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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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New York Mets David Wright greeting Jose Reyes at home plate after scoring on home run by Carlos Delgado during game 2 of the MLB National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals played at Shea Stadium in Flushing, N.Y. Cardinals defeated the Mets 9 – 6 on October 13, 2006. (Photo by Bryan Yablonsky/Getty Images)

4 – 2006

You don’t get much closer to the World Series than the 2006 Mets. After sweeping the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS, the Mets went to Game Seven of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals. What looked like the potential beginning of several playoff runs ended with Carlos Beltran at the plate and his bat famously left on his shoulder.

Before this horrible ending, the Mets gave us a fantastic 97-win regular season. The offense featured powerful seasons from Beltran and Carlos Delgado who combined to slug 79 home runs and drive in 240. David Wright had his own amazing year, smashing 26 dingers and finishing the season with 116 RBI.

Many Mets players had unexpectedly awesome seasons in 2006. Paul Lo Duca put together one of the last productive offensive seasons by a Mets catcher we would see for a long time. Veterans like Jose Valentin and Cliff Floyd hit well. Even a 47-year-old Julio Franco hit .273 in a part-time role.

One of the standout statistics from the position players, Jose Reyes swiped 64 bases. The kid officially arrived and was about to embark on a Mets career we never saw from a shortstop.

On the mound, the Mets didn’t get nearly the same production. Among starting pitchers who made 15 or more starts, John Maine’s 3.60 ERA was the lowest. It was a rotation made up of mostly veterans including a 40-year-old Tom Glavine who led the team with 15 wins. Both he and fellow future Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez underperformed but managed to survive thanks to the bats.

The bullpen results were different from what the starting pitching gave the team. Billy Wagner saved 40 games and finished with a 2.24 ERA. Chasen Bradford, Pedro Feliciano, and Duaner Sanchez also contributed with 50+ innings and ERAs below 3.00. The team also managed to get a 3.62 ERA from Aaron Heilman in his 87 frames and a 3.44 ERA out of veteran lefty Darren Oliver in 81 innings of work.

This was a club built to go far. Sadly, the year ended before reaching the finish line.

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