It’s tough to find many memorable moments in recent Mets history. But there have been some pretty elite seasons.
It’s a shame that all of the performances you are about to read happened in seasons that ended, in typical Mets style, in pretty heartbreaking fashion.
But even though it’s the Mets, they have had some bright spots of positivity over the last two decades.
Here are the five best offensive WAR seasons posted by Mets players in the 21st century.
David Wright, 2007, 7.2 WAR
2007 was without a doubt Wright’s best season. He set career-highs in batting average (.325), on-base percentage (.416), and slugging percentage (.546), while his 30 home runs were the second-most of his career. His 107 RBI were the third-most he ever drove in.
It was Wright’s best finish in the National League Most Valuable Player Award voting — he came in fourth, behind Jimmy Rollins, Matt Holliday, and Prince Fielder.
Of course, the 2007 season is known for the Mets blowing a seven game lead to the Phillies with 17 games to go, but Wright solidified himself as one of the game’s best players that year.
His 7.2 oWAR was tied for the second-best in baseball along with Chipper Jones and Hanley Ramirez. Alex Rodriguez led al of baseball with a 9.5.
What makes Wright’s season more impressive is his slow start to the year.
In his first 30 games, he slashed just .239/.341/.350, with just two homers and 11 RBI.
His slash line in his final 130 games was .345/.434/.593.
His average, on-base percentage, and OPS in that span were the fifth-best in all of baseball, while his slugging percentage was ninth.