By Daniel Friedman
» More Columns
Chris Heston’s no-hitter on Tuesday night was the seventh thrown against the Mets in their 53-year history.
On that (depressing) note, we’ll take a look each of them in chronological order:
1. Sandy Koufax, L.A. Dodgers (1962)
The ’62 Mets are noteworthy for having one of the worst records in MLB history, which perhaps takes a bit of a bite out of what Koufax accomplished against them. Nevertheless, he was brilliant, striking out 13 batters in a 5-0 win over the expansion Metropolitans at Dodger Stadium.
2. Jim Bunning, Philadelphia Phillies (1964)
Two years later, the Mets found themselves the victims of yet another epic pitching performance. Bunning threw a perfect game on Father’s Day in 1964, as the Phillies defeated New York 6-0 at Shea. He recorded 10 strikeouts and required just 90 pitches (79 of which were strikes) to get through the contest. Talk about efficiency.
3. Bob Moose, Pittsburgh Pirates (1969)
Though their ’69 season would end with a World Series title, this game was disaster for the Mets. Moose struck out six and walked three, but held his opponents hitless. The Pirates won on the road at Shea Stadium, 4-0.
4. Bill Stoneman, Montreal Expos (1972)
Stoneman was nearly his own worst enemy in this game, walking seven batters and recording an error, but he struck out nine and ultimately held off the Mets. The Expos emerged victorious at Jarry Park, 7-0.
5. Ed Halicki, San Francisco Giants (1975)
After taking Game 1 of a doubleheader in decisive fashion, the Mets were slowed to a crawl in the nightcap. Halicki struck out 10 batters, walking two. A Rusty Staub line drive wound up being ruled an error, keeping Halicki’s no-hit bid alive. He pulled it off, and the Giants won 6-0 at Candlestick Park.
6. Darryl Kile, Houston Astros (1993)
Kile, whose life was tragically cut short in 2002, pitched a rare type of no-hitter against the Mets at The Astrodome. The visitors actually scored a run, due to a walk and a subsequent defensive error. It was the only walk of the contest for Kile, who struck out nine. The Astros won, 7-1.
7. Chris Heston, San Francisco Giants (2015)
The Mets’ batting woes have been known for quite some time, but nobody exposed them quite like Heston did on Tuesday night. The Giants rookie struck out 11 batters and didn’t allow a single hit, sealing a 5-0 victory over the Metropolitans at Citi Field. He did plunk three Mets batters, but was otherwise sharp. Heston also recorded two RBIs, helping his own cause.