1981 New York Mets
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Nelson Doubleday, Jr.
General manager(s)Frank Cashen
Manager(s)Joe Torre
Local televisionWOR-TV
Local radioWMCA
(Ralph Kiner, Bob Murphy, Steve Albert, Art Shamsky)
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The New York Mets' 1981 season was the 20th regular season for the Mets. They went 41–62 and finished in fifth place in the National League East. They were managed by Joe Torre. They played home games at Shea Stadium. The season is remembered for a summer strike that cut the season in half.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 59 43 0.578 32–21 27–22
Montreal Expos 60 48 0.556 2 38–18 22–30
Philadelphia Phillies 59 48 0.551 36–19 23–29
Pittsburgh Pirates 46 56 0.451 13 22–28 24–28
New York Mets 41 62 0.398 18½ 24–27 17–35
Chicago Cubs 38 65 0.369 21½ 27–30 11–35


NL East
First Half Standings
W L Pct. GB
Philadelphia Phillies 34 21 .618
St. Louis Cardinals 30 20 .600 1+12
Montreal Expos 30 25 .545 4
Pittsburgh Pirates 25 23 .521 5+12
New York Mets 17 34 .333 15
Chicago Cubs 15 37 .288 17+12
NL East
Second Half Standings
W L Pct. GB
Montreal Expos 30 23 .566
St. Louis Cardinals 29 23 .558 12
Philadelphia Phillies 25 27 .481 4+12
New York Mets 24 28 .462 5+12
Chicago Cubs 23 28 .451 6
Pittsburgh Pirates 21 33 .389 9+12

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 3–2–1 6–5 4–8 7–7 3–7 3–3 4–5 2–3 9–6 5–7 4–3
Chicago 2–3–1 1–5 1–6 6–4 4–7 5–8–1 2–10 4–10 3–3 5–5 5–4–1
Cincinnati 5–6 5–1 8–4 8–8 5–4 7–3 5–2 4–2 10–2 9–5 0–5
Houston 8–4 6–1 4–8 4–8 5–2 6–3 4–6 2–4 11–3 9–6 2–4
Los Angeles 7–7 4–6 8–8 8–4 5–2 5–1 3–3 5–1 6–5 7–5 5–5
Montreal 7–3 7–4 4–5 2–5 2–5 9–3 7–4 10–3 4–2 2–5 6–9
New York 3–3 8–5–1 3–7 3–6 1–5 3–9 7–7 3–6–1 2–5 2–4 6–5
Philadelphia 5-4 10–2 2–5 6–4 3–3 4–7 7–7 7–5 4–2 4–3 7–6
Pittsburgh 3–2 10–4 2–4 4–2 1–5 3–10 6–3–1 5–7 6–4 3–7 3–8
San Diego 6–9 3–3 2–10 3–11 5–6 2–4 5–2 2–4 4–6 6–7 3–7
San Francisco 7–5 5–5 5–9 6–9 5–7 5–2 4–2 3–4 7–3 7–6 2–3
St. Louis 3–4 4–5–1 5–0 4–2 5–5 9–6 5–6 6–7 8–3 7–3 3–2


Notable Transactions

Roster

1981 New York Mets roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

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
C John Stearns 80 273 74 .271 1 24
1B Dave Kingman 100 353 78 .221 22 59
2B Doug Flynn 105 325 72 .222 1 20
SS Frank Taveras 84 283 65 .230 0 11
3B Hubie Brooks 98 358 110 .307 4 38
LF Lee Mazzilli 95 324 74 .228 6 34
CF Mookie Wilson 92 328 89 .271 3 14
RF Ellis Valentine 48 169 35 .207 5 21

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Rusty Staub 70 161 51 .317 5 21
Alex Treviño 56 149 39 .262 0 10
Joel Youngblood 43 143 50 .350 4 25
Mike Jorgensen 86 122 25 .205 3 15
Bob Bailor 51 81 23 .284 0 8
Mike Cubbage 67 80 17 .213 1 4
Ron Gardenhire 27 48 13 .271 0 3
Ron Hodges 35 43 13 .302 1 6
Wally Backman 26 36 10 .278 0 0
Mike Howard 14 24 4 .167 0 3
Brian Giles 9 7 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Pat Zachry 24 139.0 7 14 4.14 76
Mike Scott 23 136.0 5 10 3.90 54
Ed Lynch 17 80.1 4 5 2.91 27
Greg A. Harris 16 68.2 3 5 4.46 54
Randy Jones 13 59.1 1 8 4.85 14
Tim Leary 1 2.0 0 0 0.00 3

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Pete Falcone 35 95.1 5 3 2.55 56
Dave Roberts 7 15.1 0 3 9.39 10
Craig Swan 5 13.2 0 2 3.29 9
Charlie Puleo 4 13.1 0 0 0.00 8

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Neil Allen 43 7 6 18 2.97 50
Ray Searage 26 1 0 1 3.68 16
Dyar Miller 23 1 0 0 3.29 22
Terry Leach 21 1 1 0 2.55 16
Tom Hausman 20 0 1 0 2.18 13
Mike Marshall 20 3 2 0 2.61 8
Jeff Reardon 18 1 0 2 3.45 28
Dan Boitano 15 2 1 0 5.51 8
Jesse Orosco 8 0 1 1 1.56 18

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tidewater Tides International League Jack Aker
AA Jackson Mets Texas League Davey Johnson
A Lynchburg Mets Carolina League Gene Dusan
A Shelby Mets South Atlantic League Dan Monzon
A-Short Season Little Falls Mets New York–Penn League Rich Miller
Rookie Kingsport Mets Appalachian League Al Jackson

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Jackson

Notes

  1. ^ Kevin Mitchell page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Jose Moreno page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Rick Sweet page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Rusty Staub page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ "Mike Cubbage Stats".
  6. ^ Randy Milligan page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Gary Rajsich page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ "Dan Boitano Stats".
  9. ^ "Butch Benton Stats".
  10. ^ Jeff Reardon page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ John Christensen page at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Roger Clemens page at Baseball Reference
  13. ^ Lenny Dykstra page at Baseball Reference
  14. ^ Lou Thornton page at Baseball Reference
  15. ^ Bill Latham page at Baseball Reference
  16. ^ Mike Marshall page at Baseball Reference

References