1) 1999 Mets, 853 runs scored
Right in the heart of the Steroid Era, we find the greatest Mets offensive team of all-time. They are the 1999 Mets. With 853 runs scored, they set a new mark for the franchise. It’s one we might never see broken again.
A lot went right for the 97-win team in 1999. Even though they had to go to a 163rd game to make it to the postseason as the Wild Card squad, the season was incredibly fun. We have the offense to thank.
This roster wasn’t filled with power. Instead, they found other ways to score runs other than just home runs. That said, there were three guys on the roster with 25+ home runs and 100+ RBI.
Those three men include Mike Piazza with 40 home runs and 124 RBI, Robin Ventura with 32 home runs and 120 RBI, and Edgardo Alfonso with 27 home runs and 108 RBI. Not far behind we find John Olerud with 19 home runs and 96 RBI.
Three players—Piazza, Olerud, and Alfonzo—scored 100 runs or more. Ventura, Rickey Henderson, and Roger Cedeno were in the 80+ club in this category.
This Mets team had multiple players with some impressive batting averages. Piazza, Alfonzo, Ventura, Henderson, and Cedeno all hit over .300. Olerud, meanwhile, with a franchise-record 125 walks led the team with a .427 OBP.
The Mets stole bases—Henderson had 37 and Cedeno had 66—and knocked the cover off the ball both in the starting lineup and off the bench. In part-time roles, Benny Agbayani, Darryl Hamilton, and Todd Pratt all turned in fine performances. Even Shawon Dunston, in 97 plate appearances, contributed with a .344 batting average.
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Everything you could possibly want from an offense happened with this club. Amazingly, despite such a prolific lineup of bats, they might still be remembered most for their infield defense.