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#5 Mets reach the postseason 1973

The memorable slogan of “You Gotta Believe!” has echoed throughout Mets history. The true character of the 1973 Mets team resonates in this quote. They were a team that refused to quit, even being in fourth place and five games below the Mendoza line, as late as September 11.

They were trailing the Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Expos, and St. Louis Cardinals and needed many victories in a rapid pace to qualify for the postseason. The dominance of their rotation carried them.

Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, and John Matlack made their opponents look completely futile. McGraw’s buoyant attitude was the perfect complement to his pitching style, which exuded the same exact qualities. His presence in the bullpen during that run was unparalleled throughout the league.

This cast of playoff hopefuls was methodically dispensed one by one. A Shea Stadium three-game series sweep of the Pirates propelled the Mets to an even 77-77 record and a grasp on first place. They never ceded that lead and pulled off an incredible feat. They navigated their way through the murky waters of a dense division in September.

This 1973 season is so very memorable among Mets fans because they lasted all the way to the final game of the season. The underdog Mets forced the dominant Athletics to a seventh and deciding game but ultimately failed. However, the September excellence will always be a highly thought of moment in their history.