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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: A general view of the field covered with a rain tarp prior to the game between the New York Mets against the Atlanta Braves during their game at Citi Field on April 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: A general view of the field covered with a rain tarp prior to the game between the New York Mets against the Atlanta Braves during their game at Citi Field on April 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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DENVER, CO – MAY 04: Justin Morneau #33 of the Colorado Rockies hits a solo home run off of Jeurys Familia #27 of the New York Mets in the ninth inning at Coors Field on May 4, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Mets defeated the Rockies 5-1. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Roster

The Mets churned through 45 players in their first year, nine of whom appeared in at least 100 games. This included seven catchers and twelve right fielders, none of whom started more than 45 games at those positions.

The two most productive offensive players were 33-year-old LF Frank Thomas (OPS .824) and 35-year-old Hall-of-Famer CF/RF Richie Ashburn (OPS .817). Jim Hickman played the majority of games in CF.

The infield was anchored by 3B Felix Mantilla, SS Elio Chacon, 2B Charlie Neal, and 1B Marvelous Marv Throneberry.

Stengel favorite super utility man Hot Rod Kanehl started 81 games and played seven positions: everything but pitcher and catcher.

On the pitching side, 17 pitchers combined for a league-worst 5.04 ERA. Only one of those 17 had an ERA below 4.40 and that was Galen Cisco who only threw 19.1 innings with an ERA of 3.26. He did allow more walks plus HBPs than strikeouts so he wasn’t exactly dominating anyone.

Four pitchers lost at least 17 games, including Craig Anderson who only started 14 times. He did lead the team in saves with four. Jay Hook, Roger Craig, and Al Jackson started 100 games, completed 38 of them, and lost 63. Jackson pitched the team’s only four shutouts.

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