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1988 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 1988 season was the 27th regular season for the Mets. They went 100–60 and finished first in the NL East. They were managed by Davey Johnson. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

1988 New York Mets
NL East champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Fred Wilpon and Nelson Doubleday, Jr.
General manager(s)Frank Cashen
Manager(s)Davey Johnson
Local televisionWOR-TV/SportsChannel New York
(Ralph Kiner, Steve Zabriskie, Tim McCarver, Fran Healy, Rusty Staub)
Local radioWFAN
(Bob Murphy, Gary Thorne, Charlie Slowes)
WJIT (spanish)
(Juan Alicea, Billy Berroa)
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Contents

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

  • August 9: The Mets participated in the first official night game at Wrigley Field, which the Cubs won, 6-4.

Season standingsEdit

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Mets 100 60 0.625 56–24 44–36
Pittsburgh Pirates 85 75 0.531 15 43–38 42–37
Montreal Expos 81 81 0.500 20 43–38 38–43
Chicago Cubs 77 85 0.475 24 39–42 38–43
St. Louis Cardinals 76 86 0.469 25 41–40 35–46
Philadelphia Phillies 65 96 0.404 35½ 38–42 27–54


Record vs. opponentsEdit

1988 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 5–7 5–13 5–13 4–14 4–8 4–8 6–6 5–5 8–10 5–13 3–9
Chicago 7–5 6–6 7–5 4–8–1 9–9 9–9 8–10 7–11 8–4 5–7 7–11
Cincinnati 13–5 6–6 9–9 7–11 5–7 4–7 9–3 7–5 10–8 11–7 6–6
Houston 13–5 5–7 9–9 9–9 6–6 5–7 8–4 8–4 6–12 7–11 6–6
Los Angeles 14–4 8–4–1 11–7 9–9 8–4 1–10 11–1 6–6 7–11 12–6 7–5
Montreal 8–4 9–9 7–5 6–6 4–8 6–12 9–9–1 8–10 4–8 7–5 13–5
New York 8–4 9–9 7–4 7–5 10–1 12–6 10–8 12–6 7–5 4–8 14–4
Philadelphia 6-6 10–8 3–9 4–8 1–11 9–9–1 8–10 7–11 4–7 7–5 6–12
Pittsburgh 5–5 11–7 5–7 4–8 6–6 10–8 6–12 11–7 8–4 8–4 11–7
San Diego 10–8 4–8 8–10 12–6 11–7 8–4 5–7 7–4 4–8 8–10 6–6
San Francisco 13–5 7–5 7–11 11–7 6–12 5–7 8–4 5–7 4–8 10–8 7–5
St. Louis 9–3 11–7 6–6 6–6 5–7 5–13 4–14 12–6 7–11 6–6 5–7


Notable transactionsEdit

RosterEdit

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Gary Carter 130 455 110 .242 11 46
1B Keith Hernandez 95 348 96 .276 11 55
2B Wally Backman 99 294 89 .303 0 17
3B Howard Johnson 148 495 114 .230 24 68
SS Kevin Elster 149 406 87 .214 9 37
LF Kevin McReynolds 147 552 159 .288 27 99
CF Len Dykstra 126 429 116 .270 8 33
RF Darryl Strawberry 153 543 146 .269 39 101

Other battersEdit

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Mookie Wilson 112 378 112 .296 8 41
Dave Magadan 112 314 87 .277 1 35
Tim Teufel 90 273 64 .234 4 31
Lee Mazzilli 68 116 17 .147 0 12
Mackey Sasser 60 123 35 .285 1 17
Gregg Jeffries 29 109 35 .321 6 17
Barry Lyons 50 91 21 .231 0 11
Keith Miller 40 70 15 .214 1 5
Mark Carreon 7 9 5 .556 1 1

Starting pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dwight Gooden 34 248.1 18 9 3.19 175
Ron Darling 34 240.2 17 9 3.25 161
David Cone 35 231.1 20 3 2.22 213
Bob Ojeda 29 190.1 10 13 2.88 133
Sid Fernandez 31 187 12 10 3.03 189

Other pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Rick Aguilera 11 24.2 0 4 6.93 16
David West 2 6 1 0 3.00 3

Relief pitchersEdit

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Roger McDowell 62 5 5 16 2.63 46
Randy Myers 55 7 3 26 1.72 69
Terry Leach 52 7 2 3 2.54 51
Gene Walter 19 0 1 0 3.78 14
Bob McClure 14 1 0 1 4.09 7
Jeff Innis 12 1 1 0 1.89 14
Ed Nunez 10 1 0 0 4.50 8
John Mitchell 1 0 0 0 0.00 1

NLCSEdit

Game 1Edit

October 4: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 8 1
Los Angeles 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 4 0
WP: Randy Myers (1-0)  LP: Jay Howell (0-1)
HR: NYM – None.; LA – None.

Game 2Edit

October 5: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 6 0
Los Angeles 1 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 6 7 0
WP: Tim Belcher (1-0)  LP: David Cone (0-1)  SV: Alejandro Peña (1)
HR: NYMKeith Hernandez (1); LA – None.

Game 3Edit

October 8: Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 7 2
New York 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 5 X 8 9 2
WP: Randy Myers (2-0)  LP: Alejandro Peña (0-1)
HR: LA – None.; NYM – None.

Game 4Edit

October 9: Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Los Angeles 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 5 7 1
New York 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 10 2
WP: Alejandro Peña (1-1)  LP: Roger McDowell (0-1)   SV: Orel Hershiser (1)
HR: LAMike Scioscia (1), Kirk Gibson (1); NYMDarryl Strawberry (1), Kevin McReynolds (1)

Game 5Edit

October 10: Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 7 12 0
New York 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 4 9 1
WP: Tim Belcher (2-0)  LP: Sid Fernandez (0-1)  SV: Brian Holton (1)
HR: LAKirk Gibson (2); NYMLenny Dykstra (1)

Game 6Edit

October 11: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 5 11 0
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 2
WP: David Cone (1-1)  LP: Tim Leary (0-1)
HR: NYMKevin McReynolds (2); LA – None.

Game 7Edit

October 12: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
Los Angeles 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 6 10 0
WP: Orel Hershiser (1-0)  LP: Ron Darling (0-1)
HR: NYM – None.; LA – None.

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Keith Hernandez, Gold Glove Award
  • Keith Hernandez, Major League record, most Gold Gloves by a first baseman (it was also his 11th consecutive Gold Glove)[6]
  • Kevin McReynolds – Player of the Month, September 1988
  • Gary Carter – 300 career home runs, and set record for career putouts for a catcher

1988 MLB All-Star Game

  • Gary Carter
  • David Cone
  • Dwight Gooden
  • Darryl Strawberry

Team leadersEdit

  • Games – Darryl Strawberry (153)
  • At-bats – Kevin McReynolds (552)
  • Home runs – Darryl Strawberry (39)
  • Runs batted in – Darryl Strawberry (101)
  • Batting average – Wally Backman (.303)
  • Hits – Kevin McReynolds (159)
  • Doubles – Kevin McReynolds (30)
  • Triples – Mookie Wilson (5)
  • Walks – Howard Johnson (86)
  • Stolen bases – Len Dykstra (30)
  • Wins – David Cone (20)

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jesse Orosco at Baseball-Reference
  2. ^ Rafael Santana at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ Randy Milligan at Baseball-Reference
  4. ^ Mike Maksudian at Baseball-Reference
  5. ^ Héctor Ramírez at Baseball-Reference
  6. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 47, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  7. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007

External linksEdit