1985 New York Mets season

1985 New York Mets
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Fred Wilpon and Nelson Doubleday, Jr.
General manager(s) Frank Cashen
Manager(s) Davey Johnson
Local television WOR-TV/SportsChannel New York
(Ralph Kiner, Steve Zabriskie, Tim McCarver, Fran Healy)
Local radio WHN
(Bob Murphy, Gary Thorne, Juan Alicea (SP))
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The New York Mets' 1985 season was the 24th regular season for the Mets. They went 98-64 and finished 2nd in the NL East. They were managed by Davey Johnson. They played their home games at Shea Stadium.


Regular season

  • Gary Carter led the Mets in HR and RBI.
  • July 4, 1985: Keith Hernandez hit for the cycle in a 16-13 game that lasted 19 innings vs. the Atlanta Braves.
  • July 11, 1985: Nolan Ryan got the 4000th strikeout of his career by striking out Mets player Danny Heep.
  • July 20, 1985: Darryl Strawberry had 7 RBIs in a game versus the Atlanta Braves.

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 10161 0.623 54–27 47–34
New York Mets 9864 0.605 3 51–30 47–34
Montreal Expos 8477 0.522 16½ 44–37 40–40
Chicago Cubs 7784 0.478 23½ 41–39 36–45
Philadelphia Phillies 7587 0.463 26 41–40 34–47
Pittsburgh Pirates 57104 0.354 43½ 35–45 22–59

Record vs. opponents

1985 National League Records

Atlanta 5–77–118–105–133–92–1010–26–67–1110–83–9
Chicago 7–55–65–75–77–114–1413–513–58–46–64–14
Cincinnati 11–76–511–77–118–44–87–59–39–912–65–7
Houston 10–87–57–116–126–64–84–86–612–615–36–6
Los Angeles 13–57–511–712–67–57–54–88–48–1011–77–5
Montreal 9–311–74–86–65–79–98–109–85–77–511–7
New York 10–214–48–48–45–79–911–710–87–58–48–10
Philadelphia 2-105–135–78–48–410–87–1111–75–76–68–10
Pittsburgh 6–65–133–96–64–88–98–107–114–83–93–15
San Diego 11–74–89–96–1210–87–55–77–58–412–64–8
San Francisco 8–106–66–123–157–115–74–86–69–36–122–10
St. Louis 9–314–47–56–65–77–1110–810–815–38–410–2

Opening Day starters

Notable transactions


1985 New York Mets roster
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


Starters by position

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
CGary Carter149555156.28132100
1BKeith Hernandez158593183.3091091
2BWally Backman145520142.273138
3BHoward Johnson12638994.2421146
SSRafael Santana154529136.257129
LFGeorge Foster129452119.2632177
CFMookie Wilson9333793.276626
RFDarryl Strawberry111393109.2772979

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Danny Heep9527176.280742
Ray Knight9027159.218636
Lenny Dykstra8323660.254119
John Christensen5111321.186313
Clint Hurdle438216.19537
Rusty Staub544512.26718
Billy Beane882.25001


Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games Played; GS = Games Started; CG = Complete Games; SHO = Shutouts; IP = Innings Pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned Run Average; SO = Strikeouts

Dwight Gooden3535168276.22441.53268
Ron Darling363542248.01662.90167
Ed Lynch312961191.01083.4465
Sid Fernandez262630170.1992.80180
Rick Aguilera211920122.11073.2474
Bruce Berenyi330013.2102.6310

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Terry Leach2255.2342.9730
Bill Latham722.2133.9710

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Roger McDowell6265172.8370
Jesse Orosco5486172.7368
Doug Sisk424525.3026
Tom Gorman344405.1332

Awards and honors

  • Dwight Gooden, Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Dwight Gooden, National League Cy Young Award Winner
  • Dwight Gooden, National League Pitching Triple Crown
  • Dwight Gooden, The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year
  • Keith Hernandez, National League First Base Gold Glove
  • Gary Carter, National League Catcher Silver Slugger
  • Keith Hernandez – Player of the Month, July 1985
  • Keith Hernandez – Hernandez set a major league record for game-winning runs batted in (24) in 1985
  • Gary Carter – Player of the Month, September 1985
  • Rafael Santana – Led NL Shortstops in Putouts (301)

All-Star Game

  • Darryl Strawberry, Right field, Starter
  • Gary Carter, Catcher
  • Ron Darling, Pitcher
  • Dwight Gooden, Pitcher (Injured, did not play)

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tidewater Tides International League Bob Schaefer
AA Jackson Mets Texas League Sam Perlozzo
A Lynchburg Mets Carolina League Mike Cubbage
A Columbia Mets South Atlantic League Bud Harrelson and Rich Miller
A-Short Season Little Falls Mets New York–Penn League Dan Radison
Rookie Kingsport Mets Appalachian League Tucker Ashford

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Tidewater, Jackson


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  3. Rusty Staub at Baseball Reference
  4. Danny Darwin at Baseball Reference
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