The Mets finished 97-65 in 2006, the first time the club has won more than 90 games since 2000. It is the second consecutive winning season in Willie Randolph's two years as Mets manager. The Mets secured the National League East Division title for the first time since 1988 and snapped the Braves' record run of 14 consecutive division titles.
Record vs. playoff teams
The Mets had a winning record against every team in the NL playoffs, going a combined 13-7 against this year's field. They went 4-2 against the Cardinals, edged the Dodgers, 4-3, and established a 5-2 mark versus the Padres. The Dodgers gave the Mets the most difficulty at Shea Stadium, splitting the four-game series in September, while the Mets took two out of three games in Los Angeles in June. The Mets did not register a winning record on the road against the Cardinals, losing two of three in St. Louis, or the Padres, going 2-2 in San Diego. Add in the Mets' 3-3 mark against the Yankees -- the only AL playoff team they faced this year -- and their overall mark against playoff teams is 16-10.
Record vs. winning teams
The Mets went 33-24 against teams with winning records this year. They faced eight winning teams and had a losing mark against only the Red Sox, with three straight losses in a June series in Boston. After taking two out of three against the Yankees at Shea Stadium in May, the Mets went 1-2 at Yankee Stadium. The Mets won two out of three games against the Blue Jays in Toronto.
The Mets finished in the top five in the National League in six categories. They led the league in stolen bases with 146 and ended the season with 564 extra-base hits. The Mets placed third in runs (834), RBIs (800) and slugging percentage (.445) while ranking fourth in home runs (200). Despite their high rankings in each of these categories, the Mets generated less production in the second half of the season, with far less numbers in each power ranking. At the All-Star break, the Mets led the league in runs and slugging percentage and were second in home runs and RBIs, but they were fourth in runs and RBIs and sixth in slugging and eighth in home runs in the second half of the season.
MLB hitting stats
Carlos Beltran had the most home runs (41), RBIs (116) and runs (127) for the Mets, while Paul Lo Duca led the team in batting average (.318). Beltran set a new Mets single-season record for RBIs by a center fielder. David Wright equalled Beltran's RBI total and finished second in batting average (.311) and third in homers (26), while Carlos Delgado was second in both home runs (38) and RBIs (114). Jose Reyes became the first player in Major League history to have 120 runs or more, 189 hits or more and 58 stolen bases or more in a single season. Reyes is also the first Mets player to have back-to-back seasons of 60 or more stolen bases.
Mets hitting stats
The Mets pitching staff had a 4.14 ERA, third in the National League, and held opponents to a .253 batting average, second in the league, which is remarkable considering the Mets used 13 starters and 27 pitchers this year. The bullpen was the best in the NL and second in the Majors with a 3.28 ERA and a .242 opponents' batting average and led the Majors with 32 wins. The starters compiled a 4.86 ERA, which was eighth in the league.
MLB pitching stats
Tom Glavine and Steve Trachsel led the Mets in wins (15), while Glavine had the second-lowest ERA among starters (3.82). Pedro Martinez, who had the most strikeouts as a Met (137), struggled with injuries in the second half, compiling a 7.84 ERA to finish the season at 4.48. Orlando Hernandez struck out 164 between the Diamondbacks and the Mets. John Maine, who led the club in ERA (3.60), was the best after the All-Star break with a 3.28 ERA. Billy Wagner has converted his last 18 save opportunities and finished second in the NL and fourth in the Majors with 40 saves. Aaron Heilman filled in nicely for the injured Duaner Sanchez as the top setup reliever, leading the team with 26 holds, which was second in the NL and fourth in the Majors.
Mets pitching stats
The Mets finished eighth in the league in fielding percentage (.983) and were second in the Majors with 37 outfield assists.
MLB fielding stats
Beltran finished third in the Majors with 12 outfield assists, was seventh among Major League outfielders in put-outs (357), and had only two errors. Wright was fourth in the NL in assists (288) and fourth in total chances (414).
Mets fielding stats
Tom Glavine (32 G, 201 1/3 IP, 12-15 record, 3.45 ERA)
Orlando Hernandez (19 G, 106 IP, 9-3 record, 2.55 ERA)
Billy Wagner (5 G, 4 2/3 IP, 1-0 record, 9.64 ERA)
Carlos Beltran (12 G, .435, 8 HR, 14 RBIs)
Cliff Floyd (4 G, .000, 0 HR, 0 RBIs)
Julio Franco (27 G, .234, 2 HR, 5 RBIs)
Shawn Green (4 G, .250, 3 HR, 3 RBIs)
Jose Valentin (3 G, .300, 1 RBI)
2006 stats vs. Dodgers
Wright led the Mets with 12 hits and a .571 average against the Dodgers this season. His five RBIs tied Reyes and Lastings Milledge for the most against L.A. Reyes' three home runs paced the Mets, and Beltran's five runs led the team.
Glavine was the only Mets starter to start twice against the Dodgers, winning both games and allowing six runs in 11 2/3 innings (4.63 ERA). Hernandez beat Los Angeles by allowing one earned run on four hits in seven innings. The other Mets win over the Dodgers went to Alay Soler, who is not expected to be on the postseason roster.
Career vs. Game 1 starter Derek Lowe
Carlos Beltran: 2-for-20 (.100), 0 HR, 2 RBIs
Endy Chavez: 0-for-3 (.000), 0 HR, 0 RBI
Carlos Delgado: 8-for-25 (.320), 1 HR, 6 RBIs
Mike DiFelice: 1-for-7 (.143), 0 HR, 0 RBI
Cliff Floyd: 2-for-4 (.500), 0 HR, 1 RBI
Julio Franco: 0-for-3 (.000), 0 HR, 0 RBI
Shawn Green: 10-for-24 (.417), 3 HR, 6 RBIs
Ricky Ledee: 1-for-4 (.250), 0 HR, 0 RBI
Paul Lo Duca: 3-for-11 (.273), 0 HR, 0 RBI
Lastings Milledge: 0-for-2 (.000), 0 HR, 1 RBI
Michael Tucker: 9-for-19 (.474), 2 HR, 5 RBIs
Jose Valentin: 4-for-22 (.182), 0 HR, 1 RBI
Chris Woodward: 6-for-20 (.300), 0 HR, 4 RBI
David Wright: 2-for-3 (.667), 0 HR, 0 RBI
Chris Girandola is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less