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BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: The World Series trophy is hoisted in the air during the 2018 World Series victory parade for the Boston Red Sox on October 31, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: The World Series trophy is hoisted in the air during the 2018 World Series victory parade for the Boston Red Sox on October 31, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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FLUSHING, NY – JULY: Ray Knight #22 of the New York Mets runs the baseline during a July game at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

2 – 1985

The 1985 Mets were gunning hard for a playoff spot. The franchise’s last trip to the postseason took place more than a decade earlier when they lost in the 1973 World Series. Though this squad came up short of even making it to game 163, they were a notable bunch that provided fans with plenty of hope.

Their 98 regular season wins is the most by any Mets team that didn’t make the postseason. Falling short by 3 games in the National League East, they would have to wait another year before making it there—and fortunately going all the way.

Pitching carried the team, but they also got some big offensive seasons. Gary Carter led the team in both home runs (32) and RBI (100). Keith Hernandez and Darryl Strawberry also had tremendous years at the plate. Even George Foster was a productive player for the Metropolitans.

Things were coming together well for this team. A look at their offensive production and we see a squad with depth. Like many teams in the 1980s, speed was also a weapon. Three players stole more than 20 bases with second baseman Wally Backman leading the way with 30.

Easily the biggest storyline of all from any individual player was the legendary performance on the mound from Dwight Gooden. The National League’s Cy Young winner went 24-4 with a 1.53 ERA. He was the captain of an elite pitching staff which included 16-game winner Ron Darling as its number two.

Over in the bullpen, Roger McDowell and Jesse Orosco each saved 17 games and finished with ERAs below 3.00. Just about everything was clicking well for this ball club. All they had to do was wait patiently for one more year and get their shot at a parade.

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