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Best 2014 Games
September 28: Duda and Tejada Lift Mets Over Astros
September 27: Duda's Homer Jolts Astros
September 25: Late Scoring Downs Nationals
September 21: Mets Complete Three-Game Sweep of Braves
September 20: Niese Leads Mets Past Braves
September 19: Four-Man Shutout
September 16: Flores Pounds Marlins
September 12: D'Arnaud and Lagares Double-Up Nats
September 10: Montero Leads Shutout for First Win
September 9: DeGrom Leads Shutout of Rockies
September 8: Two-Run 9th Beats Rockies
September 7: Granderson and Recker Lead Mets Past Reds
September 5: Eighteen Hits Rout Reds
September 3: Nieuwenhuis and d'Arnaud Bury Marlins
September 2: Sixteen Hits Fillet the Fish
August 31: Recker and Herrera Lead Mets Past Phils
August 29: Three-Run Hitless 7th Gives Mets Win
August 26: Lagares's Homer Lifts Mets Over Braves
August 24: Four Homers, Triple Play Bury Dodgers
August 20: Five-Run 3rd Leads Mets Past Athletics
August 16: Mets Win With Four Hits
August 15: Wheeler and Campbell Beat Cubs
August 11: Den Dekker and Recker Deck Phils
August 9: Duda's Single in 11th Beats Phillies
August 8: Mets Hold Off Phils for Colon's 200th
August 5: RBI Singles Beat Nationals
August 2: Four Runs in 7th Bring Down Giants
July 30: Fifteen Hits Pound Phillies
July 28: Lagares and d'Arnaud Lead Mets Over Phils
July 27: DeGrom and Duda Bury Brewers
July 25: Comeback in 9th Stuns Brewers
July 23: Bartolo Sinks the Seamen
July 22: DeGrom Leads Five-Hitter Over Mariners
July 18: D'Arnaud Singles in 9th
July 13: DeGrom Leads Mets Over Fish for Sweep
July 12: Pinch-Hitters Come Through in Clutch
July 11: Twelve Hits Whip Marlins
July 9: Gee Wins in Return From DL
July 8: Mets Win 4,000th Game
July 7: Tejada's Single in 11th Beats Braves
July 6: Five-Run 1st Buries Rangers
July 4: D'Arnaud Gives Mets Holiday Win
June 28: Five-Run Start Downs Pirates
June 24: Four Homers Rout Athletics
June 22: Seventeen Hits Fillet Fish
June 21: DeGrom's First Major League Win
June 19: Wheeler Shuts Out Marlins
June 18: Colon Leads Six-Hitter Over Cards
June 15: Combined Four-Hitter Downs Padres
June 13: Colon and Abreu Lead Mets Past Padres
June 10: Teagarden Slams Brewers in Met Debut
June 2: Mets Crush Phillies in Series Finale
June 1: Duda Blasts Phils in 11th
May 31: Mets Defeat Phils in 14 Innings
May 29: Fifteen Strikeouts Stifle Phillies
May 28: Colon and Familia Shut Out Pirates
May 27: Lagares's Hits Lead Mets Past Bucs
May 25: Mets Gain Split With D'Backs
May 22: Key Hits Down Dodgers
May 17: Campbell and Lagares Bury Nationals
May 13: Mets Defeat Yanks for Sixth Straight Time
May 12: Four Homers Overcome Yankees
May 11: Mets Rally, Beat Phils in 11
May 4: Gee, Doubles Down Rockies
April 29: Niese Leads Mets Over Phillies
April 27: Gee Leads Shutout of Fish
April 25: Comeback in 9th Stuns Marlins
April 24: Colon Leads Stifling of Redbirds
April 23: Mets Hold Off Cards in 9th
April 21: Mejia Leads Shutout of Cardinals
April 20: Mets Win in 14 Innings
April 16: Mets Complete Three-Game Sweep of D'Backs
April 15: Mets Whip D'Backs With Three-Hit Shutout
April 14: Thirteen Hits Put Bite on Snakes
April 12: Recker Homers in 13th
April 10: Young and Murphy Bury Braves
April 8: Colon and Tejada Lead Mets Past Braves
April 5: Davis Slams Reds in 9th
April 4: Duda Double-Slugs Reds

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2014

2014 was a good rebuilding year for the Mets. After opening the season by getting swept at home, the Mets surprised observers with a strong stretch. Their raw numbers were awful. As April ended, their slugging percentage was by far the worst in baseball, and their opponents' OPS was about 100 points higher than their own OPS. And yet the Mets were 15-11.

