televisionSportsNet New York
WPIX (CW affiliate)
Gary Cohen, Ralph Kiner, Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling, Bob Ojeda
Local radioWFAN (English)
Howie Rose, Wayne Hagin, Ed Coleman
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The 2009 New York Mets season was a season in American baseball. It was the franchise's 48th season, and the team's first year at Citi Field, which opened on April 13 against the San Diego Padres.[1] The Mets finished with a 70–92 record, as the season was plagued by many injuries.

Offseason[edit]

Looking to improve the bullpen after the struggles of the 2008 season, the Mets signed closer Francisco Rodríguez to a three-year, $37 million contract on December 10, 2008.[2] Immediately after, the team acquired reliever J. J. Putz from the Seattle Mariners in a three team trade involving the Mariners and the Cleveland Indians, giving the Mets a setup man for Rodriguez. New York shipped reliever Aaron Heilman, outfielder Endy Chávez, pitcher Jason Vargas and three minor leaguers to Seattle for Putz, center fielder Jeremy Reed and reliever Sean Green, while Mets reliever Joe Smith was acquired by Cleveland.[3]

On December 12 the Mets traded Scott Schoeneweis to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Connor Robertson. On January 12, the Mets signed RHP Tim Redding to a one-year contract. The Mets signed Alex Cora to a one-year $2 million contract. The Mets signed Freddy García and Rob Mackowiak to minor league deals. Garcia's contract, which was full of incentives, could have reached $8 million if he reached the major league roster. On April 3, 2009, the Mets signed outfielder Gary Sheffield after being released by the Detroit Tigers.[4]

Roster[edit]

2009 New York Mets
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Utility player

Manager

Coaches

Regular season[edit]

Patch worn on the left sleeve during home games the 2009 season.
In its opening season, Citi Field drew over 3.1 million fans with a game average of 92.7% of seats filled, 4th best in baseball.

The Mets opened up the season in Cincinnati against the Reds on April 6. The Mets collected the victory, improving their win-loss record on opening day. The first home game at Citi Field was on April 13, 2009 against the San Diego Padres, who spoiled the opener with a 6–5 win against the Mets. In that game, Jody Gerut of the Padres became the first player to open a new ballpark with a leadoff home run.

On April 17, Gary Sheffield hit his 500th home run against the Milwaukee Brewers. On May 10, José Reyes stole his 300th base against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Despite an injury depleted roster, the Mets finished May with a 19–9 record and trailed the Philadelphia Phillies by a half game for the NL East lead.

After finishing April and May with a combined record of 28–21,[5] injuries hurt the Mets in June and they went 9–18,[5] their worst month since September 2003, but lost only 2½ games in the standings, as the Phillies were having their own struggles. Injuries continued to hurt them Mets in July, as they went 12–14, quickly falling to 4th place in the National League East and out of playoff contention.[5]

Citi Field, the Mets new stadium.

On July 10, the Mets sent outfielder Ryan Church to the Atlanta Braves for outfielder Jeff Francoeur.

However, the Mets did set a team record during the 2009 season. They had a team-record 10 hits in the fourth inning on August 18 against the Atlanta Braves. They scored eight runs in that inning, on their way to a 9–4 victory.[6]

On August 23, the Mets became the first team in National League history to fall victim to a game-ending unassisted triple play, turned by Eric Bruntlett of the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field in the bottom of the 9th inning.[7]

The 2009 Mets season will be remembered as a season marred by injuries. On August 25, it was announced that ace Johan Santana would undergo season-ending elbow surgery on his pitching elbow,[8] and was added to the long list of injured players. Including Santana, the Mets' had 20 players see time on the Disabled list at some point during the 2009 season, including David Wright, John Maine, Jon Niese, Fernando Nieve, J. J. Putz, Billy Wagner, Brian Schneider, Carlos Delgado, Ángel Pagán, Gary Sheffield, Óliver Pérez, Ryan Church, Ramón Martínez, Jose Reyes, Alex Cora, Carlos Beltrán, and Fernando Martinez.[9] Mets players spent more than 1,480 days in the Disabled list in 2009, more than any other team in the majors.[5] However, second-half turnarounds of Francoeur and Daniel Murphy helped the Mets finish the season with the best batting average in the National League, tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers.[10]

On August 25 the Mets traded former all-star closer Billy Wagner to the Boston Red Sox for minor league outfielder Chris Carter and minor league first baseman Eddie Loria.[11]

Pat Misch earned his 1st Major League Baseball win on September 3 in his 12th start.

