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New York Mets 10 biggest blowout victories of the 20th century

CINCINNATI - JULY 21: Third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo #13 of the New York Mets leads off first base during the MLB game against the Cincinnati Reds on July 21, 2002 at Cinergy Field in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds defeated the Mets 9-1. (Photo By Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI - JULY 21: Third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo #13 of the New York Mets leads off first base during the MLB game against the Cincinnati Reds on July 21, 2002 at Cinergy Field in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds defeated the Mets 9-1. (Photo By Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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The Mets have played more than six thousand games in the 20th century. Nearly all of them were losses or standard wins, but some were incredibly lopsided.

Throughout their history, the New York Mets have had their share of giant blowout victories. These aren’t just games where the Mets scored a lot, but a combination of scoring a lot and giving up a lot less than they score.

Here are some of the Mets biggest blowout wins between 1962 and 1999.

Number Ten: August 14th, 1979 versus Atlanta Braves.

Coming into this game, the Mets were 4-10 in 14 August games and desperately needed a win. At this point, the Mets offense was slumping and for the season their record was 49-66.

Thankfully their offense was ready to do their magic. The third batter of the game, Lee Mazzilli hit a two-run home run. In the second inning, the Mets had seven batters reach base. Before the Braves could even score their first run of the game, the Mets had already scored seven.

The Mets scored at least two runs in each of the first four innings. Unfortunately. The Mets starting pitcher, Dock Ellis was not pitching as well as the Mets were hitting. He only lasted 2.2 innings and gave up five runs on four hits.

At the time, Ellis’ ERA was 6.04 and he only made a few more starts before being traded to the Pirates. Following Ellis, the rest of the Mets pitching staff was spot on. Andy Hassler pitched 4 innings and Dale Murray pitched 2.1 innings.

The two relievers allowed a lot of runners on but did not allow any of them to score.

Hitting wise, the Mets finished the game with 17 hits, with seven players recording two or more hits. Six players drove in two or more runs. If you had to pick an MVP, it had to be Mazzilli. He went 2-5 with a home run and a triple and he scored five times.

That day, the Mets won by a score of 18-5. Hassler got the win and it was one of the Mets best games in a devastating season.

FINAL LINE: 18-3. 17 hits. 3 doubles. 1 triple. 1 home run.

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