3) 1987 Mets, 823 runs scored
Now we’re going back a little further before some of you were born. Much to my surprise, the 1987 Mets have the third-most runs scored in any season.
Sandwiched between the 1986 team and the success of the 1988 squad, we have a season a little lighter on pitching but plenty heavy on hitting.
You could probably guess who led the team in RBI. If you said Darryl Strawberry, pat yourself on the back. His 104 RBI, 39 home runs, and 108 runs scored all led the way for the Mets. All he was missing was the batting average for a team Triple Crown. However, at .284, it was an impressive performance out of one of the greatest sluggers in team history.
Strawberry got help from a new source. Howard Johnson had a breakout season as the club’s starting third baseman. He rocketed 36 home runs and drove in 99 all while stealing 32 bases. Together with Strawberry, the pair each managed to have a 30/30 campaign.
The Mets had one other guy reach the 90+ RBI plateau. Newcomer Kevin McReynolds showed up as the team’s left fielder ready to play. He logged 95 RBI while blasting 29 home runs of his own.
Along with those three, the Mets got 20 home runs and 83 RBI from Gary Carter, 19 home runs and 89 RBI from Keith Hernandez, and a good combination of offense out of Lenny Dykstra and Mookie Wilson platooning in center field.
Maybe the most surprising number of all came from Tim Teufel. In 351 plate appearances, Teufel hit .308 with 14 home runs and 61 RBI. He easily outplayed Wally Backman and Rafael Santana this season, the two primary middle infielders on the roster.
Finally, I would like to note that the Mets had .300+ seasons out of Dave Magadan and Lee Mazzilli off the bench. Put it all together and we get another great offense from the Amazins.