NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Mets will make their ninth postseason appearance Wednesday night when they host the San Francisco Giants in the National League wild card game. It’s just the second time the Amazins, NL champs a year ago, have reached the playoffs in consecutive years — the last coming in 1999-2000.
Here’s a look at the most memorable single-game performances in Mets playoffs history.
Tom Seaver, Oct. 15, 1969 (World Series Game 4)
In a 2-1 victory over the Orioles, “Tom Terrific” pitched all 10 innings, allowing one run and six hits while striking out six. He carried a shutout into the ninth inning before Brooks Robinson’s sacrifice fly tied the game. J.C. Martin’s pinch-hit bunt in the 10th scored Rod Gaspar and put the exclamation point on Seaver’s gem.
Jon Matlack, Oct. 7, 1973 (NLCS Game 2)
Matlack pitched a two-hit beauty to beat the Reds 5-0 at Riverfont Stadium. Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez and Johnny Bench went a combined 0-for-16.
Rusty Staub, Oct. 17, 1973 (World Series Game 4)
Staub was unbelievable, going 4-for-4 with a home run and accounting for five of the Mets’ six RBIs in the 6-1 victory over Oakland. He hit a first-inning, three-run homer off Ken Holtzman and added a two-run single in the fourth off Darold Knowles, as the Amazins tied up the series at two games apiece.
Gary Carter, Oct. 22, 1986 (World Series Game 4)
“The Kid” was The Man in helping the Mets tie up the Fall Classic 2-2. Carter hit a fourth-inning, two-run bomb off Al Nipper and then hit a solo blast off Steve Crawford — both over Fenway Park’s green monster. Carter finished 3-for-4 in the 6-2 win.
Bobby Jones, Oct. 8, 2000 (NLDS Game 4)
Jones tossed a one-hitter as the Mets closed out the series against the Giants with a 4-0 victory. The right-hander was perfect in every inning but the fifth, when he allowed a double to former teammate Jeff Kent and walked two.
Mike Hampton, Oct. 16, 2000 (NLCS Game 5)
Talk about coming up big in a big spot. Hampton took the mound with a chance to help the Mets win their first pennant in 14 years, and he delivered a masterpiece, tossing a three-hitter in a 7-0 win over the Cardinals at Shea Stadium.
Daniel Murphy, Oct. 21, 2015 (NLCS Game 4)
In a postseason full of memorable moments from Daniel Murphy, this was his best game. The second baseman was 4-for-5 with a double and a home run — becoming the first player ever to homer in six consecutive playoff games. Murphy had two RBIs and two runs scored in the pennant-clinching, 8-3 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.