The baseball gods give the New York Mets some mercy with an early end to the simulation of the 1994 season.
The year is 1994 and the hearts of young baseball fans are about to get broken. The virtual New York Mets may not get to finish their season. There’s a Player’s Strike looming and the possibility of a year with no World Series at all seems likely.
In the first year of baseball with three divisions in each league, the virtual Mets may not get the chance to make up for a few down years. Although I cannot say for sure that we’ll see a shortened season, this simulation has been pretty accurate to the number of games played.
Right before we jump into things, let’s remember how past Mets season have gone:
1970: 101-61 (NLCS loss 3-2)
1971: 100-62 (World Series Champions)
1985: 98-64 (NLCS loss 4-3)
1987: 95-67 (NLCS loss 4-3)
1988: 99-63 (World Series Champions)
1989: 110-52 (World Series loss 4-1)
1990: 103-59 (World Series loss 4-0)
Does this season even matter? Will we remember anything at all that happens with the 1994 Mets?
The preseason predictions have the Mets going 45-68 which is a good indication that they will, indeed, miss the playoffs along with the other 27 teams currently in the league.
Bret Saberhagen is the lone man listed on one of the top ten lists with an expected record of 12-10 and 2.63 ERA. I’ll be paying close attention to how many batters he walks as the year was quite historic for him in real life.
The club finished 13-17 in the preseason, 9 games behind the Atlanta Braves who seemed to run away with the division. Much like 2020, it could be the most important standings we see.
Regular Season Results
The Mets failed to surpass even the already low expectations for the 1994 season. They wrapped up the first half with a 35-52 record which put them 17 games out of first place.
The second half of the season didn’t last all that long. At 43-70 and 27.5 games out of first place, the Mets were spared from an even worse year.
In this simulation, the playoffs were played in August and we can make up a story as to what happened in the labor negotiations. Regardless of what your tall tale tells, the Mets had a rough shortened campaign.
Despite a rough first half and not much offense, the Mets sent a pair of position players to the All-Star Game. David Segui and Jeff Kent both went to the Midsummer Classic to represent the orange and blue.
Segui struck out in his lone at-bat while Kent managed to score a pair of runs. He managed to reach base via a walk and a single.
And this concludes our list of honors for the 1994 Mets. Yep. It’s a short one.
Notable Individual Statistics
Bret Saberhagen wasn’t nearly as awesome at preventing walks as he was in real life which left few other notable statistics to mention.
David Segui did hit .318 in this shortened season and the club had some good overall power numbers up and down the lineup. Bobby Bonilla and Jeromy Burnitz led the team with 17 dingers with Todd Hundley right behind at 15.
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In a shortened season without much winning, there was very little to report. In 1995, we’ll get a few more games and perhaps a little more winning.