1986 New York Mets
World Series Champion
National League Champion
National League East Division Champion
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record108–54 (.667)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)Nelson Doubleday Jr. and
Fred Wilpon
General manager(s)Frank Cashen
Manager(s)Davey Johnson
Local televisionWOR-TV 9
(Ralph Kiner, Tim McCarver, Steve Zabriskie, Rusty Staub)
SportsChannel New York
(Ralph Kiner, Tim McCarver, Fran Healy, Rusty Staub)
Local radioWHN–AM 1050
(Bob Murphy, Gary Thorne, Juan Alicea (SP))
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The 1986 New York Mets season was the Mets' 25th season in the National League. They improved from a 98–64 record in 1985 to finish the season with a franchise record 108–54 record, giving them the division title. They went on to defeat the Houston Astros in six games in the NLCS and the American League champion Boston Red Sox in seven games in the World Series. This is their last championship to date.

The 1986 Mets are one of just three National League teams (the other two are the 1975 Cincinnati Reds and the 2022 Los Angeles Dodgers) to have won twice as many games as lost in the regular season since 1909.[1] The team is often regarded as one of the best of all-time, being cited in 2021 by ESPN as a top contender for best MLB team of the previous half-century from 1970 to 2020.[1]

Background

Darryl Strawberry and Ron Darling made their debuts in 1983, followed by Dwight Gooden and Sid Fernandez in 1984, and Lenny Dykstra and Roger McDowell in 1985. The Mets hired Davey Johnson to manage the ballclub in 1984, resulting in a solid season with 90 victories and a second-place finish. The rise continued in 1985, as they netted 98 wins and finished the season only 3 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals.

In the 1985–86 offseason, general manager Frank Cashen brought in Tim Teufel, a right-handed hitting infielder from the Minnesota Twins and Bob Ojeda, a left-handed pitcher from the Boston Red Sox. The Mets added them to an existing veteran core including along with former MVPs George Foster and Keith Hernandez, veteran catcher Gary Carter and speedsters Wally Backman and Mookie Wilson.

With these acquisitions, many predicted an easy dominance within the division. The pundits were right. During spring training, Davey Johnson said to his players that they were not only going to win, but that they would dominate. That meant winning the division by double digits. The Mets concluded the season winning a club-record 108 games, two out of every three, and finishing the season 21+12 games in front of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Offseason

Spring training

The 1986 New York Mets held spring training at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Florida for the 25th season.

Regular season

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Mets 108 54 0.667 55–26 53–28
Philadelphia Phillies 86 75 0.534 21½ 49–31 37–44
St. Louis Cardinals 79 82 0.491 28½ 42–39 37–43
Montreal Expos 78 83 0.484 29½ 36–44 42–39
Chicago Cubs 70 90 0.438 37 42–38 28–52
Pittsburgh Pirates 64 98 0.395 44 31–50 33–48

Record vs. opponents

Record Games Left
Opponent Home Road Total Home Road Total
NL East
Chicago Cubs 6–3 6–3 12–6
Montreal Expos 5–4 5–4 10–8
Philadelphia Phillies 6–3 2–7 8–10
Pittsburgh Pirates 9–0 8–1 17–1
St. Louis Cardinals 4–5 8–1 12–6
NL West
Atlanta Braves 5–1 3–3 8–4
Cincinnati Reds 2–4 6–0 8–4
Houston Astros 5–1 2–4 7–5
Los Angeles Dodgers 5–1 4–2 9–3
San Diego Padres 5–1 5–1 10–2
San Francisco Giants 3–3 4–2 7–5
Grand Totals 55–26 53–28 108–54
Month Games Won Lost Pct.
April 16 13 3 .813
May 27 18 9 .667
June 28 19 9 .679
July 27 16 11 .593
August 32 21 11 .656
September 27 16 11 .593
October 5 5 0 1.000
Totals 162 108 54 .667

Notable transactions

Month by month

April

The Mets had a rocky start with a 2–3 record (including two extra-inning losses to the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies respectively).[15] But when the Mets hosted Philadelphia at Shea Stadium a few days later, they kicked off an 11-game winning streak. Their toughest test in this stretch happened in St. Louis. On April 24, Howard Johnson hit a game-tying homer. A few games later, Wally Backman made a series-saving double-play. The Mets finished the month 13–3.

May

The Mets went 18–9 in May and ended the month with a season record of 31–12.

June

On June 10 against the Phillies, Tim Teufel hit a pinch-hit, game-winning grand slam.[16][17] The Mets went 19–9 during June and finished the month with a season record of 50–21.

July

On July 3 against Houston, Darryl Strawberry hit a game-tying home run. But it was Ray Knight who won the game with a homer of his own, after striking out in his first four at-bats. Dwight Gooden's first half performance was good enough for him to earn the honor of being named starting pitcher for the National League in the All-Star Game in the Astrodome. This game marked the end of a streak where the NL won 13 of the previous 14 games and served as foreshadowing for what would happen next. Later in the month, the Mets lost three of four to the Astros. During this series, four Mets were arrested at a popular nightclub in Houston. Their fortunes improved in a bizarre game in Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium on July 22. In the top of the ninth, Dave Parker dropped the ball that could have been the final out for the Reds, allowing the Mets to tie the game. In the bottom of the tenth, Eric Davis got to third and brawled with Ray Knight. Both men, along with Kevin Mitchell and Mario Soto, were ejected. Johnson was forced to alternate Jesse Orosco and Roger McDowell in the outfield. In the bottom of the twelfth, Carl Willis bunted into a double-play. In the top of the fourteenth, Howard Johnson hit a home run to put the Mets on top. The Mets went 16–11 during July and finished the month with a season record of 66–32 and were up by 15.5 games in the NL East division.

August

Former MVP George Foster was released. Former Mets favorite Lee Mazzilli returned. Gary Carter was injured. While he was gone, the Mets won 8 of 11 games. The Mets went 21–11 in August and ended with a season record, to that point, of 87–43 and were up by 19 games in the NL East division.

