Being a fan of the New York Mets isn’t always easy. Supporters are usually saddled with narratives about how the New York Yankees are a more successful franchise. The Mets have been viewed with skepticism and negativity for a lot of their history.
However, there have been uplifting moments for the franchise. It’s possible that the Mets may be in one of those windows right now, as the baseball betting odds for them ahead of the 2023 season are pretty favorable.
Until New York qualifies for its next World Series, let’s look back at the last three times the franchise made the Fall Classic.
1986 Mets: “It gets through Buckner, and the Mets win!”
This was the last time the franchise won the World Series. The 1986 team was a force to be reckoned with, as the team stormed through the regular season without much resistance. Their lineup was anchored by franchise favorites Keith Hernandez, Darryl Strawberry and Gary Carter. Their pitching staff was led by neophyte hurler Dwight Gooden.
The team had a flair and personality to them that ranks right up there with any championship team in MLB history. They weren’t just dominating the competition; their confidence and swagger was evident during every at bat and pitch.
The Mets faced some stiff competition in the 1986 postseason, but were able to get by a loaded Houston Astros team in the National League Championship Series, and by a similarly stacked Boston Red Sox squad in the World Series.
New York found themselves down three games to two against Boston, but rallied back for an iconic Game 6 victory, and clinched the title in Game 7.
Hernandez and pitcher Ron Darling have remained a part of Mets fans lives since then, serving as color analysts on team broadcasts.
2000 Mets: The Subway Series Disappointment
Although the Mets didn’t win the 2000 World Series, it was a remarkable one for a few different reasons. The Mets would square off against the Yankees in a crosstown showdown that would leave New York as champions regardless of who came out victorious.
Catcher Mike Piazza was the star of that season for the Mets, clubbing 38 home runs and driving in 113 runs. The Yankees were able to keep him in check during the World Series, which was a big reason why they won it all that year.
Game 1 was especially dramatic, as the team’s scratched and clawed for runs in a contest that would set the tone for the series.
2015 Mets: Murphy’s Great Rampage
The last time the Mets made the World Series was in 2015. Followers of the team didn’t expect much from New York during the first part of the campaign, as their offense struggled mightily to generate runs.
However, the team started to put it all together in late July, bolstered by a mid-season trade for slugger Yoenis Cespedes. Their newfound offensive punch, coupled with their young power pitching, gave New York the fuel it needed to make a run.
Daniel Murphy had a scorching hot playoff run, and New York qualified for the championship. They ended up losing to the Kansas City Royals, but it was a ride Mets fans would never forget.