10/11/1986 – Lenny Dykstra blasts the Mets to victory
The Mets didn’t make the postseason for a long time after their visit to the 1973 World Series. It took them until 1986!
For fans of dramatic victories, it was well worth the wait. In this postseason alone, the team would be involved in three of them.
The first was in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Houston Astros. The Mets trailed 5-4 and looked like they were about to go down 2-1 in the series. Lenny Dykstra had other ideas. With one on and one out, Dykstra hit the first walk-off postseason home run in franchise history.
The dinger gave the Mets the lead, the win, and put them in position to make another magical run.
10/14/1986 – Gary Carter plays the hero
Only days after Dykstra delivered for the Mets, the club needed help from another player to end things with a walk-off. In Game 5, it was Gary Carter’s turn.
The Mets and Astros battled for 12 innings with each team only scoring once. With Wally Backman on second base after a single and an error and Keith Hernandez on first base via an intentional walk, Carter came to the plate.
On a 3-2 pitch, Carter singled to center field. Backman crossed the plate, the Mets scored, and they were another game closer to the biggest walk-off in club history.
10/25/1986 – A little roller up along first…
This Mets walk-off needs no introduction. It’s about a little roller up along the first base line that somehow managed to find its way into the outfield.
In possibly the wildest inning in baseball history, the Mets went into the bottom of the tenth inning trailing 5-3. Two fly balls put them a single out away from a loss. Then, the bats came to life.
Gary Carter singled. Then Kevin Mitchell did. With two on and two out, Ray Knight singled and drove in Carter. The lead was cut down to a single run!
A wild pitch from Bob Stanley plated another and the score was suddenly tied. That’s when Mookie Wilson hit his famous routine groundball down the first base line that somehow managed to allude Bill Buckner whose glove was right there.
The Mets won on the error, making for one of the most infamous plays in MLB history.