September–October

When they got to Philadelphia, droves of Mets fans were there to see if they would clinch the NL East.[18] In fact, they seemed to take up half of Veterans Stadium.[19] Given what had happened to them when they got swept in a three-game series by the Cubs in Philadelphia preceding the series and not wanting to see visiting teams win a division title on their field,[18] the Phillies swept the Mets. During the series, Mets fans at Veterans Stadium became unruly and damaged seats in the upper deck (the 700 level).[20] One Mets fan was arrested after striking at two Philadelphia police officers.[20] The Phillie Phanatic summed up the Mets being swept by crushing three Mets helmets in front of the Mets dugout during the final game of the series.[20] The Phillies ended up being the only team in the league to post a winning record against the Mets, going 10–8, with a 7–2 mark at Veterans Stadium. During the postseason awards, the Mets rivalry with the Phillies and that series was played out again, as it was Mike Schmidt of the Phillies who won the National League MVP Award, ahead of Gary Carter, who finished third, and Keith Hernandez, who finished fourth. It was Schmidt's third career MVP.[21]

The Mets then split a two-game series in St. Louis, trimming the magic number to clinch to 1 on September 16. The following day, they faced Dennis Eckersley and the Chicago Cubs. With a flu-ridden Hernandez, Dave Magadan was the offensive source of the day. Hernandez returned in the 9th to get the final out.[22] The champagne was popped immediately while the fans invaded the field quickly.[23] The Mets won a team-record 108 games after defeating the Pirates.[24]

The Mets went 21–11 during the final two months to end the season with a record of 108-54 while winning the NL East division by 21.5 games.

