The 3 best Mets moments against the Reds in team history

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The New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds have a somewhat colorful history. They have had some very popular players who have spent time with both clubs…including Art Shamsky, John Franco, Ray Knight, George Foster, and, of course, Tom Seaver.

And when you share that kind of history, there are bound to be some moments that immediately come to mind. Well…these two clubs have had a number of matchups that have led to some of the most memorable moments in Mets history.

Probably the most memorable moment of any New York Mets fan, that involved the Cincinnati Reds, is the clash in the 1973 NLCS

The Mets had been decimated by injuries and had a down year. But they managed to rally back in a weak Eastern Division so that they could meet up with the Big Red Machine, now heavily favored to run right over the Mets in the NLCS.

The problem was that the Mets had a lot of momentum on their side…and a lot of fight left in them.

The fight that people most remember is the battle between Pete Rose and Bud Harrelson in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.

The Reds and Mets had split the first two games of the Series at Riverfront Stadium. They were able to squeak past Tom Seaver in Game 1, winning 2-1, but were shut out by Jon Matlack while getting wacked 5-0 in Game 2.

The Big Red Machine was being completely shut down by the Mets superior pitching while the Mets offensive was showing similar superiority. The Mets scored 5, 7, and 9 runs in the games they won, while the Reds were held to a total of 8 runs in the five games.

It’s unfortunate that most fans and the media don’t actually recognize the dominance the Mets showed over the Reds over the entire Series and, instead, the focus almost always remains on the fight between Harrelson and Rose.