NY Mets: 5 all-time worst offenses in franchise history
By Nick Porr
1) Worst Mets offense of all-time: 1968
We all remember the 1969 Amazin’s. The underdog team that took the world by storm, coming out of nowhere to win 100 games and go on to take the franchise’s first World Series.
What made the team so special was how unexpectedly well they played, especially when looking at the standards set by the offense season prior.
With a 73-89-1 record, New York finished 9th in the NL, managing to avoid last place in the League. Despite the record being their all-time best at the time, the hitting was the worst the franchise has ever seen.
With Queens’ former star hitter Tommy Hunter now in Chicago following the end of the ’67 season, the batting order was even weaker than it already was.
The 1968 Mets hold the franchise-worst average of runs per game (2.90 R/G), and their 7.38 strikeouts per nine innings are the worst in the franchise outside of the 2012-2021 seasons which have featured a massive increase in Ks.
The team also has the second-worst on-base percentage and lowest OPS of any team that the Queens squad has ever fielded.
All was not lost however, as ’68 roster had one of the best pitching rotations the franchise has ever seen, keeping the team afloat.
Although, stop me if you’ve heard this one before, their offense failed to back them up.
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The ’68 Mets famously had Tom Seaver as their ace, and a dangerous rotation of Jerry Koosman, Don Cardwell, Dick Selma, and Nolan Ryan. Ryan had the worst ERA of the four, still throwing a 3.08 ERA and a team-high 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings in his first full season in the MLB.