Schedule and results

Regular season

1986 Regular Season Game Log (108–54) (Home: 55–26; Road: 53–28)
April (13–3) (Home: 5–1; Road: 8–2)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Stadium Record Report Rank GB
1 April 8 @ Pirates 4–2 Gooden (1–0) Reuschel (0–1) 48,962 Three Rivers Stadium 1–0 Boxscore 1 Tied 6:05 PM EST WOR-TV
April 10 @ Pirates Postponed (inclement weather); rescheduled for June 6 Three Rivers Stadium
2 April 11 @ Phillies 9–7 Ojeda (1–0) Gross (0–1) Orosco (1) 36,190 Veterans Stadium 2–0 Boxscore 2 7:35 PM EST SportsChannel New York Plus
3 April 12 @ Phillies 8–9 (14) Hudson (1–0) Niemann (0–1) 22,737 Veterans Stadium 2–1 Boxscore 2 -1+12 1:20 PM EST NBC
4 April 13 @ Phillies 2–4 Rawley (1–0) Aguilera (0–1) 27,691 Veterans Stadium 2–2 Boxscore 3 -1+12 3:05 PM EST WOR-TV ABC
5 April 14 Cardinals 2–6 (13) Perry (1–0) Niemann (0–2) 47,752 Shea Stadium 2–3 Boxscore 4 -2+12 1:35 PM EST WOR-TV
April 16 Cardinals Postponed (rain); rescheduled for August 14 Shea Stadium -2+12
April 17 Cardinals Postponed (rain); rescheduled for August 17 Shea Stadium -2+12
6 April 18 Phillies 5–2 Darling (1–0) Carlton (0–2) Orosco (2) 26,906 Shea Stadium 3–3 Boxscore 3 -2+12 7:35 PM EST WOR-TV
7 April 19 Phillies 3–2 Gooden (2–0) Rawley (1–1) 38,333 Shea Stadium 4–3 Boxscore 3 -2+12 1:35 PM EST SportsChannel New York
8 April 20 Phillies 8–0 Fernandez (1–0) Gross (0–2) 41,848 Shea Stadium 5–3 Boxscore 3 -1+12 1:35 PM EST WOR-TV
9 April 21 Pirates 6–5 McDowell (1–0) Clements (0–1) 10,282 Shea Stadium 6–3 Boxscore 2 -1 7:35 PM EST WOR-TV
10 April 22 Pirates 7–1 Ojeda (2–0) Kipper (0–1) 15,668 Shea Stadium 7–3 Boxscore 1 Tied 7:35 PM EST SportsChannel New York Plus
11 April 24 @ Cardinals 5–4 (10) McDowell (2–0) Worrell (0–1) 33,597 Busch Memorial Stadium 8–3 Boxscore 1 +1+12 8:35 PM EST SportsChannel New York Plus
12 April 25 @ Cardinals 9–0 Gooden (3–0) Horton (0–2) 43,721 Busch Memorial Stadium 9–3 Boxscore 1 +2+12 8:35 PM EST WOR-TV
13 April 26 @ Cardinals 4–3 Fernandez (2–0) Cox (0–1) Orosco (3) 44,769 Busch Memorial Stadium 10–3 Boxscore 1 +3+12 1:20 PM EST NBC
14 April 27 @ Cardinals 5–3 Ojeda (3–0) Tudor (3–1) 39,193 Busch Memorial Stadium 11–3 Boxscore 1 +4 3:05 PM EDT WOR-TV ABC
15 April 29 @ Braves 10–5 Berenyi (1–0) McMurtry (0–1) McDowell (1) 12,258 Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium 12–3 Boxscore 1 +4+12 5:40 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
16 April 30 @ Braves 8–1 Gooden (4–0) Johnson (3–1) 23,361 Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium 13–3 Boxscore 1 +5 7:40 PM EDT SportsChannel New York Plus
May (18–9) (Home: 9–3; Road: 9–6)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Stadium Record Report Rank GB
17 May 1 @ Braves 2–7 Smith (2–2) Aguilera (0–2) 8,343 Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium 13–4 Boxscore 1 +4+12 5:40 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
18 May 2 @ Reds 8–7 Fernandez (3–0) Gullickson (0–3) Orosco (4) 20,677 Riverfront Stadium 14–4 Boxscore 1 +5+12 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
19 May 3 @ Reds 4–1 Ojeda (4–0) Denny (1–3) Orosco (5) 20,268 Riverfront Stadium 15–4 Boxscore 1 +5+12 2:15 PM EDT SportsChannel New York Plus
20 May 4 @ Reds 7–2 Darling (2–0) Soto (2–3) McDowell (2) 25,407 Riverfront Stadium 16–4 Boxscore 1 +5+12 2:15 PM EDT WOR-TV
21 May 6 Astros 4–0 Gooden (5–0) Knepper (5–1) 41,722 Shea Stadium 17–4 Boxscore 1 +5 7:35 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
22 May 7 Astros 3–2 Fernandez (4–0) Ryan (3–4) Orosco (6) 26,956 Shea Stadium 18–4 Boxscore 1 +5 7:35 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
23 May 9 Reds 2–1 Ojeda (5–0) Soto (2–4) 'McDowell (3) 40,744 Shea Stadium 19–4 Boxscore 1 +5 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
24 May 10 Reds 5–1 Darling (3–0) Browning (0–4) 45,303 Shea Stadium 20–4 Boxscore 1 +5 1:20 PM EDT NBC
25 May 11 Reds 2–3 Gullickson (2–3) Gooden (5–1) Franco (4) 44,236 Shea Stadium 20–5 Boxscore 1 +4 1:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
26 May 12 Braves 1–0 McDowell (3–0) Assenmacher (1–1) Shea Stadium 45,303 Shea Stadium 21–5 Boxscore 1 +5 7:35 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
27 May 13 Braves 3–6 Johnson (4–3) Aguilera (0–3) Sutter (2) 29,052 Shea Stadium 21–6 Boxscore 1 +4 7:35 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
28 May 14 @ Astros 2–6 Knepper (7–1) Ojeda (5–1) 11,626 Astrodome 21–7 Boxscore 1 +3 8:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
29 May 15 @ Astros 6–2 Darling (4–0) Ryan (3–5) 13,856 Astrodome 22–7 Boxscore 1 +4 8:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
30 May 16 @ Dodgers 3–4 (11) Howell (1–2) Orosco (0–1) 11,626 Dodger Stadium 22–8 Boxscore 1 +3 10:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
31 May 17 @ Dodgers 2–6 Niedenfuer (2–2) Fernandez (4–1) 39,429 Dodger Stadium 22–9 Boxscore 1 +3 4:05 PM EDT NBC
32 May 18 @ Dodgers 8–4 Niemann (1–2) Reuss (2–2) 44,426 Dodger Stadium 23–9 Boxscore 1 +3 3:05 PM EDT WOR-TV ABC
33 May 20 @ Giants 2–1 Ojeda (6–1) LaCoss (4–1) McDowell (4) 28,837 Candlestick Park 24–9 Boxscore 1 +4 10:35 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
34 May 21 @ Giants 7–4 Darling (5–0) Mason (2–4) 18,618 Candlestick Park 25–9 Boxscore 1 +5 3:05 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
35 May 22 @ Giants 2–10 Krukow (6–3) Gooden (5–2) 27,442 Candlestick Park 25–10 Boxscore 1 +4 4:05 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
36 May 23 @ Padres 4–7 Gossage (3–3) Orosco (0–2) 22,982 Jack Murphy Stadium 25–11 Boxscore 1 +3 10:05 PM EDT WOR-TV
37 May 24 @ Padres 5–4 Berenyi (2–0) Thurmond (2–4) Orosco (7) 36,679 Jack Murphy Stadium 26–11 Boxscore 1 +3 10:05 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
38 May 25 @ Padres 4–2 (11) Orosco (1–2) Lefferts (3–2) 30,296 Jack Murphy Stadium 27–11 Boxscore 1 +4 4:05 PM EDT WOR-TV
39 May 27 Dodgers 8–1 Darling (6–0) Welch (3–4) 35,643 Shea Stadium 28–11 Boxscore 1 +4+12 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
40 May 28 Dodgers 4–2 Gooden (6–2) Reuss (2–4) 41,032 Shea Stadium 29–11 Boxscore 1 +5+12 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
41 May 29 Dodgers 5–2 Fernandez (5–1) Valenzuela (7–3) Orosco (8) 41,080 Shea Stadium 30–11 Boxscore 1 +6 7:35 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
42 May 30 Giants 8–7 (10) Orosco (2–2) Davis (1–3) 38,243 Shea Stadium 31–11 Boxscore 1 +6 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
