The Mets acquired utility player Jerry Buchek from the St. Louis Cardinals on April 1, 1967 along with Ed Bressoud and Danny Napoleon in exchange for Art Mahaffey and Tony Martinez. He made his Mets debut on April 11, 1967, Opening Day, as there starting 2nd baseman. He went 0 for 2 with a walk in the Mets 6-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He would go on to appear in 124 games for the Mets in 1967, mostly at 2nd base but also seeing time at shortstop and 3rd base. He hit .236 with 14 home runs and 41 RBIs.
His first hit as a Met was a 2-run home run in the Mets 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 13. Some other highlights of his 1967 season included a 9th inning 2 out pinch-hit home run on July 9th to tie the game against the Atlanta Braves. A game the Mets would go on to win 5-4. He hit two home runs in the Mets 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on September 2nd. He also hit two three run home runs on the September 22 to propel the Mets to a 8-5 victory over the Houston Astros. However, Buchek did lead the Mets in strikeouts with a 101 in 1967.
Buchek returned to the Mets in 1968 but saw less playing time appearing in just 73 games. Splitting time between the infield and outfield he hit just .182 with one home run and 11 RBIs. His only home run was a 3-run shot in the Mets 7-3 win over the San Francisco Giants on June 14th.
Following the season, he was traded back to the St. Louis Cardinals and eventually to the Philadelphia Phillies. But his 1968 season would be his last in the majors. In two seasons with the Mets Buchek appeared in 197 games and batted .219 with 15 home runs and 52 RBIs.
While with the Mets Buchek wore number 1.
Jerry Buchek also played for the St, Louis Cardinals in 1961 and from 1963 to 1966.