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NY Mets World Series teams ranked: Who was truly great and who got lucky?

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 27: Infielder Ray Knight #22 of the New York Mets trots around the bases after hitting a home run against the Boston Red Sox during Game 7 of the 1986 World Series October 27, 1986 at Shea Stadium in the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets won the Series 4 games to 3. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 27: Infielder Ray Knight #22 of the New York Mets trots around the bases after hitting a home run against the Boston Red Sox during Game 7 of the 1986 World Series October 27, 1986 at Shea Stadium in the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets won the Series 4 games to 3. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
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The New York Mets celebrate their shutout over the St. Louis Cardinals in game five of the National League Championship Series 16 October, 2000 at Shea Stadium in New York. The Mets won the game 7-0 to take the series 4-1. AFP PHOTO Henny Ray ABRAMS (Photo by HENNY RAY ABRAMS / AFP) (Photo by HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP via Getty Images)

3) 2000 Mets

The 2000 Mets were the first in my lifetime to actually make it to the World Series. They came close a year earlier in 1999 when they suffered a tough loss to the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS. Fortunately, they didn’t have to face the Braves this time. Instead, they rolled through the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals on their way to the World Series against the New York Yankees.

Of course, the Mets fell to the Yankees and all of the good times came to an end. Despite the heartbreak, the 2000 team was the third-best in club history to ever make it to the World Series.

What made the 2000 Mets team so special was their incredible balance both on offense and on the mound. Mike Piazza and Edgardo Alfonzo both had memorable years at the plate. Add in the production from the rest of the regulars, we have one of the better offensive teams in club history.

The pitching staff was vastly improved from the year prior. Five starters won double-digit games. In his one season with the club, Mike Hampton went 15-10 with a 3.14 ERA. Lefty Al Leiter was 16-8 with a 3.20 ERA.

I’ve written about the 2000 Mets a lot on Rising Apple and I am convinced this team had what it takes to win a championship. Match them up with a team other than the dynasty Yankees, people in their 20s might have a World Series in their memory.

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