43 May 31 Giants 3–7 Garrelts (5–5) Ojeda (6–2) 50,498 Shea Stadium 31–12 Boxscore 1 +6 7:05 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
June (19–9) (Home: 11–6; Road: 8–3)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Stadium Record Report Rank GB
44 June 1 Giants 3–7 Krukow (7–3) Darling (6–1) 49,041 Shea Stadium 31–13 Boxscore 1 +6 3:05 PM EDT WOR-TV ABC
45 June 2 Padres 11–2 Gooden (7–2) Hoyt (2–2) 28,426 Shea Stadium 32–13 Boxscore 1 +6+12 7:35 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
46 June 3 Padres 4–5 Hawkins (4–4) Fernandez (5–2) Gossage (9) 25,196 Shea Stadium 32–14 Boxscore 1 +6+12 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
47 June 4 Padres 4–2 McDowell (4–0) Walter (1–1) 26,735 Shea Stadium 33–14 Boxscore 1 +7+12 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
48 June 5 @ Pirates 7–0 Ojeda (7–2) Kipper (1–5) 8,855 Three Rivers Stadium 34–14 Boxscore 1 +8+12 7:35 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
49 June 6 @ Pirates 1–7 Rhoden (5–3) Darling (6–2) Walk (2) N/A Three Rivers Stadium 34–15 Boxscore 1 +8 5:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
50 June 6 @ Pirates 10–4 McDowell (5–0) León (1–3) 15,113 Three Rivers Stadium 35–15 Boxscore 1 +8 8:57 PM EDT WOR-TV
51 June 7 @ Pirates 6–4 Gooden (8–2) Reuschel (4–5) Orosco (9) 29,770 Three Rivers Stadium 36–15 Boxscore 1 +9 7:05 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
52 June 8 @ Pirates 4–3 Fernandez (6–2) McWilliams (1–4) Orosco (10) 14,391 Three Rivers Stadium 37–15 Boxscore 1 +9 1:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
53 June 9 Phillies 2–3 (10) Carman (3–0) Sisk (0–1) Bedrosian (8) 26,050 Shea Stadium 37–16 Boxscore 1 +8 7:35 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
54 June 10 Phillies 8–4 (11) McDowell (6–0) Lerch (0–1) 27,472 Shea Stadium 38–16 Boxscore 1 +8 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
55 June 11 Phillies 5–3 Darling (7–2) Carlton (4–7) Orosco (11) 27,830 Shea Stadium 39–16 Boxscore 1 +8 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
56 June 13 Pirates 6–5 Orosco (3–2) Clements (0–2) 37,582 Shea Stadium 40–16 Boxscore 1 +9 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
57 June 14 Pirates 5–1 Fernandez (7–2) Bielecki (4–4) 47,664 Shea Stadium 41–16 Boxscore 1 +10 1:35 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
58 June 15 Pirates 4–1 Ojeda (8–2) Walk (2–3) N/A Shea Stadium 42–16 Boxscore 1 +10+12 1:05 PM EDT WOR-TV
59 June 15 Pirates 8–5 Aguilera (1–3) Kipper (2–6) McDowell (5) 41,847 Shea Stadium 43–16 Boxscore 1 +10+12 4:08 PM EDT WOR-TV
60 June 16 @ Expos 4–1 (10) Sisk (1–1) Reardon (6–4) 16,347 Olympic Stadium 44–16 Boxscore 1 +11+12 7:35 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
61 June 17 @ Expos 2–4 Hesketh (4–4) Berenyi (2–1) Burke (4) 20,193 Olympic Stadium 44–17 Boxscore 1 +10+12 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
62 June 18 @ Expos 4–7 Youmans (6–5) Gooden (8–3) Reardon (16) 22,026 Olympic Stadium 44–18 Boxscore 1 +9+12 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
June 19 Cubs Postponed (rain); rescheduled for July 29 Shea Stadium +10
63 June 20 Cubs 10–3 Fernandez (8–2) Sanderson (3–5) 44,817 Shea Stadium 45–18 Boxscore 1 +10 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
64 June 21 Cubs 6–8 Fontenot (3–2) Orosco (3–3) 42,566 Shea Stadium 45–19 Boxscore 1 +10 1:35 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
65 June 22 Cubs 4–2 Darling (8–2) Sutcliffe (4–9) 46,279 Shea Stadium 46–19 Boxscore 1 +10 1:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
66 June 23 Expos 4–5 (10) Burke (5–2) Orosco (3–4) 44,199 Shea Stadium 46–20 Boxscore 1 +9 7:35 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
67 June 24 Expos 2–6 Smith (5–5) Berenyi (2–2) McClure (2) 40,092 Shea Stadium 46–21 Boxscore 1 +8 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
68 June 25 Expos 5–2 Fernandez (9–2) McGaffigan (5–3) McDowell (6) 33,030 Shea Stadium 47–21 Boxscore 1 +9 1:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
June 27 @ Cubs Postponed (rain); rescheduled for August 6 Wrigley Field +9+12
69 June 28 @ Cubs 5–2 McDowell (7–0) Fontenot (3–3) 35,152 Wrigley Field 48–21 Boxscore 1 +9+12 3:20 PM EDT NBC
70 June 29 @ Cubs 7–4 Gooden (9–3) Sutcliffe (4–10) 34,222 Wrigley Field 49–21 Boxscore 1 +9+12 2:20 PM EDT WOR-TV
71 June 30 @ Cardinals 7–0 Ojeda (9–2) Tudor (6–4) 38,819 Busch Memorial Stadium 50–21 Boxscore 1 +9+12 8:05 PM EDT ABC
July (16–11) (Home: 9–6; Road: 7–5)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Stadium Record Report Rank GB
72 July 1 @ Cardinals 2–1 Fernandez (10–2) Cox (2–6) McDowell (7) 25,869 Busch Memorial Stadium 51–21 Boxscore 1 +10+12 8:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
73 July 2 @ Cardinals 4–3 Sisk (2–1) Forsch (6–5) Orosco (12) 29,794 Busch Memorial Stadium 52–21 Boxscore 1 +11+12 8:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
74 July 3 Astros 6–5 (10) Orosco (4–4) DiPino (1–4) 48,839 Shea Stadium 53–21 Boxscore 1 +12+12 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
75 July 4 Astros 2–1 Gooden (10–3) Smith (1–5) 28,557 Shea Stadium 54–21 Boxscore 1 +12+12 1:35 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
76 July 5 Astros 1–2 Kerfeld (6–1) McDowell (7–1) 50,939 Shea Stadium 54–22 Boxscore 1 +11+12 7:05 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
77 July 6 Astros 5–3 Fernandez (11–2) Knudson (0–3) McDowell (8) 31,017 Shea Stadium 55–22 Boxscore 1 +11+12 1:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
78 July 7 Reds 6–7 Robinson (7–0) Niemann (1–3) Franco (13) 29,265 Shea Stadium 55–23 Boxscore 1 +11+12 7:35 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
79 July 8 Reds 4–5 (10) Franco (3–4) McDowell (7–2) 35,803 Shea Stadium 55–24 Boxscore 1 +11+12 7:35 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
80 July 9 Reds 1–11 Browning (7–7) Gooden (10–4) 38,079 Shea Stadium 55–25 Boxscore 1 +10+12 1:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
81 July 10 Braves 5–1 Ojeda (10–2) Smith (7–10) 34,836 Shea Stadium 56–25 Boxscore 1 +10+12 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
82 July 11 Braves 11–0 Fernandez (12–2) Palmer (5–8) 39,924 Shea Stadium 57–25 Boxscore 1 +11+12 8:35 PM EDT NBC
83 July 12 Braves 10–1 Aguilera (2–3) Mahler (10–8) 30,899 Shea Stadium 58–25 Boxscore 1 +12+12 1:50 PM EDT NBC
