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New York Mets: Top 10 seasons by position players in the 2010s

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: David Wright #5 of the New York Mets in action against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on September 20, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: David Wright #5 of the New York Mets in action against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on September 20, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 10: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets throws his bat after hitting a solo home run in the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The New York Mets didn’t experience much success in the 2010s. However, these position players delivered top-ten worthy performances.

The 2010s are over for the New York Mets. The decade included two trips to the postseason, one appearance in the World Series, and plenty of seasons below .500. It was a decade of building with a quick fall soon after getting near the top.

The decade was mostly defined by the team’s pitching, often featuring some talented homegrown starters. We saw the rise of Jacob deGrom and got to enjoy some of the final years of Bartolo Colon.

Beyond the pitching, we also saw some notable hitters call Citi Field home. Although the ballpark was at times a little too unkind to bats, these ten individual seasons by Mets position players were worthy of making it onto our list of the top ten offensive seasons of the 2010s.

10) Yoenis Cespedes in 2015

At number ten, we have an abbreviated season. I don’t think there has ever been a player who had as much of an impact in such a short period of time for the Mets as Yoenis Cespedes did in 2015. Once acquired, the team took off thanks in large part to his big fat bat.

Cespedes played in 57 games for the Mets down the stretch in their magical 2015 campaign. His numbers included 17 home runs, 44 RBI, and a .287/.337/.604 batting line.

Above all else, Cespedes was clutch. Knowing the middle of the order contained him made opponents pitch much more carefully to those around Yo in the lineup.

If not for this trade deadline deal, there’s no doubt the Mets would have faded out down the stretch in the late summer. Instead, he helped make the team better. Seeing this, other players responded as well.

9) Daniel Murphy in 2015

I’m giving Daniel Murphy’s 2015 campaign the number nine spot over Cespedes for two reasons. He spent the whole year with the club and I can’t ignore what he did in the postseason.

Arguably Murphy’s best year with the Mets came at exactly the right time. In a season where the offense looked stifled, he came through.

Regular season numbers in 130 games include 14 home runs and 38 doubles. His .281 batting average also played an important role in carrying the offense.

Everything changed in the postseason. Murphy hit .333 against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS while smashing three home runs. In the NLCS, he turned it up a few notches. Versus the Chicago Cubs, we watched him hit four home runs and with a .529 batting average. It was a postseason for the ages. Combined with his regular season, it’s one of the best years out of a Mets position player all decade long.

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