2009 New York Mets season
The 2009 New York Mets season was a season in American baseball. It was the franchise's 48th season, and the team's first year at Citi Field, which opened on April 13 against the San Diego Padres. The Mets finished with a 70–92 record, as the season was plagued by many injuries.
|2009 New York Mets|
The first regular season game ever played at Citi Field, April 13, 2009
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Omar Minaya|
|Local television||SportsNet New York|
WPIX (CW affiliate)
Gary Cohen, Ralph Kiner, Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling, Bob Ojeda
|Local radio||WFAN (English)|
Howie Rose, Wayne Hagin, Ed Coleman
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Looking to improve the bullpen after the struggles of the 2008 season, the Mets signed closer Francisco Rodríguez to a three-year, $37 million contract on December 10, 2008. Immediately after, the team acquired reliever J. J. Putz from the Seattle Mariners in a three team trade involving the Mariners and the Cleveland Indians, giving the Mets a setup man for Rodriguez. New York shipped reliever Aaron Heilman, outfielder Endy Chávez, pitcher Jason Vargas and three minor leaguers to Seattle for Putz, center fielder Jeremy Reed and reliever Sean Green, while Mets reliever Joe Smith was acquired by Cleveland.
On December 12 the Mets traded Scott Schoeneweis to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Connor Robertson. On January 12, the Mets signed RHP Tim Redding to a one-year contract. The Mets signed Alex Cora to a one-year $2 million contract. The Mets signed Freddy García and Rob Mackowiak to minor league deals. Garcia's contract, which was full of incentives, could have reached $8 million if he reached the major league roster. On April 3, 2009, the Mets signed outfielder Gary Sheffield after being released by the Detroit Tigers.
|2009 New York Mets|
The Mets opened up the season in Cincinnati against the Reds on April 6. The Mets collected the victory, improving their win-loss record on opening day. The first home game at Citi Field was on April 13, 2009 against the San Diego Padres, who spoiled the opener with a 6–5 win against the Mets. In that game, Jody Gerut of the Padres became the first player to open a new ballpark with a leadoff home run.
On April 17, Gary Sheffield hit his 500th home run against the Milwaukee Brewers. On May 10, José Reyes stole his 300th base against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Despite an injury depleted roster, the Mets finished May with a 19–9 record and trailed the Philadelphia Phillies by a half game for the NL East lead.
After finishing April and May with a combined record of 28–21, injuries hurt the Mets in June and they went 9–18, their worst month since September 2003, but lost only 2½ games in the standings, as the Phillies were having their own struggles. Injuries continued to hurt them Mets in July, as they went 12–14, quickly falling to 4th place in the National League East and out of playoff contention.
However, the Mets did set a team record during the 2009 season. They had a team-record 10 hits in the fourth inning on August 18 against the Atlanta Braves. They scored eight runs in that inning, on their way to a 9–4 victory.
On August 23, the Mets became the first team in National League history to fall victim to a game-ending unassisted triple play, turned by Eric Bruntlett of the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field in the bottom of the 9th inning.
The 2009 Mets season will be remembered as a season marred by injuries. On August 25, it was announced that ace Johan Santana would undergo season-ending elbow surgery on his pitching elbow, and was added to the long list of injured players. Including Santana, the Mets' had 20 players see time on the Disabled list at some point during the 2009 season, including David Wright, John Maine, Jon Niese, Fernando Nieve, J. J. Putz, Billy Wagner, Brian Schneider, Carlos Delgado, Ángel Pagán, Gary Sheffield, Óliver Pérez, Ryan Church, Ramón Martínez, Jose Reyes, Alex Cora, Carlos Beltrán, and Fernando Martinez. Mets players spent more than 1,480 days in the Disabled list in 2009, more than any other team in the majors. However, second-half turnarounds of Francoeur and Daniel Murphy helped the Mets finish the season with the best batting average in the National League, tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
|New York Mets||70||92||0.432||23||41–40||29–52|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
2009 National League Records
|2009 Game Log|
|Elmer Dessens||9||0||12 ⅓||0||0||0||3.65||9||6||5|
|Sean Green||52||0||47 ⅔||1||3||1||4.72||45||37||19|
|Liván Hernández||20||20||120 ⅔||7||5||0||4.77||138||67||43|
|John Maine||11||11||61 ⅔||5||4||0||4.52||51||42||34|
|Pat Misch||13||0||14 ⅓||0||0||0||2.51||16||9||9|
|Fernando Nieve||8||7||36 ⅔||3||3||0||2.95||36||23||19|
|Bobby Parnell||52||0||40 ⅔||2||3||0||4.20||49||34||21|
|Mike Pelfrey||21||21||121 ⅓||8||7||0||4.75||137||67||45|
|Óliver Pérez||10||10||48 ⅔||2||3||0||7.03||52||44||47|
|J. J. Putz||29||0||29 ⅓||1||4||2||5.22||29||19||19|
|Tim Redding||16||9||58 ⅓||1||4||0||6.94||69||38||28|
|Brian Stokes||42||0||43 ⅔||1||2||0||3.50||45||26||20|
|Jon Switzer||4||0||3 ⅓||0||0||0||8.10||4||3||2|
As of August 2, 2009
- "New York Mets' Citi Field opener April 14 against Padres". Archived from the original on August 2, 2009. Retrieved June 17, 2009.
- K-Rod, Mets finalize deal
- Mets get Putz as set-up man in huge trade
- Sheffield agrees to deal with Mets
- Fitzpatrick, Mike (October 4, 2009). "Figueroa pitches shutout, Mets beat Astros 4–0". Yahoo! News. Associated Press. Retrieved October 4, 2009.
- "Game Wrapup". mets.com. August 18, 2009. Retrieved August 19, 2009.
- Gurian-Peck, David (August 23, 2009). "Phils back Pedro in NY, win on rare feat". MLB.com. Archived from the original on September 7, 2009. Retrieved August 24, 2009.
- "News: Santana to Have Surgery". August 25, 2009. Archived from the original on August 28, 2009. Retrieved August 25, 2009.
- "Note: The Citi Field Exorcism". August 25, 2009. Archived from the original on September 7, 2009. Retrieved August 25, 2009.
- Shpigel, Ben (October 5, 2009). "After Quiet Finish, Mets Are Planning For Busy Off-Season". New York Times. p. D6.
- "Mets, Red Sox finally complete Billy Wagner trade". Archived from the original on October 12, 2009. Retrieved October 20, 2009.
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