84 July 13 Braves 2–0 Darling (9–2) Alexander (6–5) 41,128 Shea Stadium 59–25 Boxscore 1 +13+12 1:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
July 15: All-Star Game (AL wins—[1]) 3–2 Clemens (BOS) Gooden (NYM) Aase (BAL) 45,774 Astrodome Houston, Texas
85 July 17 @ Astros 13–2 Ojeda (11–2) Ryan (6–7) 21,536 Astrodome 60–25 Boxscore 1 +13+12 8:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
86 July 18 @ Astros 0–3 Knepper (11–7) Darling (9–3) 22,906 Astrodome 60–26 Boxscore 1 +12+12 8:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
87 July 19 @ Astros 4–5 Smith (2–6) McDowell (7–3) 44,502 Astrodome 60–27 Boxscore 1 +12+12 8:35 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
88 July 20 @ Astros 8–9 (15) Knepper (12–7) McDowell (7–4) 23,900 Astrodome 60–28 Boxscore 1 +12 3:05 PM EDT WOR-TV
89 July 21 @ Reds 4–2 Aguilera (3–3) Soto (3–8) Orosco (13) 23,827 Riverfront Stadium 61–28 Boxscore 1 +13 8:05 PM EDT ABC
90 July 22 @ Reds 6–3 (14) McDowell (8–4) Willis (1–1) 23,707 Riverfront Stadium 62–28 Boxscore 1 +14 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
91 July 23 @ Reds 3–2 Darling (10–3) Robinson (7–1) McDowell (9) 25,496 Riverfront Stadium 63–28 Boxscore 1 +15 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
July 25 @ Braves Postponed (rain); rescheduled for July 26 Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium +15
92 July 26 @ Braves 3–4 Assenmacher (4–2) McDowell (8–5) N/A Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium 63–29 Boxscore 1 +14+12 5:40 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
93 July 26 @ Braves 5–8 Acker (3–4) Fernandez (12–3) Garber (12) 44,400 Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium 63–30 Boxscore 1 +14+12 8:46 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
94 July 27 @ Braves 5–1 Aguilera (4–3) Mahler (10–10) 33,338 Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium 64–30 Boxscore 1 +15+12 2:10 PM EDT WOR-TV
95 July 28 Cubs 9–2 Ojeda (12–2) Sanderson (5–7) McDowell (10) 38,890 Shea Stadium 65–30 Boxscore 1 +16+12 7:35 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
96 July 29 Cubs 3–0 Darling (11–3) Trout (4–4) N/A Shea Stadium 66–30 Boxscore 1 +16+12 5:35 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
97 July 29 Cubs 1–2 Moyer (11–3) Sisk (2–2) Smith (18) 45,731 Shea Stadium 66–31 Boxscore 1 +16+12 8:21 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
98 July 30 Cubs 3–4 Eckersley (5–6) Fernandez (12–4) Smith (19) 35,734 Shea Stadium 66–32 Boxscore 1 +15+12 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
August (21–11) (Home: 7–5; Road: 14–6)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Stadium Record Report Rank GB
99 August 1 Expos 3–1 Gooden (11–4) Youmans (10–7) McDowell (11) 47,883 Shea Stadium 67–32 Boxscore 1 +16+12 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
100 August 2 Expos 4–1 Aguilera (5–3) Sebra (1–2) Orosco (14) 43,069 Shea Stadium 68–32 Boxscore 1 +17+12 7:05 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
101 August 3 Expos 4–3 (10) McDowell (9–5) McClure (2–3) 47,167 Shea Stadium 69–32 Boxscore 1 +17+12 1:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
102 August 4 @ Cubs 2–4 Eckersley (6–6) Darling (11–4) Smith (20) 29,016 Wrigley Field 69–33 Boxscore 1 +17+12 4:05 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
103 August 5 @ Cubs 5–8 Smith (7–7) McDowell (9–6) 28,211 Wrigley Field 69–34 Boxscore 1 +16+12 4:05 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
104 August 6 @ Cubs 7–6 (12) McDowell (10–6) Frazier (2–4) N/A Wrigley Field 70–34 Boxscore 1 +17 1:05 PM EDT WOR-TV
105 August 6 @ Cubs 7–6 Anderson (1–0) Trout (4–5) Orosco (15) 33,343 Wrigley Field 71–34 Boxscore 1 +17 5:37 PM EDT SportsChannel New York Plus
106 August 7 @ Cubs 12–3 Aguilera (6–3) Sanderson (5–9) 28,725 Wrigley Field 72–34 Boxscore 1 +17 2:20 PM EDT WOR-TV
107 August 8 @ Expos 3–5 Smith (8–6) Ojeda (12–3) Reardon (26) 21,027 Olympic Stadium 72–35 Boxscore 1 +16 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
108 August 9 @ Expos 10–8 McDowell (11–6) Reardon (6–7) Orosco (16) 33,093 Olympic Stadium 73–35 Boxscore 1 +17 7:35 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
109 August 10 @ Expos 7–2 Fernandez (13–4) Martínez (1–4) Anderson (1) 35,743 Olympic Stadium 74–35 Boxscore 1 +18 1:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
110 August 11 @ Phillies 8–4 Gooden (12–4) Carman (5–4) 43,133 Veterans Stadium 75–35 Boxscore 1 +19 8:05 PM EDT ABC
111 August 12 @ Phillies 1–3 Gross (8–9) Aguilera (6–4) 36,442 Veterans Stadium 75–36 Boxscore 1 +18 7:35 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
112 August 13 @ Phillies 4–8 Ruffin (4–3) Ojeda (12–4) 39,041 Veterans Stadium 75–37 Boxscore 1 +18 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
113 August 14 Cardinals 4–3 McDowell (12–6) Worrell (7–9) N/A Shea Stadium 76–37 Boxscore 1 +17+12 5:35 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
114 August 14 Cardinals 1–5 Horton (2–3) Anderson (1–1) 48,949 Shea Stadium 76–38 Boxscore 1 +17+12 8:56 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
115 August 15 Cardinals 2–4 (10) Perry (2–2) Orosco (4–5) Worrell (26) 46,780 Shea Stadium 76–39 Boxscore 1 +16 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
116 August 16 Cardinals 1–3 (11) Mathews (9–3) McDowell (12–7) Worrell (27) 44,873 Shea Stadium 76–40 Boxscore 1 +16 2:20 PM EDT NBC
117 August 17 Cardinals 1–2 Tudor (12–6) Aguilera (6–5) Perry (2) N/A Shea Stadium 76–41 Boxscore 1 +16+12 1:05 PM EDT WOR-TV
118 August 17 Cardinals 9–2 Niemann (2–3) Cox (7–10) McDowell (12) 44,843 Shea Stadium 77–41 Boxscore 1 +16+12 4:32 PM EDT WOR-TV
119 August 18 @ Dodgers 5–4 Ojeda (13–4) Hershiser (12–9) McDowell (13) 46,099 Dodger Stadium 78–41 Boxscore 1 +17 8:05 PM EDT ABC
120 August 19 @ Dodgers 6–4 Darling (12–4) Valenzuela (15–9) McDowell (14) 46,977 Dodger Stadium 79–41 Boxscore 1 +18 10:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
121 August 20 @ Dodgers 7–5 Fernandez (14–4) Powell (2–5) Orosco (17) 36,738 Dodger Stadium 80–41 Boxscore 1 +18+12 8:20 PM EDT NBC
122 August 22 @ Giants 5–3 Gooden (13–4) Blue (9–8) McDowell (15) 30,679 Candlestick Park 81–41 Boxscore 1 +19 11:05 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
123 August 23 @ Giants 3–2 Ojeda (14–4) Downs (0–4) McDowell (16) 31,033 Candlestick Park 82–41 Boxscore 1 +20 4:05 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
124 August 24 @ Giants 1–10 Krukow (13–7) Aguilera (6–6) 31,606 Candlestick Park 82–42 Boxscore 1 +19 4:05 PM EDT WOR-TV
