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New York Mets: Top 10 teams to never win a World Series

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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Jun 1988: Bob Ojeda of the New York Mets is restrained by teammates Don Zimmer and Ron Darling in a fight during a game with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport

1 – 1988

Two years after winning it all, the 1988 Mets looked ready to do the same. For only the third time in franchise history, the team won 100 or more games. Unfortunately, this was the only time a Mets team would reach triple digits and fail to capture the ultimate reward.

The 1988 squad was quite different from the one in 1986. Gary Carter and Keith Hernandez were much closer to the end. However, Howard Johnson and Kevin McReynolds had each stepped up as powerful forces in the lineup. Further aid came from Darryl Strawberry who smashed 39 home runs and drove in 101 on the year.

The pitching staff was mostly the same with David Cone now present. Cone won 20 games and posted a 2.22 ERA. Ron Darling’s 3.25 ERA was the worst of any of the starters. When we dive deeper into the bullpen, we also see the success delivered from Randy Myers and Roger McDowell who each saved a bunch of games for the Mets.

Much like they did in 2006, this Mets team came a single game away from making it to the World Series. In the NLCS versus the Los Angeles Dodgers, they managed to take the series to seven. An off-day from Darling and a terrific one from Dodgers starter Orel Hershiser ended this game quite early.

By the end of the second inning, the Mets trailed 6-0. This score held as Hershiser went the distance.

Perhaps most painful of all, the Dodgers had only one extra-base hit. They weren’t bashing away at the Mets. They managed to take whatever they could get.

After this loss, the Mets didn’t return to the postseason again until 1999. The 1988 squad signaled the end of a possible dynasty. For many, the team remains the best to never win a World Series.

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