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METSellaneous: Joey Wahler On The Mets — Which Mets Had The Best Offensive Years Ever?

August 08, 2019 - 12:31 pm
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By Joey Wahler

With more than a quarter of the schedule remaining, Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil are on pace for two of the most productive Mets offensive years ever, so where will theirs rank all-time in club history?

Here are the Top 30, all-around Mets seasons at the plate:

No. 30. Rusty Staub, 1975: .282, 19 HRs, 105 RBIs, 30 2Bs, 93 runs, .371 OBP, .448 SLG, .818 OPS. Staub became the first Met with at least 100 RBIs.

No. 29. Gary Carter, 1985: .281 ave, 32 HRs, 100 RBIs, 17 2Bs, .365 OBP, .488 SLG, .853 OPS.

No. 28. Dave Kingman, 1976 (123 games): .238 ave, 37 HRs, 86 RBIs, 14 2Bs, .298 OBP, .506 SLG, .793 OPS. Then very rare, Kong had 30 HRs at the All-Star break through 88 games, but a thumb injury shortened his season.

No. 27. Darryl Strawberry, 1990: .277 ave, 37 HRs, 108 RBIs, 18 2Bs, 15 SBs, 92 runs, .361 OBP, .518 SLG, .879 OPS.

No. 26. Carlos Delgado, 2008: .271 ave, 38 HRs, 115 RBIs, 32 2Bs, 96 runs, .353 OBP, .518 SLG, .871 OPS.

Delgado’s 2008 and 2006 numbers were similar, but achieved in fewer games in ’06 (below).

No 25. Yoenis Cespedes, 2015 (57 games): .287 ave, 17 HRs, 44 RBIs, 14 2Bs, .337 OBP, .604 SLG, .942 OPS. Despite just two months as a Met, Cespedes’ late tear leading to the World Series makes the list.

No. 24. Cleon Jones, 1969: .340 ave, 12 HRs, 75 RBIs, 25 2Bs, 92 runs, .422 OBP, .482 SLG, .904 OPS.

No. 23. Carlos Delgado, 2006: .265 ave, 38 HRs, 114 RBIs, 30 2Bs, 89 runs, .361 OBP, .548 SLG, .909 OPS.

No. 22. Keith Hernandez, 1985: .309 ave, 10 HR, 91 RBIs, 34 HRs, 87 RBIs, 77 BB, 59 K, .384 OBP, .430 SLG, .814 OPS. Hernandez’ 1984 through ’86 were strikingly similar, all with more walks than strikeouts.

No. 21. Keith Hernandez, 1986: .310 ave, 13 HRs, 83 RBIs, 34 2Bs, 94 runs, (NL leading) 94 BB, 69K, .413 OBP, .446 SLG, .859 OPS.

No. 20. Keith Hernandez, 1984: .311 ave, 15 HRs, 94 RBIs, 31 2Bs, 83 runs, 97 BB, 89 K, .409 OBP, .409 SLG, .859 OPS.

No. 19. David Wright, 2006: .311, 26 HRs, 116 RBIs, 40 2Bs, 20 SBs, 96 runs, .381 OBP, .531 SLG, .912 OPS.

No. 18. Bernard Gilkey, 1996: .317 ave, 30 HRs, 117 RBIs, (Met record) 44 2Bs, 17 SBs, 108 runs, .393 OBP, .562 SLG, .955 OPS.

No. 17. David Wright, 2007: .325 ave, 30 HRs, 107 RBIs, 42 doubles, 34 SBs, 113 runs, .416 OBP, .546 SLG, .963 OPS.

No. 16. Jose Reyes, 2007 (126 games): (NL leading) .337 ave, 31 2Bs, 16 3Bs, 39 SBs, 101 runs. Reyes is the lone Mets batting champ ever.

No. 15. Darryl Strawberry, 1988: .269 ave, (NL leading) 39 HRs, 101 RBIs, 27 2Bs, 29 SBs, 101 runs, .366 OBP, (NL leading) .545 SLG, (NL leading) .911 OPS.