125 August 25 @ Padres 5–2 Orosco (5–5) Lefferts (7–5) McDowell (17) 18,605 Jack Murphy Stadium 83–42 Boxscore 1 +20 8:05 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
126 August 26 @ Padres 11–6 Fernandez (15–4) Dravecky (9–11) 15,992 Jack Murphy Stadium 84–42 Boxscore 1 +20 10:05 PM EDT WOR-TV
127 August 27 @ Padres 6–5 (11) Sisk (3–2) Gossage (5–7) 19,747 Jack Murphy Stadium 85–42 Boxscore 1 +20 10:05 PM EDT WOR-TV
128 August 29 Dodgers 2–1 Ojeda (15–4) Honeycutt (9–9) 45,667 Shea Stadium 86–42 Boxscore 1 +20 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
129 August 30 Dodgers 6–3 Aguilera (7–6) Hershiser (12–10) McDowell (18) 44,040 Shea Stadium 87–42 Boxscore 1 +20 2:20 PM EDT NBC
130 August 31 Dodgers 4–7 Valenzuela (17–9) Darling (12–5) 45,678 Shea Stadium 87–43 Boxscore 1 +19 1:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
September (16–11) (Home: 11–4; Road: 5–7)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Stadium Record Report Rank GB
131 September 1 Giants 5–2 McDowell (13–7) Davis (4–5) 44,272 Shea Stadium 88–43 Boxscore 1 +19 1:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
132 September 2 Giants 3–4 Krukow (14–8) Gooden (13–5) Garrelts (7) 26,166 Shea Stadium 88–44 Boxscore 1 +19 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
133 September 3 Giants 4–2 Ojeda (16–4) Mulholland (0–6) 25,851 Shea Stadium 89–44 Boxscore 1 +20 7:35 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
September 5 Padres Postponed (rain); rescheduled for September 7 Shea Stadium +20+12
134 September 6 Padres 4–3 Orosco (6–5) McCullers (7–7) 46,879 Shea Stadium 90–44 Boxscore 1 +20+12 2:20 PM EDT NBC
135 September 7 Padres 7–1 Gooden (14–5) LaPoint (4–8) N/A Shea Stadium 91–44 Boxscore 1 +21 1:05 PM EDT WOR-TV
136 September 7 Padres 6–5 Sisk (4–2) Lefferts (7–7) McDowell (19) 38,630 Shea Stadium 92–44 Boxscore 1 +21 3:54 PM EDT WOR-TV
137 September 8 Expos 1–9 Sebra (4–3) Ojeda (16–5) 38,630 Shea Stadium 92–45 Boxscore 1 +21 7:35 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
138 September 9 Expos 7–9 Burke (9–7) Orosco (6–6) Reardon (31) 26,867 Shea Stadium 92–46 Boxscore 1 +21 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
139 September 10 Expos 6–1 Darling (13–5) Valdez (0–1) 31,934 Shea Stadium 93–46 Boxscore 1 +22 7:35 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
140 September 12 @ Phillies 3–6 Ruffin (8–3) Gooden (14–6) Bedrosian (24) 43,070 Veterans Stadium 93–47 Boxscore 1 +21 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
141 September 13 @ Phillies 5–6 Schatzeder (4–4) McDowell (13–8) Bedrosian (25) 47,108 Veterans Stadium 93–48 Boxscore 1 +20 7:05 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
142 September 14 @ Phillies 0–6 Gross (10–11) Fernandez (15–5) 38,652 Veterans Stadium 93–49 Boxscore 1 +19 1:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
143 September 15 @ Cardinals 0–1 (13) Worrell (9–10) McDowell (13–9) 29,566 Busch Memorial Stadium 93–50 Boxscore 1 +18 8:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
144 September 16 @ Cardinals 4–2 Aguilera (8–6) Conroy (4–9) Orosco (18) 30,935 Busch Memorial Stadium 94–50 Boxscore 1 +18 8:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
145 September 17 Cubs 4–2 Gooden (15–6) Eckersley (6–10) 47,823 Shea Stadium 95–50 Boxscore 1 +19 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
146 September 18 Cubs 5–0 Anderson (2–1) Maddux (1–3) 13,726 Shea Stadium 96–50 Boxscore 1 +19 1:35 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
147 September 19 Phillies 3–4 Gross (11–11) Fernandez (15–6) Bedrosian (27) 35,023 Shea Stadium 96–51 Boxscore 1 +18 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
148 September 20 Phillies 9–5 Darling (14–5) Hume (4–1) 39,104 Shea Stadium 97–51 Boxscore 1 +19 7:05 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
149 September 21 Phillies 1–7 Freeman (1–0) Mitchell (0–1) 42,631 Shea Stadium 97–52 Boxscore 1 +18 1:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
150 September 22 Cardinals 5–2 Gooden (16–6) Forsch (14–9) 25,714 Shea Stadium 98–52 Boxscore 1 +19 7:35 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
151 September 23 Cardinals 9–1 Ojeda (17–5) Mathews (10–8) Orosco (19) 11,203 Shea Stadium 99–52 Boxscore 1 +19 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
152 September 24 @ Cubs 2–8 Hall (1–1) Aguilera (8–7) 6,468 Wrigley Field 99–53 Boxscore 1 +19 2:20 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
153 September 25 @ Cubs 6–5 McDowell (14–9) Lynch (5–5) Orosco (20) 8,840 Wrigley Field 100–53 Boxscore 1 +20 2:20 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
154 September 26 @ Pirates 3–1 Fernandez (16–6) Fansler (0–2) McDowell (20) 14,080 Three Rivers Stadium 101–53 Boxscore 1 +20 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
155 September 27 @ Pirates 4–2 (11) Orosco (7–6) McWilliams (2–11) Sisk (1) 13,210 Three Rivers Stadium 102–53 Boxscore 1 +20 7:05 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
156 September 28 @ Pirates 4–1 (11) Aguilera (9–7) Walk (7–8) 30,606 Three Rivers Stadium 103–53 Boxscore 1 +20 1:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
157 September 30 @ Expos 0–1 Sebra (5–5) Darling (14–6) 6,068 Olympic Stadium 103–54 Boxscore 1 +19+12 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
October (5–0) (Home: 3–0; Road: 2–0)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Stadium Record Report Rank GB
158 October 1 @ Expos 6–4 (11) Orosco (8–6) McClure (4–6) McDowell (21) 10,740 Olympic Stadium 104–54 Boxscore 1 +20 7:05 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
159 October 2 @ Expos 8–2 Gooden (17–6) Youmans (13–12) 10,726 Olympic Stadium 105–54 Boxscore 1 +20+12 7:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
October 3 Pirates Postponed (rain); rescheduled for October 4 Shea Stadium +21
160 October 4 Pirates 8–2 Ojeda (18–5) Fansler (0–3) Orosco (21) N/A Shea Stadium 106–54 Boxscore 1 +21+12 1:05 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
161 October 4 Pirates 5–2 Aguilera (10–7) Patterson (2–3) McDowell (22) 30,810 Shea Stadium 107–54 Boxscore 1 +21+12 3:52 PM EDT SportsChannel New York
162 October 5 Pirates 9–0 Darling (15–6) Pena (0–3) Fernandez (1) 32,170 Shea Stadium 108–54 Boxscore 1 +21+12 1:35 PM EDT WOR-TV
Legend
Mets win Mets loss All-Star Game Game postponed Clinched
"GB" legend
1st (NL East) Not in playoff berth Tied for 1st (NL East)

