What were the BEST and WORST months of April in New York Mets franchise history? Mets Rewind looks back at the good, the bad and the ugly in April from 1962-present.
A couple interesting notes from this list:
- Notice: In every season listed among the five BEST starts — 1986, 1988, 2016, 2006 and 2015 — the New York Mets made the postseason.
- The Mets started the 2018 season winning their first two games in the month of March, lost their first game in April and won their next nine starts in April. Despite an 11-1 start in Mickey Callaway’s first season as manager, the team had an excellent start but did not rank among the Top 5 BEST in April (15-9, .625).
- Despite making the WORST list in April 1967, the season is notable for another type of beginning: George Thomas Seaver. The MetsRewind Hall of Famer won his first major league game against the Chicago Cubs on April 20, 1967, and five days later on April 25, he pitched 10 innings at Wrigley Field to record his second win. He finished the month on a down note, losing a tough game to the Cincinnati Reds, 3-2, on April 30.
National League baseball in New York was redefined on March 6, 1961 when the New York Metropolitan Baseball Club Inc. formally received a certificate of membership from leave president Warren Giles. Of the 30 Major League Baseball clubs today, the case could be made that no other team has a more compelling franchise history than the New York Mets. From Casey Stengel to Yogi Berra, Marv Throneberry to Tom Seaver, Willie Mays, Tug McGraw, Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Keith Hernandez, Bobby Valentine, Pedro Martinez and Matt Harvey, the Mets are loaded with character(s). Then there are the Amazin’ seasons — 1962, 1969, 1973, 1986, 2000, 2006-2008 and 2015 — full of miracles, joy, hope and heartbreak. Mets Rewind is designed for that purpose: To share team history in a distinct and entertaining format. We hope you — the baseball fan — enjoy the content. We encourage you to share your memories.