I wondered who would win in a Best-Of-Seven World Series: the 1969 Mets or the 1986 Mets. I decided to play this series out in my head.
Home Field Advantage was decided by a coin-toss.
Without further delay…..
GAME ONE (1986 Shea)
Tom Seaver vs Dwight Gooden
Game One started off with two of the all time great Met pitchers matching zeros through the first 4 innings. In the top of the 5th, Gooden gives up a lead-off double to Tommie Agee. Wayne Garrett strikes out swinging. Cleon Jones comes up to bat a hits a line drive past the thrid base bag. Agee scores after Mookie Wilson comes up firing, holding Jones to a single. The game continued to be 1-0 until the bottom of the 8th. With the heart of the lineup leading off, Keith Hernandez draws a walk. The next batter is Darryl Strawberry. The Seaver fastball on a 1-1 count is driven deep over the right field wall. 2-1 is the score now, and Davey Johnson brings in his Righty Specialist Closer Roger McDowell to face the 6,7,8 in the ’69 order. After Donn Clendenon flys out to Lenny Dykstra, McDowell walks Jerry Grote on five pitches. Bud Harrelson strikes out, and with two outs in a 2-1 ball game, Gil Hodges decides to pinch hit for Seaver with Ed Kranepool. McDowell hangs a 3-2 slider and Kranepool rockets one to left field. Mookie chases it back, but to no avail. 3-2 game in the bottom of the 9th. Tug McGraw comes in an gets the 86’ers in order.
Winner: 1969 Mets (3-2)
Winning Pitcher: Tom Seaver
Losing Pitcher: Roger McDowell
Save: Tug McGraw
HR: 1969: Kranepool- 9th inning off McDowell (1)
1986: Strawberry- 8th inning off Seaver (1)
Written By Matt Grasso