MLB Profiles: New York Mets
One of the most popular sports these days has to be baseball. Baseball is popular both on the pitch and in the betting office as it is for fantasy baseball, which also wracks up quite the crowd.
Of all of the teams at play in MLB, there are several that exceed the rankings in popularity. The New York Mets are one of the teams that excels in its fanbase, but, let’s take a moment to talk about who they are and their history!
Who Are The New York Mets?
The Mets are an American pro baseball team that is based in the NYC borough of Queens. They compete in MLB in the Eastern division of the National League. The Mets and the Yankees are the two major league clubs that are NYC based.
One of baseball’s first expansion teams was the Mets as they were founded in 1962 to replace the departed NL teams; the Dodgers and the Giants.
In their inaugural season, the Mets posted a 40-120 record, which is the worst regular season record that has ever been seen in MLB. The Mets also managed to qualify for the post-season ten times over and also managed to win the World Series on 2 occasions.
They managed to win 5 National League Pennants, with the most recent ones in 2000 and 2015, and also gained 6 total National League East division titles.
Their ownership changed in 2020, now under the ownership of Steve Cohen, a billionaire hedge fund manager, who purchased the team for $2.4 billion.
As 2022 came around, Forbes ranked the Mets as being the 6th most valuable MLB team, as they had a value of $2.650 billion.
When the 2022 regular season ended, the team had an overall win-loss record of 4,652 to 4,988 overall.
History Of The Franchise?
Every franchise has a history, and the Mets had a unique and interesting history, so let’s take a look.
After 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers and Giants moved from NYC to California to become the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants, which left NYC with no NL franchises, and only a single AL team, which was the New York Yankees.
The NL decided to expand, and add the New York Mets. They quickly took on the colors of the Giants and Dodgers, as blue and orange, which are also featured on the NYC flag.
In 1962, the Mets posted a 40-120 record, which was the biggest loss in a season since 1899. Then, later on, in the 1963 season they featured Willey, who was having a very good year, he pitched 4 shut-outs before he incurred an injury and ended up finishing with a 9-14 win-loss record.
At the beginning of their inception, they did not do so well, as you can see. However, eventually, things would improve for this team.
2nd Pennant In The 70s
In ‘73, the Mets managed to rally and go from 5th place to eventually win their division, despite only having a record of 82-79. They upset the favored Cincinnati Reds in NLCS and managed to push the defending World Series champions, the Oakland Athletics into a seventh game, however, they did end up losing the series.
1973 was the only NL East division title from ‘70 and ‘80 that the Phillies or Pirates did not win as well. However, in 1977 the Met’s star pitcher, Tom Seaver ended up being traded and the Mets fell to the bottom for some years.
In 1980, the Mets got sold to the Doubleday publishing company for $21.1 mil.
In the mid 80’s the franchise did turn around a bit, drafting Darryl Strawberry, a talented slugger, and then Dwight Gooden in 1985. They also gained Keith Hernandez in 1983, who was a former NL MVP and Gold Glove winner.
In ‘85 they also got Gary Carter and managed to win 98 games, but still missed the playoffs. However, in ‘86 they managed to win their division with a 108-54 record, which is one of the best in NL history!
They won an NLCS in 6 games as well, with the 6th game lasting 16 innings, which was the longest in playoff history until 2005. That year, they were only a single hit away from losing the World Series, before a series of miscues led to an error from Bill Buckner, which gave them a victory.
They finally won their second World Series title in 7 games that year!
The ’90s saw a lot of struggles for the Mets, as they finished with a losing record for 6 seasons in a row from ‘91 to ‘96. They did not get to the postseason again until 1999.
After such a rollercoaster ride the Mets have changed their outlook for the latest MLB betting odds and had a new owner take them over in 2020. They have also seen more records being built up by newer players. Jacob deGrom set a new MLB record allowing 3 or fewer earned runs in 40 games consecutively.
We also saw a new single-season record broken by Jim Scott. So, there is more improvement, and we hope to see even more in the future.