With 2013 drawing to a close, I thought it may be a good time to look at the season that was for the Mets. I’m going to pick a highlight from each month of the season. Please share some of your favorites.
April: The opening day win against San Diego was nice, featuring a grand slam by Collin Cowgill. However, my choice for April is the game on the 24th, when Matt Harvey struck out 7 Dodgers over 6 innings, and the game was tied at 3 in the bottom of the 10th. Jordanny Valdespin came to the plate, and he was” the man right now”.
May: May was not a particularly good month for the Mets, featuring a 6-game losing streak. However, the Yankees came to Citi for 2 games beginning on Memorial Day. The Mets won the holiday game, on the strength of the strong pitching of Jon Niese and timely hitting by David Wright and Daniel Murphy. The next game, on the 27th, was a Harvey special. The ace pitched 8 innings and struck out 10, but the Mets trailed by the score of 1-0 in the bottom of the 9th. A double by Murphy and a single by Wright tied the game off of Mariano Rivera, and then Lucas Duda did his part.
June: June 18th was a very important day for the Mets. They played a double-header in Atlanta, with Harvey starting game 1 and Zack Wheeler making his debut in game 2. The Mets swept the Braves, and that night acquired Eric Young, Jr. for Collin McHugh. Young would go on to be the team’s lead-off hitter and lead the league in stolen bases. In the process of sweeping the double-header, Anthony Recker did this in the nightcap, giving Wheeler a chance at the win.
July: On July 10th, the Mets completed a sweep of the Giants in San Francisco. Zack Wheeler pitched 7 innings, allowing 1 run and striking out 5. The Mets had contributions from virtually everyone in the lineup, including this from Marlon Byrd.
Also in July, the Mets hosted the All-Star Game at Citi Field. With Matt Harvey and David Wright in the NL’s starting lineup, Mets fans were treated to quite a mid-summer spectacular in their home park.
August: On August 7th, it was that man again. Matt Harvey threw his best game of the season, going the distance against the Rockies, striking out 6 and walking none in a 4-hit shutout. The Mets won the game by the score of 5-0, and would complete a 3-game sweep of the Rockies the next day. Harvey had this to say after the game.
September: On September 29th, the Mets closed 2013 with a win over the Brewers at Citi. That day the Mets also enshrined Mike Piazza in the team’s Hall of Fame. The honor bestowed upon Piazza was well-deserved and long overdue for the best offensive catcher in the history of baseball. The home video below captures the true energy and excitement in the ballpark that day, as the fans had a chance to salute one of the best players to ever don a Mets’ uniform.
These are a few of the moments that stood out to me. Once again, please share your Mets memories from 2013. Most importantly, best wishes for a safe, healthy, and Happy New Year!