The Mets opened the 2016 season with a very strong April that saw the team go 15-7. Mets starting pitchers finished third in all of baseball in adjusted ERA and first in adjusted FIP. Mets hitters were nearly as good, finishing fourth in the National League in wRC+.
The Mets' one major weakness so far has been their defense. In the first month of the season, the Mets ranked second to last in all of baseball in defensive runs saved (DRS) and dead last in ultimate zone rating (UZR). For this week's Mind Boggler, we're asking you to name the best defensive seasons in Mets history, measured by total zone runs (TZ).
While DRS and UZR are more reliable defensive metrics than TZ, they are relatively new stats that do not measure players' performance prior to 2002. TZ is a good, but not great, defensive metric that relies on play-by-play data, and its results are presented as runs saved.
You'll notice that Juan Lagares is surprisingly not on this list. While Lagares posted great TZ numbers in each of the last two years, he did not reach the 13 required to make cut here—an omission that, despite TZ's value, illustrates its limitations.
You'll have four minutes for this quiz. Good luck, and remember to post your time and score in the comments!