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Postseason

1986 Postseason Game Log
National League Championship Series vs. Houston – New York (NL) wins series 4–2
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Stadium Report Game Time National TV National Radio
1 October 8 @ Astros 0–1 Scott (1–0) Gooden (0–1) 44,131 Astrodome Boxscore 8:25 PM EDT ABC CBS
2 October 9 @ Astros 5–1 Ojeda (1–0) Ryan (0–1) 44,391 Astrodome Boxscore 8:20 PM EDT ABC CBS
3 October 11 Astros 6–5 Orosco (1–0) Smith (0–1) 55,052 Shea Stadium Boxscore 12:10 PM EDT ABC CBS
4 October 12 Astros 1–3 Scott (2–0) Fernandez (0–1) 55,038 Shea Stadium Boxscore 8:20 PM EDT ABC CBS
5 October 14 Astros 2–1 (12) Orosco (2–0) Kerfeld (0–1) 54,986 Shea Stadium Boxscore 1:10 PM EDT ABC CBS
6 October 15 @ Astros 7–6 (16) Orosco (3–0) López (0–1) 45,718 Astrodome Boxscore 3:05 PM EDT ABC CBS
World Series vs. Boston – New York (NL) wins series 4–3
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Stadium Report Game Time National TV National Radio
1 October 18 Red Sox 0–1 Hurst (1–0) Darling (0–1) Schiraldi (1) 57,908 Shea Stadium Boxscore 8:30 PM EDT NBC CBS
2 October 19 Red Sox 3–9 Crawford (1–0) Gooden (0–1) Stanley (1) 57,911 Shea Stadium Boxscore 8:25 PM EDT NBC CBS
3 October 21 @ Red Sox 7–1 Ojeda (1–0) Boyd (0–1) 33,595 Fenway Park Boxscore 8:30 PM EDT NBC CBS
4 October 22 @ Red Sox 6–2 Darling (1–1) Nipper (0–1) Orosco (1) 33,920 Fenway Park Boxscore 8:25 PM EDT NBC CBS
5 October 23 @ Red Sox 2–4 Hurst (2–0) Gooden (0–2) 34,010 Fenway Park Boxscore 8:35 PM EDT NBC CBS
6 October 25 Red Sox 6–5 (10) Aguilera (1–0) Schiraldi (0–1) 57,908 Shea Stadium Boxscore 8:25 PM EDT NBC CBS
7 October 27 Red Sox 8–5 McDowell (1–0) Schiraldi (0–2) Orosco (2) 55,032 Shea Stadium Boxscore 8:10 PM EST NBC CBS
Legend
Mets Win Mets Loss

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Attendance

Attendance Rank
2,767,601 2

Opening day lineup

Opening Day Starters
# Name Position
4 Lenny Dykstra CF
6 Wally Backman 2B
17 Keith Hernandez 1B
8 Gary Carter C
18 Darryl Strawberry RF
15 George Foster LF
20 Howard Johnson 3B
3 Rafael Santana SS
16 Dwight Gooden P

[25]

Roster

1986 New York Mets
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

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 SB
C Gary Carter 132 490 125 .255 24 105 1
1B Keith Hernandez 149 551 171 .310 13 83 2
2B Wally Backman 124 387 124 .320 1 27 13
3B Ray Knight 137 486 145 .298 11 76 2
SS Rafael Santana 139 394 86 .218 1 28 0
LF George Foster 72 233 53 .227 13 38 1
CF Lenny Dykstra 147 431 127 .295 8 45 31
RF Darryl Strawberry 136 475 123 .259 27 93 28

[26]

Other batters

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

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI SB
Mookie Wilson 123 381 110 .289 9 45 25
Kevin Mitchell 108 328 91 .277 12 43 3
Tim Teufel 93 279 69 .247 4 31 1
Howard Johnson 88 220 54 .245 10 39 8
Danny Heep 86 195 55 .282 5 33 1
Ed Hearn 49 136 36 .265 4 10 0
Lee Mazzilli 39 58 16 .276 2 7 1
Kevin Elster 19 30 5 .167 0 0 0
Stan Jefferson 14 24 5 .208 1 3 0
John Gibbons 8 19 9 .474 1 1 0
Dave Magadan 10 18 8 .444 0 3 0
Barry Lyons 6 9 0 .000 0 2 0
Tim Corcoran 6 7 0 .000 0 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
Dwight Gooden 33 250.1 17 6 2.84 200
Ron Darling 34 237.0 15 6 2.81 184
Sid Fernandez 33 204.1 16 6 3.52 200
Bob Ojeda 32 217.1 18 5 2.57 148
Rick Aguilera 28 141.2 10 7 3.88 105

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
Bruce Berenyi 14 39.2 2 2 6.35 30
Randy Myers 10 10.2 0 0 4.22 13
John Mitchell 4 10.0 0 1 3.60 2
Terry Leach 6 6.2 0 0 2.70 4
Ed Lynch 1 1.2 0 0 0.00 1

Relief pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO SV
Roger McDowell 76 128.0 14 9 3.02 65 23
Jesse Orosco 59 81.0 8 6 2.33 62 21
Doug Sisk 41 70.2 4 2 3.06 31 1
Randy Niemann 31 35.2 2 3 3.79 18 0
Rick Anderson 15 49.2 2 1 2.72 21 1

NLCS

Main article: 1986 National League Championship Series

Game 1

October 8 (Astrodome, Houston)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Houston 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 1 7 1
WP: Mike Scott (1–0)  LP: Dwight Gooden (0–1)
HR: NYM – None.; HOUGlenn Davis (1)

Game 2

October 9 (Astrodome, Houston)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 5 10 0
Houston 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 10 2
WP: Bob Ojeda (1–0)  LP: Nolan Ryan (0–1)
HR: NYM – None.; HOU – None.

Game 3

October 11 (Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 8 1
New York 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 2 6 10 1
WP: Jesse Orosco (1–0)  LP: Dave Smith (0–1)
HR: HOUBill Doran (1); NYMDarryl Strawberry (1), Lenny Dykstra (1)

Game 4

October 12 (Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 4 1
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 0
WP: Mike Scott (2–0)  LP: Sid Fernandez (0–1)
HR: HOUAlan Ashby (1), Dickie Thon (1); NYM – None.

