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Apr 13, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; General view as the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies stand for the national anthem before an opening day game at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the Phillies 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 13, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; General view as the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies stand for the national anthem before an opening day game at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the Phillies 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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2014 – Let’s win 90
Final Score: Nationals 9, Mets 7
Attendance: 42,442

In the offseason, Sandy Alderson made his first major free agent acquisition as Met General Manager, signing Curtis Granderson to a four-year deal. He also sorta, maybe, kinda implied that the Mets would win 90 games in 2014. I mean, he didn’t really, but that’s how the media portrayed it. Coming off back-to-back 74-win seasons, the sentiment hardly instilled confidence in a growingly jaded fanbase.

The Lineup:

  1. 2B Eric Young Jr.
  2. CF Juan Lagares
  3. 3B David Wright
  4. RF Curtis Granderson
  5. LF Andrew Brown
  6. 1B Ike Davis
  7. C Travis d’Arnaud
  8. SS Ruben Tejada
  9. P Dillon Gee

The Dillon Gee vs. Steven Strasburg showdown was probably the most lopsided Opening Day matchup out there. But this was Opening Day! Anything was possible!

The joy wouldn’t last that long. Despite home runs off future friends Tyler Clippard and Jerry Blevins, the Mets blew a 9th inning lead after having Washington down to their last out with Bobby Parnell on the mound. This was the only inning Parnell would pitch in 2014. But things were looking up. Lucas Duda emerged as a prominent middle-of-the-order bat. Jacob deGrom came from nowhere and captured the National League Rookie of the Year Award. Travis d’Arnaud enjoyed a torrid stretch run. They didn’t quite hit 90 wins, but they continued to inch toward .500.

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