The Top 10 Worst Scoring Mets Teams Since 1980

An article by posted on November 29, 2013

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To follow up the 10 best offensive clubs since the 80s, it’s only fitting to list the 10 lease offensive (or depending on the context – the most offensive) teams since 1980.  While we are not too far removed from the Times-O-Plenty, we’ve recently been mired in Several Seasons of Drought.

The 10 Worst Scoring Mets Teams since 1980

1.      1981 – 547 runs – 3.38 runs per game

2.      1983 – 575 runs – 3.55

3.      1992 – 599 runs – 3.70

4.      1982 – 609 runs – 3.76

5.      1980 – 611 runs – 3.77

6.      2013 – 619 runs – 3.82

7.      1991 – 640 runs – 3.98

8.      2003 – 642 runs – 3.96

9.      2001 – 642 runs – 3.96

10.    2012 – 650 runs – 4.01

*In the strike shortened season of 1981, the Mets played 103 games and scored 348 runs.  The 547 figure is prorated over a 162 game season.

From 1980-1983 (and quite frankly, before that at the end of the 1970s), the Mets were awful.  The Mets of the “Worst Team Money Could Buy” era of 1991-1992 was bad.  2001 and 2003 were bleak (although interestingly enough, 2001 was right on the tail of two of the team’s best offensive seasons).  Oh… the 2012-2013 seasons were right up there, too.

So who were the primary starters on these forgettable offenses?

1980-1983:

C – Alex Trevino / John Stearns / Ron Hodges

1B – Lee Mazzilli / Dave Kingman / Keith Hernandez

2B – Doug Flynn / Wally Backman / Brian Giles

SS – Frank Taveras / Ron Gardenhire / Jose Oquendo

3B – Elliott Maddox / Hubie Brooks

OF – Steve Henderson / Lee Mazzilli / George Foster

OF – Jerry Morales / Mookie Wilson

OF – Joel Youngblood / Ellis Valentine / Darryl Strawberry

1991-1992:

C – Rick Cerone / Todd Hundley

1B – Dave Magadan / Eddie Murray

2B – Gregg Jefferies / Willie Randolph

SS – Kevin Elster / Dick Schofield

3B – Howard Johnson / Dave Magadan

OF – Kevin McReynolds / Daryl Boston

OF – Vince Coleman / Howard Johnson

OF – Hubie Brooks / Bobby Bonilla

2001, 2003:

C – Mike Piazza / Vance Wilson

1B – Todd Zeile / Jason Phillips

2B – Edgardo Alfonzo / Roberto Alomar

SS – Rey Ordonez / Jose Reyes

3B – Robin Ventura / Ty Wigginton

OF – Benny Agbayani / Cliff Floyd

OF – Jay Payton / Timo Perez

OF – Tsuyoshi Shinjo / Roger Cedeno

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And finally, the most recently forgettable 2012-2013* squads:

C – Josh Thole / John Buck

1B – Ike Davis

2B – Daniel Murphy

SS – Ruben Tejada / Omar Quintanilla

3B – David Wright

OF – Scott Hairston / Eric Young

OF – Andres Torres / Juan Lagares

OF – Lucas Duda / Marlon Byrd

*Lucas Duda made 89 starts in 2013 (58 in the Outfield, 31 at 1B)

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Roger is a lifelong Mets fan since 1981, now married with kids and still knows that there is no such thing as a bad day at the ballpark with your child. Growing up, he wanted to be either the Second Baseman for the Mets - or their statistician. Follow him at @BigMetsFan1. email him at metsfanontwitter@aol.com

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