2016 New York Mets season
|2016 New York Mets|
|National League Wild Card|
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|General manager(s)||Sandy Alderson|
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The 2016 New York Mets season was the franchise's 55th season. The Mets opened the season against their 2015 World Series opponent, the Kansas City Royals. This was the first time in the history of the league that World Series opponents played a rematch on Opening Day. This was made possible by interleague play being scattered throughout the season. Despite being below .500 (60-62) as late as August 19, the Mets went 27-13 in their final 40 games to make the postseason for the second time in two consecutive seasons. They lost to the San Francisco Giants in the Wild Card Game.
On November 24, 2015, Stolmy Pimentel signed a minor league deal with the Mets.
On December 2, 2015, bench coach Bob Geren left the Mets to join the Los Angeles Dodgers to fill the same position left by Tim Wallach who left to join the Miami Marlins in the same capacity. Geren served as the bench coach from 2011–2015. Dick Scott was hired to replace Geren on December 16, 2015. On December 3, the Mets signed pitcher Jim Henderson to a minor league deal. On December 9, the Mets traded pitcher Jon Niese to the Pittsburgh Pirates for second baseman Neil Walker. On December 10, the Mets signed Asdrúbal Cabrera to a two-year, $18.5 million contract. On December 14, the Mets signed Buddy Carlyle to a minor league deal for the third time since the offseason leading to the 2014 season. Duane Below was re-signed as well to a minor league deal. Marc Krauss was signed as well to a minor league deal. On December 15, the Mets signed Jerry Blevins to a one-year, $4 million contract with incentives. On December 16, Bartolo Colón was re-signed to a one-year, $7.25 million contract. To make room for Colón, the Mets designated Johnny Monell for assignment on December 18, when the deal became official. On December 23, Alejandro De Aza signed a one-year, $5.75 million contract with the Mets. On December 23, Kirk Nieuwenhuis was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers.
On January 15, 2016, Nevin Ashley was signed to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. On January 22, Antonio Bastardo was signed to a 2-year, $12 million contract. On January 26, Yoenis Céspedes re-signed with the Mets on a 3-year, $75 million contract, with an opt out after the first season. On January 22, Carlos Torres was designated for assignment by the Mets. On January 29, Neil Walker signed a one-year, $10.55 million deal avoiding arbitration. On January 30, the Mets placed Torres on waivers. Torres cleared waivers on February 1 and elected free agency.
On February 2, 2016, Darrell Ceciliani was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations. On February 8, 2016, Roger Bernadina signed with the Mets on a minor-league contract. On February 12, Jenrry Mejía was permanently banned from the MLB after his third performance-enhancing drugs (PED) violation. He became the first player to be banned for life due to PED use, and one of only two living people to be permanently banned, the other being Pete Rose. Mejía is allowed to apply for reinstatement after one year. However, he must sit out a minimum of two years, meaning that he will not be eligible to pitch again until 2018 at the earliest.
|Opening Day Starters|
The Mets began their 2016 season by losing a close one in Kansas City, falling 4-3 at the hands of the Royals. Matt Harvey, making the Opening Day start, was hit around by the Royals, who took a 4-0 lead into the 8th. However, the Mets scored 3 runs off Joakim Soria to make the game close. In the top of the ninth, facing Royals closer Wade Davis, the Mets put runners at the corners with one out, but Davis struck out David Wright and Yoenis Céspedes to close out the Royals' opening day victory.
Following a narrow Opening Day defeat, the Mets split the series in Kansas City behind a scoreless outing by Noah Syndergaard and a two-run home run by Neil Walker. The Mets then returned home and won their home opener 7-2 against the Philadelphia Phillies. Jacob deGrom pitched six strong innings, while Walker and Michael Conforto both had multiple RBI's. The Mets then went on a brief four-game losing streak which dropped them to 2-5. During the slump, the offense stuggled to produce. However, the offense caught fire throughout the rest of the month, led by Neil Walker, who hit .315 with 9 home runs and 19 RBI's in his first month with the team. The Mets only scored less than four runs in a game once in April after April 15, and finished the opening month of the season with a 15-7 record.
After a surging April, the Mets began to cool down in May. On May 7, Bartolo Colón became the oldest player to hit his first career home run at 42 years and 349 days old. It came off San Diego Padres pitcher, James Shields in a game against San Diego. Mets pitchers continued to hit when on May 11, Noah Syndergaard hit two home runs off of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher, Kenta Maeda. The second home run gave the Mets the lead in the 5th inning. On May 27, the Mets returned to Citi Field to play the Los Angeles Dodgers in what was the first game in a 1986 World Championship 30th Anniversary Weekend Celebration. New York won the first game on a Curtis Granderson walk-off home run, but lost the next two games, highlighted by Noah Syndergaard throwing behind Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley, an act that was seen as intentional as the Mets were trying to get revenge for Utley's questionable slide against the Mets in 2015 NLDS. The Mets finished the month with a record of 14-15. This dropped them to second place in the NL East to the Washington Nationals, who would never relinquish their lead in the division.
