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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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FLUSHING, NY – OCTOBER 27, 1986: Ray Knight #22 of the New York Mets being interviewed by Marv Albert after the Mets win Game 7 of the 1986 World Series against the Boston Red Sox in Shea Stadium on October 27, 1986 in Flushing, New York. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Getty Images)

1) 1986 Mets

No surprises here, the only team left to choose from is the one from 1986. The second Mets team to win the World Series, they are the best group of the Amazins to ever appear in the championship round. For the record, they are the best team in Mets history.

I find it impossible to argue against this 108-win team. The position players were a mix of high-average guys, sluggers, and elite-fielders. No shortage of leadership, this New York ball club had plenty of star power.

From the long home runs by Darryl Strawberry to the Gold Glove defense from Keith Hernandez to the perfect platoon of Lenny Dykstra and Mookie Wilson in center field, what’s not to love?

The starting pitchers, ranging from 21-28 years old, were young and talented. All five of the guys to make 20+ starts won double-digit games and lost 7 games or less. I know people like some of the other World Series rotations but this one feels unmatched.

The romance fans have today with the 1986 Mets continues to burn. They had so many all-time franchise greats, you could make an argument that eight position players are top five at the place they played most often. Four of the starters are also top-ten-worthy.

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I’m sure you already knew the 1986 Mets were the top-ranked ones on this list. The most recent to give fans a parade, they were a wild bunch that fans who weren’t even born yet still enjoy reminiscing about.

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