They opened May by losing 8 of 9, and were down 3 in the ninth apparently on their way to another loss. But they turned it around, and then swept two in Yankee Stadium to get back to .500. They brought up Wilmer Flores, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom, moved Jenrry Mejia to the pen, released Kyle Farnsworth, demoted Omar Quintanilla, and swapped Josh Satin for Eric Campbell. Montero and Flores returned to the minors. deGrom, who had always been overshadowed by seemingly better young pitchers, pitched himself into Rookie of the Year discussions. Travis d'Arnaud was sent down, found his swing, and became the hitter the Mets had hoped for.

The Mets continued their ups and downs. In a reversal of April, the Mets spent the next few months outhitting and outscoring their opponents, but losing most of their games. Things started looking up again in July, where the young pitching excelled and the bats came to life.

They struggled again in August, before finishing strong. Lucas Duda heroics in the last 2 games helped Met fans enter the offseason on a high note for the first time in quite a while.

For more, see 2014.

Key players:

1B: Lucas Duda, Eric Campbell

2B: Daniel Murphy, Dilson Herrera

SS: Wilmer Flores, Ruben Tejada

3B: David Wright

OF: Curtis Granderson

OF: Juan Lagares

OF: Matt den Dekker

OF: Kirk Nieuwenhuis

C: Travis d'Arnaud, Anthony Recker

Starting Pitchers:

Relief Pitchers:

2014 preview

Before the 2014 season, the Mets acquired outfielders Curtis Granderson and Chris Young and pitchers Bartolo Colon, John Lannan and Daisuke Matsuzaka. They were expected to trade one of their first basemen but didn't get the deal they were looking for. Sandy Alderson set a goal of 90 wins for the season, but few analysts considered that goal realistic, generally projecting the Mets to repeat the previous seasons' level of a few games under 500.

Perspective at end of 2013 season

The Mets' 2013 midseason surge and their young talent should make the next few years fun and exciting.

While in June the team seemed to have nothing but holes, a midseason surge and Minor League success give reason to believe that the pieces may be falling into place.

The likely 2014 initial rotation is expected to include Zack Wheeler Jonathon Niese, Dillon Gee, Jenrry Mejia and a veteran for the bottom of the rotation. By midseason, Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard may force their way in. In 2015, Matt Harvey should rejoin the crew.

Bobby Parnell, Jack Leatherstich, Carlos Torres, Jeurys Familia and some returning veterans should provide a solid bullpen.

Travis d'Arnaud should make the Mets better behind the plate, and Wilmer Flores should find a role at first or second.

About $50 million comes off the payroll this winter just from Johan Santana, Jason Bay and Frank Francisco. This is a small payroll team in a big market. They're expected to spend to add one or two corner outfielders and possibly a shortstop.

2013

Expectations were quite low going into the 2013 season, and the Mets' lived down to them. How bad could 2013 possibly be, Adam Rubin asked. If you have to ask, you're not paying attentionhe answered.

The Mets opened the season 24-39 before Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit the home run that ended Western Civilization. That began a 30-22 stretch. The previously atrocious outfield and bullpen turned it around, as did Ike Davis after an awful first half. Met fans saw young pitching reminiscent of the Mets' glory years. The optimism was marred by another late season collapse, hastened by injuries to their best players and the trade of Marlon Byrd.

2012 - 2013 Offseason

The Mets replaced David Wright's one year deal with an eight year, $138 million deal.

They then traded R.A. Dickey and catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas to the Toronto Blue Jays for the Blue Jays' top prospect, catcher Travis d'Arnaud, their top pitching prospect, Noah Syndergaard, 18-year-old outfielder Wuilmer Becerra, and veteran catcher John Buck.

A month earlier, Dickey became the third Met to win the N.L. Cy Young Award, joining Tom Seaver (1969, 1973, 1975) and Dwight Gooden (1985).

Also this offseason the Mets:

2012

Remember these?
July 4, 1985: Rainy Night in Georgia
July 21, 2004: David's Debut
May 31, 1964: 23 Inning Nightcap
Oct 6, 1991: Cone Fans 19

The Mets had a great first half, entering the All Star break at 46-40. Then they collapsed, finishing the season at 74-88, 24 games behind the Nationals.

There were some nice moments though. Johan Santana threw the first no hitter in Mets' history, and R.A. Dickey became only the third Met to win the Cy Young Award.

For more, see 2012.

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