The Mets continued to struggle in June, thanks largely in part to their anemic offense, which couldn't produce many runs, especially with runners in scoring position. Neil Walker, who had led the Mets in most offensive categories for the first two months, began to have a drop off in production. The Mets also could not beat teams in their division, getting swept by the Braves and Nationals. Pitching also became an issue for the Mets. While Bartolo Colón and Noah Syndergaard continued to pitch well, Steven Matz, Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey would not win a game in June. The injury bug also began to bite New York, as Lucas Duda and David Wright went down with back and neck injuries, respectively. While Duda would return to the Mets later in the year, Wright would wind up missing the entire season. Duda would be replaced by James Loney, and the Mets brought back former shortstop José Reyes to fill in for Wright at third base. The move was greeted with criticism, as Reyes had been arrested for domestic violence in the offseason. However, Reyes filled in adequately.
- Most runs scored in a game: 17 runs (September 25 vs Philadelphia)
- Most runs allowed in a game: 13 runs (August 17 vs Arizona)
- Most hits in a game: 22 hits (July 3 vs Chicago)
- Longest winning streak: 8 (April 22 - April 30)
- Longest losing streak: 4 (April 9–12, May 12–15, June 26–29, July 27–30, August 9–12)
Games played as of October 1, 2016.
National League East
|National League East||W||L||Pct.||GB||Home||Road|
|New York Mets||87||75||0.537||8||44–37||43–38|
National League Division Leaders
|(1) Chicago Cubs||103||58||0.640|
|(2) Washington Nationals||95||67||0.586|
|(3) Los Angeles Dodgers||91||71||0.562|
| Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
|(4) New York Mets||87||75||0.537||—|
|(5) San Francisco Giants||87||75||0.537||—|
|St. Louis Cardinals||86||76||0.531||1|
|San Diego Padres||68||94||0.420||19|
Record vs. opponents
2016 National League Records
Source: NL Standings Head-to-Head
|Mets Win||Mets Loss||Game Postponed|
|Bold = Mets team member|
|2016 Game Log|
Overall: 83–73 (Home: 44–37; Away: 39–36)
April: 15–7 (Home: 7–4; Away: 8–3)
May: 14–15 (Home: 8–7; Away: 6–8)
June: 12–15 (Home: 5–5; Away: 7–10)
July: 13–13 (Home: 8–9; Away: 5–4)
August: 15–14 (Home: 8–6; Away: 7–8)
September/October: 13–9 (Home: 7–6; Away 6–3)
|2016 New York Mets Postseason (0–1)|
|2016 New York Mets|
(Updated as of 10/20/16)
Players in bold are on the active roster.
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; BB = Walks; SO = Strikeouts; Avg. = Batting average; OBP = On Base Percentage; SLG = Slugging Percentage; SB = Stolen bases
|Blevins, JerryJerry Blevins||73||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000||.000||.000||0|
|Cabrera, AsdrúbalAsdrúbal Cabrera||141||521||42||146||30||1||22||62||38||103||.280||.336||.474||5|
|Campbell, EricEric Campbell||40||75||9||13||1||0||1||9||10||24||.173||.284||.227||1|
|Cecchini, GavinGavin Cecchini||4||6||2||2||2||0||0||2||0||2||.333||.429||.667||0|
|Céspedes, YoenisYoenis Céspedes||132||479||72||134||25||1||31||86||51||108||.280||.354||.530||3|
|Colón, BartoloBartolo Colón||23||38||2||3||1||0||1||2||0||23||.079||.079||.184||0|
|Conforto, MichaelMichael Conforto||79||253||31||56||17||1||10||32||27||73||.221||.301||.415||2|
|d'Arnaud, TravisTravis d'Arnaud||42||147||12||36||5||0||11||9||24||.245||.291||.340||0|
|De Aza, AlejandroAlejandro De Aza||67||112||7||20||4||0||2||6||10||38||.179||.252||.268||2|
|deGrom, JacobJacob deGrom||18||28||3||2||0||0||0||2||3||9||.071||.161||.071||0|
|Duda, LucasLucas Duda||39||130||16||30||5||0||7||19||11||29||.231||.297||.431||0|
