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The Walk-Up Win: An Inventory

Not interested in talking about Thursday's loss. Have been wanting to put this out for awhile, so I'll do so today...

Mets Walk-Up Win (n) - A Mets victory in which the decisive runs are scored in the bottom of the eighth inning. Said victory requires Mets pitchers to retire the side, maintaining the advantage, in the top of the ninth.

Etymology: Fellow blogger Greg at Faith and Fear, invented the term. Date of origin, unknown.

The Mets have 165 walk-up wins in their history, if we include the postseason, and we shall for the purposes of this tallying.

* Their most frequent victim is the Braves.

Most Mets Walk-Up Wins
By Opponent

Braves 22
Expos 19
Astros 16
Pirates 15
Dodgers 14
>> Includes Postseason

* The most common type of go-ahead RBI in a walk-off victory comes from a single.

Most Frequent Walk-Up RBI
Mets History

1B 58
HR 55 (3 grand slams)
2B 29
SF 8
>> Least frequent among those that have happened: 1 passed ball, 1 triple, 1 groundout, and 1 hit-by-pitch

* The season in which the Mets got the most walk-up wins was 2000.

Most Walk-Up Wins
By Season

2000 9
1978 7
1975 7
1994 6
1976 6
1974 6
>> Seasons with none: 1968, 1987

* The Met with the most walk-up RBI: Kevin McReynolds.

Most Walk-Up RBI
Mets History

6- Kevin McReynolds
5- Ed Kranepool
5- Lee Mazzilli
4- Gary Carter
4- Jeff Kent
4- John Milner
4- Mike Piazza
4- Mookie Wilson
4- Rusty Staub

* The 2008 Mets have one walk-up win this season. As they add to their tally, we will provide additional notes. We also intend to share some notable walk-up win stories from past seasons.

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