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Philadelphia Phillies 93 69 0.574 45–36 48–33
Florida Marlins 87 75 0.537 6 43–38 44–37
Atlanta Braves 86 76 0.531 7 40–41 46–35
New York Mets 70 92 0.432 23 41–40 29–52
Washington Nationals 59 103 0.364 34 33–48 26–55


Record vs. opponents[edit]

2009 National League Records

Source: [1]
Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MIL NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL WSH AL
Arizona 3–4 4-2 1–5 7-11 5–3 5–4 7-11 2–5 5–2 1–5 6–1 11-7 5-13 2–4 1–5 5–10
Atlanta 4–3 4–2 3–6 4–4 8-10 3-3 4–3 3–3 13–5 10-8 3–4 3–3 3–4 4–2 10-8 7–8
Chicago 2-4 2–4 10-5 2–4 4–3 11–6 3–5 10-7 3-3 1–5 10-4 4–5 4-2 6-10 5–2 6–9
Cincinnati 5-1 6-3 5-10 0-7 3-3 12-4 1-5 8-7 2-4 2-5 13-5 1-6 3-3 8-8 3-4 6-9
Colorado 11-7 4-4 4-2 7-0 2-4 2-5 4-14 6-0 3-4 2-4 6-3 10-8 8-10 6-1 6-0 11-4
Florida 3-5 10-8 3-4 3-3 4-2 4–3 3-3 3-4 11-7 9-9 2-4 4-2 3-4 3-3 12-6 10-8
Houston 4–5 3-3 6-11 4-12 5-2 3-4 4–3 5-10 1-5 6-2 10-5 6-1 2-4 6-9 3-3 6-9
Los Angeles 11-7 3-4 5-3 5-1 14-4 3-3 3-4 3–3 5-1 4-3 4-3 10-8 11-7 2-5 3-2 9-9
Milwaukee 5-2 3-3 7-10 7-8 0-6 4-3 10-5 3-3 3-3 4-3 9-5 2-4 4-5 9-9 5-3 5-10
New York 2-5 5-13 3-3 4-2 4-3 7-11 5-1 1-5 3-3 6-12 4-3 2-5 5-3 4-5 10-8 5–10
Philadelphia 5-1 8-10 5-1 5-2 4-2 9-9 2-6 3-4 3-4 12-6 4-2 5-2 3-4 4-1 15-3 6-12
Pittsburgh 1-6 4-3 4-10 5-13 3-6 4-2 5-10 3-4 5-9 3-4 2-4 3-4 2-4 5-10 5-3 8–7
San Diego 7-11 3-3 5-4 6-1 8-10 2-4 1-6 8-10 4-2 5-2 2-5 4-3 10-8 1-6 4-2 5–10
San Francisco 13-5 4–3 2–4 3–3 10-8 4–3 4–2 7-11 5-4 3–5 4–3 4–2 8-10 4–3 4–2 9–6
St. Louis 4-2 2-4 10-6 8-8 1-6 3-3 9-6 5-2 9-9 5-4 1-4 10-5 6-1 3-4 6–1 9–6
Washington 5-1 8-10 2-5 4-3 0-6 6-12 3-3 2-3 3-5 8-10 3-15 3-5 2-4 2-4 1-6 7–11


Game log[edit]

2009 Game Log

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Player G AB H BA OBP HR RBI R SB
Marlon Anderson 4 4 0 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
Carlos Beltrán 81 308 100 .325 .415 10 48 50 11
Ángel Berroa 14 27 4 .148 .233 0 2 4 0
Emil Brown 3 5 1 .200 .333 0 0 0 0
Robinson Cancel 1 1 0 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
Luis Castillo 142 486 147 .302 .387 1 40 77 20
Ramón Castro* 26 79 20 .253 .322 3 13 5 0
Ryan Church* 67 232 65 .280 .332 2 22 26 6
Alex Cora 82 271 68 .251 .320 1 18 31 8
Carlos Delgado 26 94 28 .298 .393 4 23 15 0
Nick Evans 30 65 15 .231 .275 1 7 5 0
Pedro Feliciano 88 0 0 .000 1.000 0 0 0 0
Nelson Figueroa 16 22 3 .136 .174 0 3 1 0
Jeff Francoeur* 75 289 90 .311 .338 10 41 40 1
Anderson Hernández* 46 135 34 .252 .315 2 14 14 2
Liván Hernández* 24 40 5 .125 .146 0 0 0 0
John Maine 16 27 4 .148 .148 0 2 0 0
Fernando Martínez 29 91 16 .176 .242 1 8 11 2
Ramón Martínez 12 42 7 .167 .182 0 4 1 1
Pat Misch 22 13 0 .000 .133 0 0 0 0
Daniel Murphy 155 508 135 .266 .313 12 63 60 4
Jon Niese 5 8 1 .125 .125 0 0 0 0
Fernando Nieve 8 9 3 .333 .333 0 1 0 0
Ángel Pagán 88 343 105 .306 .350 6 32 54 14
Mike Pelfrey 31 52 5 .096 .143 0 4 4 0
Óliver Pérez 14 22 6 .273 .304 0 0 1 0
Tim Redding 30 29 2 .069 .069 0 0 0 0
Jeremy Reed 126 161 39 .242 .301 0 9 9 0
Argenis Reyes 9 17 2 .118 .167 0 0 0 1
José Reyes 36 147 41 .279 .355 2 15 18 11
Johan Santana 25 42 7 .167 .255 0 4 1 0
Omir Santos 96 281 73 .260 .296 7 40 28 0
Brian Schneider 59 170 37 .218 .292 3 24 11 0
Gary Sheffield 100 268 74 .276 .372 10 43 44 2
Cory Sullivan 64 136 34 .250 .338 2 15 17 7
Ken Takahashi 28 2 0 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
Fernando Tatís 125 340 96 .282 .339 8 48 42 4
Josh Thole 17 53 17 .321 .356 0 9 2 1
Wilson Valdéz 41 86 22 .256 .326 0 7 11 0
David Wright 144 535 164 .307 .390 10 72 88 27

