New York Mets remain undefeated at one existing MLB ballpark
By Tim Boyle
There’s only one Major League Baseball stadium in the world that has yet to host a loss by the New York Mets. Any guesses?
It’s only natural to eventually lose a game at any stadium you play. There is one existing MLB ballpark that has yet to feature a loss by the New York Mets.
With the completion of new stadiums on what feels like a yearly basis, it makes sense. Interleague play every day also helps keep a streak like this alive. Those reasons plus some good play have helped the Mets retain a 5-0 record when visiting the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
Target Field opened for the 2010 season. The Mets wouldn’t visit until 2013. Back in 2010 when the teams last played each other, New York got the best of Minnesota with a 2-1 series win all played at Citi Field. Mike Pelfrey and Jon Niese took the wins while Johan Santana got the loss in the middle game of the series.
On April 12, 2013, Niese started again for the Mets versus the Twins. The early-season interleague matchup ended with a blowout victory. A crooked 16 went on the scoreboard for the visiting squad from New York. The home team only managed to score five times.
One day later, Matt Harvey earned the victory in a 4-2 victory. The Mets would have to wait to play the third game until mid-August day to a rarity in franchise history: a “snow out.” I suppose building a stadium in Minnesota without a roof is bound to attract cancellations like this.
Despite having to wait four months, the third-ever game between the Mets and Twins at Target Field ended with the visitors winning yet again. This time, Dillon Gee took the W for New York.
The two teams didn’t play again until 2016. As the case usually is, the series shifted to the other team’s ballpark. Although it doesn’t count toward the Target Field undefeated streak, the Mets did win all three games. It only took three runs in each game to do it, too.
The ball club from Flushing wouldn’t return to Citi Field again until 2019. The chances of snow were slim with a pair of mid-July games scheduled.
In a tight one, the Mets edged out the Twins 3-2 in the series opener. The next day, you may recall another blowout in favor of the visitors. By a score of 14-4, the orange and blue were winners for the fifth time in as many chances.
Unless they meet in the World Series or the rhythm of the MLB scheduling changes, the Mets will not return to Target Field until at least 2022. In 2019, the series was split between New York and Minnesota with two games at each park.
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For at least a few more years, the undefeated streak in Target Field looks to be intact.