2009 New York Mets season

2009 New York Mets
The first regular season game ever played at Citi Field, April 13, 2009
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Fred Wilpon
General manager(s) Omar Minaya
Manager(s) Jerry Manuel
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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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.[1] The Mets finished with a 70–92 record, as the season was plagued by many injuries.


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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]


2009 New York Mets
Pitchers Catchers



Utility player



Regular season

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,[5] injuries hurt the Mets in June and they went 9–18,[5] 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.[5]

On July 10, the Mets sent outfielder Ryan Church to the Atlanta Braves for outfielder Jeff Francoeur.

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.[6]

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.[7]

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,[8] 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.[9] Mets players spent more than 1,480 days in the Disabled list in 2009, more than any other team in the majors.[5] 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.[10]

On August 25 the Mets traded former all-star closer Billy Wagner to the Boston Red Sox for minor league outfielder Chris Carter and minor league first baseman Eddie Loria.[11]

Pat Misch earned his 1st Major League Baseball win on September 3 in his 12th start.

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Philadelphia Phillies 9369 0.574 45–36 48–33
Florida Marlins 8775 0.537 6 43–38 44–37
Atlanta Braves 8676 0.531 7 40–41 46–35
New York Mets 7092 0.432 23 41–40 29–52
Washington Nationals 59103 0.364 34 33–48 26–55

Record vs. opponents

2009 National League Records

Los Angeles11-73-45-35-114-43-33-43–35-14-34-310-811-72-53-29-9
New York2-55-133-34-24-37-115-11-53-36-124-32-55-34-510-85–10
San Diego7-113-35-46-18-102-41-68-104-25-22-54-310-81-64-25–10
San Francisco13-54–32–43–310-84–34–27-115-43–54–34–28-104–34–29–6
St. Louis4-22-410-68-81-63-39-65-29-95-41-410-56-13-46–19–6

Game log

2009 Game Log

Player stats


Marlon Anderson440.000.0000000
Carlos Beltrán81308100.325.41510485011
Ángel Berroa14274.148.2330240
Emil Brown351.200.3330000
Robinson Cancel110.000.0000000
Luis Castillo142486147.302.3871407720
Ramón Castro*267920.253.32231350
Ryan Church*6723265.280.332222266
Alex Cora8227168.251.320118318
Carlos Delgado269428.298.393423150
Nick Evans306515.231.2751750
Pedro Feliciano8800.0001.0000000
Nelson Figueroa16223.136.1740310
Jeff Francoeur*7528990.311.3381041401
Anderson Hernández*4613534.252.315214142
Liván Hernández*24405.125.1460000
John Maine16274.148.1480200
Fernando Martínez299116.176.24218112
Ramón Martínez12427.167.1820411
Pat Misch22130.000.1330000
Daniel Murphy155508135.266.3131263604
Jon Niese581.125.1250000
Fernando Nieve893.333.3330100
Ángel Pagán88343105.306.3506325414
Mike Pelfrey31525.096.1430440
Óliver Pérez14226.273.3040010
Tim Redding30292.069.0690000
Jeremy Reed12616139.242.3010990
Argenis Reyes9172.118.1670001
José Reyes3614741.279.3552151811
Johan Santana25427.167.2550410
Omir Santos9628173.260.296740280
Brian Schneider5917037.218.292324110
Gary Sheffield10026874.276.3721043442
Cory Sullivan6413634.250.338215177
Ken Takahashi2820.000.0000000
Fernando Tatís12534096.282.339848424
Josh Thole175317.321.3560921
Wilson Valdéz418622.256.32607110
David Wright144535164.307.39010728827

Legend: G = games played; AB = at-bats; H = hits; BA = batting average; OBP = on-base percentage; HR = home runs; RBI = runs batted in; R = runs scored; SB = stolen bases; bold = league leader


Elmer Dessens9012 ⅓0003.65965
Pedro Feliciano580434302.51323910
Nelson Figueroa1160104.50532
Casey Fossum3040002.25434
Sean Green52047 ⅔1314.72453719
Liván Hernández2020120 ⅔7504.771386743
John Maine111161 ⅔5404.52514234
Pat Misch13014 ⅓0002.511699
Jon Niese44241104.5026168
Fernando Nieve8736 ⅔3302.95362319
Darren O'Day4030000.00521
Bobby Parnell52040 ⅔2304.20493421
Mike Pelfrey2121121 ⅓8704.751376745
Óliver Pérez101048 ⅔2307.03524447
J. J. Putz29029 ⅓1425.22291919
Tim Redding16958 ⅓1406.94693828
Francisco Rodríguez4704822242.06314926
Johan Santana212113712802.9612412843
Brian Stokes42043 ⅔1203.50452620
Jon Switzer403 ⅓0008.10432
Ken Takahashi150180103.0016149

Legend: G = games pitched; GS = games started; IP = innings pitched; W = wins; L = losses; ERA = earned run average; H = hits allowed; SO = strikeouts; BB = walks; S = saves; bold = league leader

As of August 2, 2009

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Buffalo Bisons International League Ken Oberkfell
AA Binghamton Mets Eastern League Mako Oliveras
A St. Lucie Mets Florida State League Tim Teufel
A Savannah Sand Gnats South Atlantic League Edgar Alfonzo
Short-Season A Brooklyn Cyclones New York–Penn League Pedro López
Rookie Kingsport Mets Appalachian League Mike DiFelice
Rookie GCL Mets Gulf Coast League Julio Franco


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  2. K-Rod, Mets finalize deal
  3. Mets get Putz as set-up man in huge trade
  4. Sheffield agrees to deal with Mets
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  11. "Mets, Red Sox finally complete Billy Wagner trade". Archived from the original on October 12, 2009. Retrieved October 20, 2009.
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