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Mets at the Midpoint

The 2009 Mets are 39-42 through their first 81 games. They're halfway home.

* The only other Mets team to start 39-42: The 1980 Mets. (final record 67-95)

* The 2008 Mets were 1 game better (40-41). That's ok. These Mets are used to being 1 game behind.

* The 39 is almost halfway between the best (56 in 1986) and worst (23 in 1962, 1964) midpoint win totals in Mets history.

* The 1973 Mets started 35-46. They won the NL East and got to Game 7 of the World Series.

* Of the Mets teams with 39 wins or less at the season's midpoint, the only ones to finish with a winning record were the 1973 and 2001 teams.

* The 1969 Mets fared best over their final 81 games, going 53-28, one win better than the 1985 and 1986 teams.

* To get to 90 wins, the current Mets need to go 51-30 (a 102-win pace). Only 4 Mets teams have played at that pace over the second half of the season- the previously mentioned 1969, 1985, and 1986 teams, and the 1999 squad.

* To get to 90 losses, the current Mets need to go 33-48 (a 66-win pace) in their final 81 games. The Mets have done that, or worse, 14 times previously.

* The best 81-game stretch that the Mets have ever played was in 1986. From April 18-July 18, they went 58-23 (you get the same W-L if you make it April 14-July 17, but I'm simplifying).

* In summary:

Best Records at Midpoint
Mets History

56-25 in 1986
52-29 in 1988
48-33 in 2006
48-33 in 1990
47-34 in 1969, 1972, 1984, and 1991

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