Game 5

October 14 (Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Houston 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 1
New York 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 4 0
WP: Jesse Orosco (2–0)  LP: Charlie Kerfeld (0–1)
HRs: HOU – None. NYMDarryl Strawberry (2)

Game 6

October 15 (Astrodome, Houston)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 7 11 0
Houston 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 6 11 1
WP: Jesse Orosco (3–0)  LP: Aurelio López (0–1)
HRs: NYM – None. HOUBilly Hatcher (1)

World Series

Main article: 1986 World Series

NL New York Mets (4) vs. AL Boston Red Sox (3)

Game Score Date Location Attendance Time of Game
1 Red Sox – 1, Mets – 0 October 18 Shea Stadium (New York) 57,908 3:18
2 Red Sox – 9, Mets – 3 October 19 Shea Stadium (New York) 57,911 2:44
3 Mets – 7, Red Sox – 1 October 21 Fenway Park (Boston) 33,595 3:09
4 Mets – 6, Red Sox – 2 October 22 Fenway Park (Boston) 33,920 3:22
5 Mets – 2, Red Sox – 4 October 23 Fenway Park (Boston) 34,010 2:55
6 Red Sox – 5, Mets – 6 (10 inn.) October 25 Shea Stadium (New York City) 57,908 3:18
7 Red Sox – 5, Mets – 8 October 27 Shea Stadium (New York City) 55,032 2:44

Game Six

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One of the most famous games in baseball history is Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. The Mets rallied in the bottom of the 8th inning of Game 6, tying the game on a Gary Carter sacrifice fly. Reliever Calvin Schiraldi had loaded the bases with one out and had a 3–0 count on Carter, who swung away at the next pitch to hit the fly ball. In the ninth inning, after a walk and an error put two men on with nobody out, Howard Johnson was sent to the plate to sacrifice the winning run to third. After Johnson was unsuccessful on his first bunt attempt, Mets manager Davey Johnson took the bunt off. Johnson ended up striking out, leaving runners at first and second with one out. Lee Mazzilli followed with a deep fly to left that would have won the game had the runner been at third. Lenny Dykstra then flied out for the third out, sending the game to extra innings.

In the top of the 10th inning, Dave Henderson homered to pull the Sox within three outs of a world championship, and Barrett singled in Wade Boggs to make it a 5–3 lead. When Wally Backman and Keith Hernandez were retired to start the bottom of the 10th, the championship seemed at hand. After Hernandez made the second out, he went to the Mets' locker room, took off his uniform, opened a beer and watched the rest of the game on the clubhouse TV, thinking the game and the Series would be over soon. Hernandez, who is superstitious, never left that spot until the game ended.[citation needed]

Then, Carter singled to left. Pinch-hitter Kevin Mitchell then singled to center and Shea Stadium started to get loud. Knight went down in the count 0–2 bringing the Mets to their last strike but he hit the next pitch into center field for a single that scored Carter and advanced Mitchell to third base, making the score 5–4 and bringing Shea back to life. Before his at-bat, Mitchell was on the phone in the locker room making plane reservations to fly home to San Diego, thinking the game was over. He had already gotten out of his uniform and was in street clothes, and, when he was told he was batting, got off the phone and hurriedly got dressed, not even bothering to put his cup back on.[citation needed]

The Red Sox replaced Schiraldi with Bob Stanley to face left fielder Mookie Wilson. Wilson got the count to 2–1 but fouled the fourth pitch away to bring the Mets to their last strike again. He stayed alive fouling off two more Stanley pitches. Then, the seventh pitch sailed towards Wilson's knees sending him to the ground. the ball bounced off catcher Rich Gedman's catchers' mitt and went straight to the backstop. Mitchell scored on the wild pitch (which many thought should have been scored a passed ball) uncontested to tie the game and Shea Stadium erupted while Knight advanced to second base. The Red Sox were shocked to have blown the lead with the game all but over, much as the Angels had done to them in the ALCS almost two weeks earlier.

Wilson fouled off two more pitches to bring the at bat to the tenth pitch. His next hit sent a slow rolling ground ball up the first base line, which appeared to be an easy to field situation. Bill Buckner, with his chronic bad ankles and knees, moved to field the ball in an effort to beat the speedy Wilson to first base, and finish the inning. As he bent over, the ball passed between his legs, under his glove and rolled behind him into right field. Shea Stadium exploded and the Mets' players and fans screamed in excitement. Knight needed to hold his helmet on while jumping towards home plate with the winning run. Buckner and the rest of the Red Sox appeared stunned as they exited the field.

Vin Scully's call of the play quickly become an iconic one to baseball fans, with the normally calm Scully growing increasingly excited:

So the winning run is at second base, with two outs, three and two to Mookie Wilson. (A) little roller up along first... behind the bag! It gets through Buckner! Here comes Knight, and the Mets win it!

Scully then remained silent for more than three minutes, letting the pictures and the crowd noise tell the story. Scully resumed with:

If one picture is worth a thousand words, you have seen about a million words, but more than that, you have seen an absolutely bizarre finish to Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. The Mets are not only alive, they are well, and they will play the Red Sox in Game 7 tomorrow!

Had the Red Sox won the World Series, they would have won their first World Series since 1918, in addition to making Boston the first city to win both NBA and World Series championships in the same year.[note 1] As it turned out, the Celtics championship four months before was the last championship for Boston and for Massachusetts until the New England Patriots, who lost Super Bowl XX to the Chicago Bears in January, won Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002.

Awards and honors

Ray Knight in 2007 (on right), who scored the winning run in Game 6, was named 1986 World Series MVP.
Ray Knight in 2007 (on right), who scored the winning run in Game 6, was named 1986 World Series MVP.

57th Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Main article: 1986 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Infielders

Pos # Player League AB H RBI
1B 17 Keith Hernandez National League Starter 4 0 0

Outfielders

Pos # Player League AB H RBI
RF 18 Darryl Strawberry National League Starter 2 1 0

Catcher

# Player League AB H RBI
8 Gary Carter National League Starter 3 0 0

Pitchers

# Player League IP SO
50 Sid Fernandez National League 1 3
16 Dwight Gooden National League Starter 3 2

Coach

# Coach League Position
5 Davey Johnson National League Third Base Coach

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tidewater Tides International League Sam Perlozzo
AA Jackson Mets Texas League Mike Cubbage
A Lynchburg Mets Carolina League Bobby Floyd
A Columbia Mets South Atlantic League Tucker Ashford
A-Short Season Little Falls Mets New York–Penn League Rich Miller
Rookie Kingsport Mets Appalachian League Chuck Hiller

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Columbia[27]

Documentary

ESPN 30 for 30 released a four-part documentary on the 1986 Mets entitled Once Upon a Time in Queens,[28] in September 2021. It is produced by Jimmy Kimmel and directed by Nick Davis. It is available for streaming on ESPN+ along with the entire 30 for 30 library.

Notes

  1. ^ This feat would twice subsequently be achieved by Los Angeles. In 1988, the Los Angeles Lakers won a second consecutive NBA Finals series, whilst the Dodgers won the World Series. In 2002, the Lakers would yet again win the NBA Finals whilst the Angels won the World Series later that year.

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