The 2009 season was a terrible disappointment for the New York Mets. They opened a new ballpark, and yet due to injuries they struggled through a very long 162 games. While it is kind of hard to right off an entire MLB season due to bad luck maybe that is exactly what happened to the Mets this year. Their ownership was involved in a financial scam, the management was out of step, and there were many errors and of course the injuries. This is a far better team than their record showed, but as Bill Parcels says, “you are what your record says you are.”
Their final record was 70-92 and they finished 4th in their division. However they were only able to finish 11 games better than the lowly Washington Nationals. With how bad this season turned out it is hard to imagine that they spent two weeks in first place, and at one point had a two game lead. At the end of May they were seven games better that .500, but they ended up 12 games under .500 for the season and were 23 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies, who won the NL East.
While this was a truly miserable season, the Mets were able to win seven games in a row, while only suffering a season long losing streak of six games. They scored 671 runs, but gave up 757. They had two members of their pitching staff win double digit victories, and their team ERA was 4.46. Four of their batters hit better than .300 and heir overall team batting average was .270. They ranked last in the National League only hitting 95 home runs.
In all 3,154,262 came to see the Mets in their first season at Citi Field. For their 81 home games they averaged 38,941 fans, and were able to sell 92.7% of their 2009 ticket inventory. Those numbers were good enough for 7th in the MLB, and fifth in the National League.