List of New York Mets seasons
The New York Mets are an American professional baseball team based in Flushing, Queens, New York City. They compete in the East Division of Major League Baseball's (MLB) National League (NL). The team's current home stadium is Citi Field, after playing two years at the Polo Grounds and 45 years at Shea Stadium. Since their inception in 1962, the Mets have won two World Series titles and five NL championships. As of the end of the 2016 season, the Mets have won more than 4,200 regular season games, a total that ranks 20th among MLB teams and fourth among expansion teams.
The Mets lost 120 games in their inaugural season, the most by a post-1900 MLB team. After six more years in which their best league finish was ninth, the Mets won the World Series in 1969, defeating the Baltimore Orioles in five games to earn what is widely considered one of the biggest upsets in baseball history. Four seasons later, the Mets returned to the World Series, where they lost to the Oakland Athletics in seven games. After winning two NL championships in five years, New York struggled for the next decade, not coming within 10 games of the NL East leader until 1984.
In 1986, the team posted 108 wins, the most in franchise history, and defeated the Houston Astros in the National League Championship Series (NLCS) to advance to the World Series. Trailing three games to two in the series, the Mets were one out from defeat in game six before coming back to win 6–5; they won game seven two days later to earn their second World Series championship. After a second-place finish in 1987, the Mets won the NL East the next year, but lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS. The Mets' next playoff appearances were their back-to-back wild card-winning seasons of 1999 and 2000; in the latter year, they won their fourth NL championship, but lost to the cross-town New York Yankees in the "Subway Series". The 2006 Mets earned an NL East title, before the St. Louis Cardinals defeated them in the NLCS. In 2007 and 2008, the team was eliminated from playoff contention on the last day of the regular season. The Mets won the NL East in 2015, and swept the Chicago Cubs in four games to win the NLCS and advance to the World Series for the first time since 2000; they lost the Series to the Kansas City Royals in five games. In the most recent season, 2016, the Mets again advanced to the playoffs, but were eliminated in the NL Wild Card Game.
|CPOY||Comeback Player of the Year|
|CYA||Cy Young Award|
|Finish||Final position in league or division|
|GB||"Games back" from first-place team[a]|
|Losses||Number of regular season losses|
|Mets season||Each year is linked to an article about that particular Mets season|
|MLB season||Each year is linked to an article about that particular MLB season|
|NLCS||National League Championship Series|
|NLDS||National League Division Series|
|ROY||National League Rookie of the Year|
|Wins||Number of regular season wins|
|WSMVP||World Series Most Valuable Player Award|
Year by year
Note: Statistics are correct as of November 5, 2016.
|World Series champions
|National League champions
|Wild card berth
|MLB season||Mets season||League||Division||Finish||Wins||Losses||Win%||GB||Playoffs||Awards|
|1967||1967||NL||—||10th||61||101||.377||40½||—||Tom Seaver (ROY)|
|1969†||1969||NL*||East[b]^||1st||100||62||.617||—||Won NLCS (Atlanta Braves) 3–0
Won World Series (Baltimore Orioles) 4–1†
|Tom Seaver (CYA)
Tommie Agee (CPOY)
Donn Clendenon (WSMVP)
|1972[c]||1972||NL||East||3rd||83||73||.532||13½||—||Jon Matlack (ROY)|
|1973||1973||NL*||East^||1st||82||79||.509||—||Won NLCS (Cincinnati Reds) 3–2
Lost World Series (Oakland Athletics) 4–3*
|Tom Seaver (CYA)|
|1975||1975||NL||East||3rd||82||80||.506||10½||—||Tom Seaver (CYA)|
|1983||1983||NL||East||6th||68||94||.420||22||—||Darryl Strawberry (ROY)|
|1984||1984||NL||East||2nd||90||72||.556||6½||—||Dwight Gooden (ROY)|
|1985||1985||NL||East||2nd||98||64||.605||3||—||Dwight Gooden (CYA)|
|1986†||1986||NL*||East^||1st||108||54||.667||—||Won NLCS (Houston Astros) 4–2
Won World Series (Boston Red Sox) 4–3†
|Ray Knight (CPOY), (WSMVP)|
|1988||1988||NL||East^||1st||100||60||.625||—||Lost NLCS (Los Angeles Dodgers) 4–3||—|
|1999||1999||NL||East||2nd[g]¤||97||66||.595||6½||Won NLDS (Arizona Diamondbacks) 3–1
Lost NLCS (Atlanta Braves) 4–2
|Rickey Henderson (CPOY)|
|2000||2000||NL*||East||2nd¤||94||68||.580||1||Won NLDS (San Francisco Giants) 3–1
Won NLCS (St. Louis Cardinals) 4–1
Lost World Series (New York Yankees) 4–1*
|2006||2006||NL||East^||1st||97||65||.599||—||Won NLDS (Los Angeles Dodgers) 3–0
Lost NLCS (St. Louis Cardinals) 4–3
|2008||2008||NL||East||2nd||89||73||.549||3||—||Fernando Tatís (CPOY)|
|2012||2012||NL||East||4th||74||88||.457||24||—||R.A. Dickey (CYA)|
|2014||2014||NL||East||T-2nd||79||83||.488||17||—||Jacob deGrom (ROY)|
|2015||2015||NL*||East^||1st||90||72||.556||—||Won NLDS (Los Angeles Dodgers) 3–2
Won NLCS (Chicago Cubs) 4–0
Lost World Series (Kansas City Royals) 4–1*
|Matt Harvey (CPOY)|
|2016||2016||NL||East||2nd¤||87||75||.537||8||Lost NL Wild Card Game (San Francisco Giants)||—|
Record by decade
The following table describes the Mets' MLB win–loss record by decade.
|New York Mets regular season record (1962–2016)||4,215||4,555||.481|
|New York Mets postseason record (1962–2016)||51||38||.573|
|All-time regular and postseason record||4,266||4,593||.482|
- a This is determined by calculating the difference in wins plus the difference in losses divided by two.
- b In 1969, the National League split into East and West divisions.
- c The 1972 Major League Baseball strike forced the cancellation of the Mets' first six games of the season.
- d The 1981 Major League Baseball strike caused the season to be split into two halves. The Mets finished with a 17–34 record in the first half of the season, and a fifth-place finish in the National League East. After the strike was resolved, the team had a 24–28 record in the second half, placing them fourth in the division.
- e The 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike, which started on August 12, led to the cancellation of the rest of the season.
- f The 1994–95 MLB strike lasted until April 2, causing the 1995 season to be shortened to 144 games.
- g The Mets finished the 1999 season tied with the Cincinnati Reds for the National League wild card playoff berth. In a one-game tie-breaker, the Mets defeated the Reds 5–0 to win the wild card.
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