The end of 2019 not only allows us to take a look back at the year that was in sports but also over the past decade.
It’s been an inconsistent 10 years for the Mets, which is par for the course for a franchise that has been plagued by ownership unwilling to spend.
From 2010-2019, the Mets trudged through seven losing seasons under three different managers. But they also were the only New York team to win a pennant — taking the National League in 2015 before losing to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series.
Mets’ All-Decade Team
1B- Pete Alonso
161 G, 53 HR, 120 RBI, .941 OPS
We’ve only had one season of Pete Alonso, but it was a historic one. The first-baseman set an MLB record for most home runs hit by a rookie with 53. That number ranked ninth amongst all Mets batters throughout the entire decade.
2B- Daniel Murphy
699 G, 791 H, 181 2B, 322 RBI, .291 BA, .331 OBP
Murphy will forever be remembered for his monstrous tear during the 2015 postseason when he batted .421 with seven home runs in nine games in the NLDS and NLCS. He ranks in the Mets’ top three in hits, doubles, and RBI this decade.
Honorable mention: Wilmer Flores
3B- David Wright
738 G, 794 H, .282 BA, .822 OPS, 102 HR, 409 RBI
The Mets’ captain saw a career that was destined for Cooperstown derailed by injuries. Still, he led the franchise throughout the 2010s in hits and RBI while ranking second in doubles and third in home runs.
SS- Jose Reyes
574 G, 574 H, 40 3B, 107 SB
Reyes began the decade as a two-time All-Star and the 2011 NL Batting Champion for the Mets before signing with the Marlins in free agency. Off-field troubles and injuries saw him bounce around from Toronto to Colorado before re-joining the team in 2016. His contributions down the stretch three years ago helped the Mets make a second-straight playoff appearance.
OF- Yoenis Cespedes
308 G, 74 HR, 201 RBI, .890 OPS
Before injuries saw his status with the organization sour, Cespedes was the Mets’ savior upon his arrival at the trade deadline in 2015. In 57 games, he socked 17 home runs with 44 RBI to help lift the Mets to the NL East crown. He followed it up with 31 home runs and 86 RBI in 2016.
OF- Michael Conforto
578 G, 109 HR, 310 RBI, .834 OPS
The 26-year-old found his footing during the final years of the decade after coming up as a can’t-miss prospect in 2015. While his average has struggled, his power improved with 27, 28, and 33 round-trippers over the last three years.
OF- Curtis Granderson
573 G, 95 HR, 247 RBI
If there was an award for players who carry themselves off the field, Granderson is a first-teamer without a doubt. Adding 95 home runs in three-plus seasons doesn’t hurt his chance, either.
P: Jacob deGrom
171 GS, 66-49, 2.62 ERA, 1,255 K’s
Two-straight NL Cy Young Awards, the 2014 NL Rookie of the Year, and three All-Star appearances have highlighted Jacob deGrom’s first six seasons with the Mets. He’s become the undisputed ace of the staff, one of the very best pitchers in baseball, and one of the greatest hurlers in franchise history.
P: RA Dickey
91 GS, 39-28, 2.95 ERA, 468 K’s
The veteran knuckleballer became one of the most pleasant surprises during some down seasons. During his age-37 season in 2012, Dickey won the NL Cy Young Award with a 20-6 record, a 2.73 ERA, and a league-leading 230 strikeouts.
P: Johan Santana
109 GS, 46-34, 3.18 ERA, 607 K’s
Santana didn’t necessarily meet expectations after joining the Mets in 2008 due to injuries, but he was their ace for three seasons. He led the NL with a 2.53 ERA in 234.1 innings pitched during the 2008 season, but he’ll forever be remembered for throwing the organization’s first no-hitter in 2012 against the St. Louis Cardinals.
P: Noah Syndergaard
118 GS, 47-30, 3.31 ERA, 775 K’s
Thor’s relationship with the Mets has been suspect over the years. So has his career thanks to injuries and some recent inconsistencies. But the hard-throwing righty still ranks third amongst Mets pitchers this decade in strikeouts and threw a gem in the 2016 NL Wild Card Game that saw him outshined by Madison Bumgarner.
P: Matt Harvey
104 GS, 34-37, 3.66 ERA, 612 K’s
What could have been? Harvey was going to be baseball’s next great pitcher had it not been for injuries. Through his first three seasons from 2012-2015 — he missed the entire 2014 campaign after undergoing Tommy John surgery — Harvey was 25-18 with a 2.53 ERA. But health problems and spats with the organization saw his downfall. He went 9-17 with a 5.78 ERA over the next two seasons and was gone by 2018.
CL: Jeurys Familia
3.14 ERA, 123 SV
Familia racked up 123 saves during the decade, including a league-leading 51 in 2016. He was on the mound to clinch the NLDS win over the Los Angeles Dodgers and the NL pennant against the Chicago Cubs