Legend: G = games played; AB = at-bats; H = hits; BA = batting average; OBP = on-base percentage; HR = home runs; RBI = runs batted in; R = runs scored; SB = stolen bases; bold = league leader

Pitching[edit]

Player G GS IP W L S ERA H SO BB
Elmer Dessens 9 0 12 ⅓ 0 0 0 3.65 9 6 5
Pedro Feliciano 58 0 43 4 3 0 2.51 32 39 10
Nelson Figueroa 1 1 6 0 1 0 4.50 5 3 2
Casey Fossum 3 0 4 0 0 0 2.25 4 3 4
Sean Green 52 0 47 ⅔ 1 3 1 4.72 45 37 19
Liván Hernández 20 20 120 ⅔ 7 5 0 4.77 138 67 43
John Maine 11 11 61 ⅔ 5 4 0 4.52 51 42 34
Pat Misch 13 0 14 ⅓ 0 0 0 2.51 16 9 9
Jon Niese 4 4 24 1 1 0 4.50 26 16 8
Fernando Nieve 8 7 36 ⅔ 3 3 0 2.95 36 23 19
Darren O'Day 4 0 3 0 0 0 0.00 5 2 1
Bobby Parnell 52 0 40 ⅔ 2 3 0 4.20 49 34 21
Mike Pelfrey 21 21 121 ⅓ 8 7 0 4.75 137 67 45
Óliver Pérez 10 10 48 ⅔ 2 3 0 7.03 52 44 47
J. J. Putz 29 0 29 ⅓ 1 4 2 5.22 29 19 19
Tim Redding 16 9 58 ⅓ 1 4 0 6.94 69 38 28
Francisco Rodríguez 47 0 48 2 2 24 2.06 31 49 26
Johan Santana 21 21 137 12 8 0 2.96 124 128 43
Brian Stokes 42 0 43 ⅔ 1 2 0 3.50 45 26 20
Jon Switzer 4 0 3 ⅓ 0 0 0 8.10 4 3 2
Ken Takahashi 15 0 18 0 1 0 3.00 16 14 9

Legend: G = games pitched; GS = games started; IP = innings pitched; W = wins; L = losses; ERA = earned run average; H = hits allowed; SO = strikeouts; BB = walks; S = saves; bold = league leader

As of August 2, 2009

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Buffalo Bisons International League Ken Oberkfell
AA Binghamton Mets Eastern League Mako Oliveras
A St. Lucie Mets Florida State League Tim Teufel
A Savannah Sand Gnats South Atlantic League Edgar Alfonzo
Short-Season A Brooklyn Cyclones New York–Penn League Pedro López
Rookie Kingsport Mets Appalachian League Mike DiFelice
Rookie GCL Mets Gulf Coast League Julio Franco

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New York Mets' Citi Field opener April 14 against Padres". Archived from the original on August 2, 2009. Retrieved June 17, 2009.
  2. ^ K-Rod, Mets finalize deal
  3. ^ Mets get Putz as set-up man in huge trade
  4. ^ Sheffield agrees to deal with Mets
  5. ^ a b c d Fitzpatrick, Mike (October 4, 2009). "Figueroa pitches shutout, Mets beat Astros 4–0". Yahoo! News. Associated Press. Retrieved October 4, 2009.
  6. ^ "Game Wrapup". mets.com. August 18, 2009. Retrieved August 19, 2009.
  7. ^ Gurian-Peck, David (August 23, 2009). "Phils back Pedro in NY, win on rare feat". MLB.com. Archived from the original on September 7, 2009. Retrieved August 24, 2009.
  8. ^ "News: Santana to Have Surgery". August 25, 2009. Archived from the original on August 28, 2009. Retrieved August 25, 2009.
  9. ^ "Note: The Citi Field Exorcism". August 25, 2009. Archived from the original on September 7, 2009. Retrieved August 25, 2009.
  10. ^ Shpigel, Ben (October 5, 2009). "After Quiet Finish, Mets Are Planning For Busy Off-Season". New York Times. p. D6.
  11. ^ "Mets, Red Sox finally complete Billy Wagner trade". Archived from the original on October 12, 2009. Retrieved October 20, 2009.
Preceded by
2008
New York Mets seasons
2009
Succeeded by
2010

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