2012 New York Mets season
|2012 New York Mets|
The Mets celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2012.
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Sandy Alderson|
|Local television||SportsNet New York|
WPIX (CW affiliate)
(Gary Cohen, Ron Darling, Keith Hernandez, Ralph Kiner)
|Local radio||WFAN (English)|
New York Mets Radio Network
(Howie Rose, Josh Lewin, Ed Coleman)
(Juan Alicea, Max Perez Jiminez)
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The New York Mets' 2012 season was the franchise's 51st season and its fourth in Citi Field. The team celebrated its 50th anniversary, as they became a team in 1962. Johan Santana pitched the first no-hitter in franchise history on June 1, 2012. The Mets missed the post season for a 6th straight year.
Shortly after the 2011 season ended, the Mets made changes to their coaching staff, keeping only pitching coach Dan Warthen and hitting coach Dave Hudgens. 3rd base coach Chip Hale went to the Oakland Athletics to join manager Bob Melvin. General Manager Sandy Alderson said that the "changes were necessary for us to move forward." Former A's manager Bob Geren was named to replace Hale.
New additions will improve the depth of the bullpen, that was known to be sub-par in relief in the 2011 season. They added reliever Ramon Ramírez,and center fielder Andrés Torres, in exchange for the starting centerfielder Ángel Pagán. They also signed Frank Francisco, who will be their closer. They also added Jon Rauch, who is the tallest current player in the MLB, and will be the set-up man for Francisco.
For 2012, the Mets made several construction changes to Citi Field's dimensions. In center field a new 8 foot wall was built in front of the 16 foot wall, coined by fans as,"The Great Wall of Flushing." In right field a new wall in front of the existing Mo's Zone was also built.
The Mets overhauled their uniforms for 2012. The cream colored pinstriped uniform became the primary home uniform, while the snow white uniforms serves as the alternate home uniform. The black drop-shadows were removed from the pinstriped, snow white and road gray jerseys and the black two toned cap has been retired. The black jersey and all black cap was worn on a limited basis on the road and was retired at the end of the season. The Mets wore two patches, one commemorating the team's 50th anniversary and another honoring Gary Carter, who died of brain cancer on February 16, 2012.
The Mets began their 2012 season with a surprising three-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves. The Mets outscored the Braves 12 to 6 in the series. During that series, Frank Francisco became the third player in Major League history to record a save in every game of a season-opening series of three or more games. following Derrick Turnbow of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2006 and Salomón Torres of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2007.
On June 1, Johan Santana made club history by becoming the first Mets pitcher to throw a no-hitter in an 8–0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. This was also the first no-hitter to be pitched against a defending World Series champion since a former Met, Nolan Ryan, did so against the Oakland Athletics in their 1990 pennant season while with the Texas Rangers.
On June 27 against the Chicago Cubs, the Mets became the first MLB team to hit a home run cycle. Daniel Murphy began with a two-run home run, which was his first home run in 352 at-bats, then in the fourth, then Ike Davis hit a three-run home run followed by Murphy's solo home run off of Casey Coleman, who replace starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija. In the sixth inning, Scott Hairston, who was typically a utility outfielder throughout the first half of the season, hit the cycle ending grand slam off of Coleman. The Mets won the game, 17–1.
NL East standings
|New York Mets||74||88||0.457||24||36–45||38–43|
NL Wild Card
|San Francisco Giants||94||68||0.580|
Wild Card teams|
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
|St. Louis Cardinals||88||74||0.543||—|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||86||76||0.531||2|
|San Diego Padres||76||86||0.469||12|
|New York Mets||74||88||0.457||14|
Record vs. opponents
2012 National League Records
Source: MLB Standings Grid
|Bold||Mets team member|
|2012 Game Log|
|2012 New York Mets|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases; BB = Base on balls; K = Strike outs AVG = Batting average;
Note: G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; H = Hits; R = Runs; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts; ERA = Earned run average;
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- "Mets trade Angel Pagan, add Jon Rauch, Frank Francisco, Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez". Newsday.com. December 6, 2011. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
- Belson, Ken; Sandomir, Richard (April 3, 2012). "Mets Hope New Design at Citi Field Increases Home Runs". The New York Times.
- Rubin, Adam (February 25, 2012). "Mets will wear Gary Carter patch". ESPNNewYork.com.
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- Prewitt, Eric (June 12, 1990). "Ryan Express: 6th No-Hitter; At 43, Extends Record, Beats A's". The Washington Post. p. C1.
Nolan Ryan ... extended his major league record by pitching a sixth no-hitter...leading the Texas Rangers to a 5–0 triumph over the World Series champion Oakland Athletics
- McCarron, Anthony (June 2, 2012). "FINALLY! After 50 seasons, Johan Amazes Mets by delivering franchise's first no-hitter". New York Daily News. p. 32.
Santana got the Cardinals' David Freese to swing and miss at a changeup—what else?—for strike three, completing the first no-hitter in Mets' history in their 8,020th game, an 8–0 victory over the world champion St. Louis Cardinals
- June 27 Box Score[permanent dead link], MLB.com