|Flores, WilmerWilmer Flores||60||173||21||45||8||0||9||25||15||29||.260||.319||.462||1|
|Granderson, CurtisCurtis Granderson||88||328||45||78||16||4||16||29||41||80||.238||.333||.457||3|
|Harvey, MattMatt Harvey||17||22||2||3||1||0||0||0||0||8||.136||.136||.182||0|
|Johnson, KellyKelly Johnson||28||55||6||16||4||0||3||5||6||12||.291||.371||.527||1|
|Kelly, TyTy Kelly||14||27||1||4||0||0||1||2||2||4||.148||.207||.259||0|
|Lagares, JuanJuan Lagares||62||122||13||32||7||2||3||8||8||20||.262||.308||.426||2|
|Loney, JamesJames Loney||41||152||15||43||9||1||4||16||10||21||.283||.339||.434||0|
|Matz, StevenSteven Matz||17||30||0||5||1||1||0||2||1||10||.167||.188||.267||0|
|Nimmo, BrandonBrandon Nimmo||16||51||6||12||0||0||1||4||3||13||.235||.291||.294||0|
|Plawecki, KevinKevin Plawecki||41||124||6||24||5||0||1||10||17||31||.194||.301||.258||0|
|Reyes, JoséJosé Reyes||11||44||6||10||3||1||3||6||3||8||.227||.271||.545||2|
|Reynolds, MattMatt Reynolds||27||43||5||10||5||0||1||6||2||15||.233||.267||.419||0|
|Rivera, RenéRené Rivera||33||83||5||18||1||0||3||14||7||26||.217||.290||.337||0|
|Rivera, T.J.T.J. Rivera||33||105||10||35||4||1||3||16||3||17||.333||.345||.476||0|
|Robles, HanselHansel Robles||40||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000||.000||.000||0|
|Ruggiano, JustinJustin Ruggiano||9||24||4||8||1||0||2||7||2||10||.333||.385||.625||0|
|Syndergaard, NoahNoah Syndergaard||19||36||4||5||2||0||2||4||4||23||.139||.225||.361||0|
|Verrett, LoganLogan Verrett||25||13||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||9||.077||.077||.154||0|
|Walker, NeilNeil Walker||87||309||38||76||6||0||16||40||32||70||.246||.316||.421||2|
|Wright, DavidDavid Wright||37||137||18||31||8||0||7||14||26||55||.226||.350||.438||3|
(Updated as of 10/20/16)
Players in bold are on the active roster.
Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; HR = Home runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts
|Blevins, JerryJerry Blevins||3||1||2.51||44||0||0||26.1||16||7||6||2||9||28|
|Colón, BartoloBartolo Colón||10||4||3.11||19||18||0||104.1||107||40||36||13||19||69|
|deGrom, JacobJacob deGrom||7||5||2.41||16||16||0||102.0||82||30||27||9||23||98|
|Familia, JeurysJeurys Familia||2||1||2.44||45||0||33||44.1||37||12||12||0||17||43|
|Gilmartin, SeanSean Gilmartin||0||0||7.00||5||0||0||9.0||11||7||7||1||3||6|
|Goeddel, ErikErik Goeddel||1||0||4.50||14||0||0||14.0||12||8||7||2||4||13|
|Gsellman, RobertRobert Gsellman||4||2||2.42||8||7||0||44.2||42||12||12||1||15||42|
|Harvey, MattMatt Harvey||4||10||4.86||17||17||0||92.2||111||55||50||8||25||76|
|Henderson, JimJim Henderson||1||2||4.26||31||0||0||25.1||21||12||12||5||13||30|
|Lugo, SethSeth Lugo||0||0||0.00||3||0||0||6.0||2||0||0||0||2||4|
|Matz, StevenSteven Matz||7||6||3.56||17||17||0||101.0||103||43||40||11||24||95|
|Reed, AddisonAddison Reed||2||2||2.09||44||0||1||43.0||29||10||10||3||9||53|
|Robles, HanselHansel Robles||4||3||2.76||40||0||0||45.2||41||16||14||5||20||54|
|Syndergaard, NoahNoah Syndergaard||9||4||2.43||19||18||0||111.1||103||34||30||6||20||136|
|Verrett, LoganLogan Verrett||3||6||4.21||25||7||0||62.0||64||31||29||10||28||41|
|AAA||Las Vegas 51s||Pacific Coast League||Wally Backman|
|AA||Binghamton Mets||Eastern League||Pedro Lopez|
|A-Advanced||St. Lucie Mets||Florida State League||Luis Rojas|
|A||Columbia Fireflies||South Atlantic League||Jose Leger|
|A-Short Season||Brooklyn Cyclones||New York–Penn League||Steve Cohen|
|Rookie||Kingsport Mets||Appalachian League||Luis Rivera|
|Rookie||GCL Mets||Gulf Coast League||Jose Carreno|
|Rookie||DSL Mets 1 & 2||Dominican Summer League||Manny Martinez/David Davalillo|
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