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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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25 Oct 2000: Mike Piazza #31 of the New York Mets celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run during Game 4 of the 2000 World Series against the New York Yankees at Shea Stadium in New York, New York. The Yankees defeated the Mets 3-2.Mandatory Credit: Al Bello /Allsport

5 – 2000

Can you still feel the heartbreak? In 2000, the Mets went to the World Series as the National League Wild Card representative. After taking down the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals, they faced off against the New York Yankees in the championship.

Unfortunately, the Bronx Bombers won in five games. This made the 2000 ball club as one of the best to never win it all.

The 94 regular season wins came with a mix of good pitching and hitting. Al Leiter led the team in wins with 16. His 3.20 ERA was fantastic, especially for the era when many pitchers were surrendering long home runs to sluggers with beach ball-sized heads. Mike Hampton’s one year with the Mets was also a success. He went 15-10 with a 3.14 ERA.

Mets starters were effective in 2000. Along with Leiter and Hampton, Glendon Rusch, Rick Reed, and Bobby Jones managed to find wins. Each won 11 games with Rusch and Reed posting respectable ERAs of 4.01 and 4.11.

Over in the bullpen, Armando Benitez and his 41 saves stand out as the greatest achievement. The Mets leaned heavily on their starters this year with a rather lackluster bullpen lacking depth.

Fortunately, the offense was elite-level. Mike Piazza crushed 38 home runs and finished the year with 113 RBI. The “do anything” Edgardo Alfonzo put together an awesome season, too. He slashed .324/.425/.542 and managed to smack 25 home runs and drive in 94.

The Mets outfield, which often included Benny Agbayani, Derek Bell, and Jay Payton also performed well. All of them had 15-18 home runs and 60-69 RBI by season’s end.

Far from perfect, this Mets squad had a good mix of veterans and players peaking at the right time. We saw Lenny Harris come up with big at-bats. Todd Pratt excelled in his role as the backup catcher. Todd Zeile and Robin Ventura gave the team power and run production at the corner infield spots.

This was a Mets team that perfectly represented the era. And as we all remember, it ended with a whimper like far too many seasons before and since.

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