No. 14. Mike Piazza, 2000: .324 ave, 38 HRs, 113 RBIs, 26 2Bs, 90 runs, .398 OBP, (Mets record) .614 SLG, 1.012 OPS.

No. 13. Todd Hundley, 1996: .259 ave, (Mets record tying) 41 HRs, 112 RBIs, 32 2Bs, 85 runs, .356 OBP, .550 SLG, .906 OPS. Hundley’s 41 HRs were then a major league season record for a catcher.

No. 12. Darryl Strawberry, 1985 (111 games): .277 ave, 29 HRs, 79 RBIs, 26 SBs, 78 runs, .389 OBP, .557 SLG, .947 OPS. If not for injury, this could’ve been straw’s best year ever.

No. 11. Mike Piazza, 1998 (109 games): .348 ave, 23 HRs, 76 RBIs, 33 doubles, 67 runs, .417 OBP, .607 SLG, (Mets record) 1.024 OPS.

No. 10. Edgardo Alfonso, 2000: .324 ave, 25 HRs, 94 RBIs, 40 2Bs, 109 runs, .425 OBP, .542 SLG, .967 OPS.

No. 9. Howard Johnson, 1991: .259 ave, (NL leading) 38 HRs, (NL leading) 117 RBIs, 34 2Bs, 30 SBs, 108 runs, .342 OBP, .535 SLG, .877 OPS. HoJo is the only Met ever to lead the NL in HRs and RBIs the same year.

No. 8. Darryl Strawberry, 1987: .284 ave, 39 HRs, 104 RBIs, 32 2Bs, 36 SBs, 108 runs, .398 OBP, .583 SLG, .981 OPS.

No. 7. Robin Ventura, 1999: .301 ave, 32 HRs, 120 RBIs, 38 2Bs, 88 runs, .379 OBP, .529 SLG, .908 OPS.

No. 6. Lance Johnson, 1996: .333 ave, 9 HRs, 69 RBIs, 31 doubles, 50 SBs, (Mets record and NL leading) 227 hits, (Mets record and NL leading) 21 triples, 117 runs.

No. 5. Howard Johnson, 1989: .287 ave, 36 HRs, 101 RBIs, 41 doubles, 41 SBs, (NL leading) 104 runs, .369 OBP, .559 SLG, .928 OPS.

No. 4. John Olerud, 1998: (Mets record) .354 ave, 22 HRs, 93 RBIs, 36 doubles, 96 walks, 91 runs, (Mets record) .447 OBP, .551 SLG, .998 OPS.

No. 3. David Wright, 2008: .302 ave, 33 HRs, (Mets record tying) 124 RBIs, 42 doubles, 15 SBs, 115 runs, .390 OBP, .534 SLG, .924 OPS.

No. 2. Carlos Beltran, 2006 (140 games): .275 ave, (Mets record tying) 41 HRs, 116 RBIs, 38 doubles, 18 SBs, (Mets record) 127 runs, .388 OBP, .594 SLG, .982 OPS.

No. 1: Mike Piazza, 1999: .303 ave, 40 HRs, (Mets record tying) 124 RBIs, 25 2Bs, 100 runs, .361 OBP, .575 SLG, .936 OPS. Piazza gets a slight edge over Beltran for the top spot based on his much higher average and being a catcher.

 

Honorable mention:

John Olerud, 1997: .294 ave, 22 HRs, 102 RBIs, 34 2Bs, 90 runs, .400 OBP, .489 SLG, .889 OPS.

Gary Carter, 1986: .255 ave, 24 HRs, 105 RBIs, 14 2Bs, .337 OBP, .439 SLG, .776 OPS.

John Olerud, 1999: .298 ave, 19 HRs, 96 RBIs, 39 2Bs, 107 runs, (Mets record) 125 walks, .427 OBP, .463 SLG, .890 OPS.

Frank Thomas, 1962: .266 ave, 34 HRs, 94 RBIs, 23 2Bs, 69 runs, .329 OBP, .496 SLG, .824 OPS. Posting these stats for a team with a record worst, 40-120 record deserves recognition.