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New York Mets: The biggest home runs in franchise history

By Michael Carballeira
9 Oct 1999: Catcher Todd Pratt #7 of the New York Mets celebrates with teammates after hitting the game winning home run in the 10 inning during Game Four of the National Lesgue Division Series against the Arizona DiamondBacks at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. The Mets defeated the DiamondBacks 4-3Mandatory Credit: Al Bello /Allsport
9 Oct 1999: Catcher Todd Pratt #7 of the New York Mets celebrates with teammates after hitting the game winning home run in the 10 inning during Game Four of the National Lesgue Division Series against the Arizona DiamondBacks at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. The Mets defeated the DiamondBacks 4-3Mandatory Credit: Al Bello /Allsport /
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1989: Lenny Dykstra of the New York Mets swings at the pitch during a game in the 1989 season. ( Photo by: Getty Images/Getty Images) /

Nails puts a nail in the coffin

The 1986 NLCS between the Houston Astros and the New York Mets goes down as one of the greatest postseason series of all time. It was a six-game series where the final two games went to extra innings and four of the six games were decided by one run.

Right now we are going to focus on Game 3 at Shea Stadium. The series just shifted to New York after the Mets and Astros split the first two games. Game 3 was pivotal for both teams as neither could afford to be down 2-1 in the series.

The Astros struck early off Ron Darling by scoring four runs in the first two innings. Darling was able to keep poised and threw three scoreless after that and the Mets began their come back when they tallied four runs in the sixth inning.

Houstons answered quickly though in the next half inning after a Ray Knight error and held that lead going into the bottom of the ninth. Wally Backman started the ninth with a bunt and beat it out even after replay showed Backman ran out of the baseline but the umpires missed the call. After the next batter flew out Lenny Dykstra stood up to the plate being the winning run.

Dykstra hit a high fly ball to right field and walked it off with a two-run home run and the Mets won Game 3.

This at-bat goes down as one of the biggest hits in Mets history as this helped the Mets defeat the Astros four games to two sending them to the World Series. As we all know the Mets went on to beat the Red Sox in an amazing seven-game series to capture their 2nd world series and Lenny Dykstra was a huge part to this teams success.

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