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Fifteen, Count Em, Fifteen (The Most Metmorable Postseason Home Runs)

Chances are that you know the stories of these moments, so the descriptions are brief, but we figured we should rank the postseason home runs as well. Our top 15:

15- Robin Ventura, 2000 NL Division Series Game 4

It was a lot easier for Bobby Jones to relax and throw his one-hit shutout, knowing he had the cushion of a lead from the first inning on, thanks to Ventura's two-run home run.

True Mets postseason home run historians know...Robin Ventura had 7 singles (including his grand slam single), 5 doubles, and 2 home runs in his Mets postseason career.

14- Mike Piazza, 1999 NL Championship Series Game 6

This game-tying shot off John Smoltz in the seventh inning would have made the top couple had Kenny Rogers not walked Andruw Jones in the series-concluding moment.

True Mets postseason home run historians know...Mike Piazza and Al Weis are the only two Mets to hit a game-tying home run in the 7th inning or later of a postseason game.

13- Gary Carter x 2, 1986 World Series Game 4

The Mets didn't hit Al Nipper all that well, early in Game 4, but once Carter hit his first of two home runs that day, the team managed to get the job done, evening the series, 2-2 with the win.

True Mets postseason home run historians know...Four catchers have had a multi-homer game in the World Series: Gary Carter, Johnny Bench (1976), Gene Tenace (1972), and Yogi Berra (1956).

12- Edgardo Alfonzo, 1999 NL Division Series Game 1

There is no one I would have wanted at the plate more in the situation of tie game, bases loaded in the ninth inning, than Alfonzo, whose grand slam off Diamondbacks reliever Bobby Chouinard gave the Mets a win in their first playoff game in 11 years.

True Mets postseason home run historians know...Your Mets leaders in postseason go-ahead home runs: Rusty Staub 3, Edgardo Alfonzo 3, Carlos Delgado 3.

11- Darryl Strawberry, 1986 World Series, Game 7

With the Mets clinging to a lead in the eighth inning, Strawberry's mammoth blow off Al Nipper helped ensure that a World Series title was on the precipice of occurring.

True Mets postseason home run historians know...The last 3 National Leaguers to homer in the 7th game of a World Series are Bobby Bonilla (1997), Darryl Strawberry, and Ray Knight.

10- Darryl Strawberry, 1986 NL Championship Series, Game 5

Nolan Ryan didn't allow a baserunner, and might not have for the rest of his day, had Strawberry not hit a missile down the right field line for a game-tying home run in the fifth inning.

True Mets postseason home run historians know...Darryl Strawberry had 35 at-bats against Nolan Ryan in regular season play. He had only one home run, and five hits, to go along with 15 strikeouts. The home run came in 1986.

9- Darryl Strawberry, 1986 NL Championship Series Game 3

Strawberry's three-run, first-pitch home run off Bob Knepper in the sixth inning brought the Mets from way back, a 4-1 deficit, to even, in a game that would be decided by another longball, three innings later.

True Mets postseason home run historians know...Darryl Strawberry had 3 game-tying postseason home runs as a Met. No other Met has more than one.

8- Lenny Dykstra, 1986 World Series Game 3

It was important in Game 3 that Boston fans had absolutely nothing to cheer about, even with a 2-0 lead heading into the series. Dykstra's leadoff home run opened the floodgates against Oil Can Boyd, on the way to an easy Mets victory.

True Mets postseason home run historians know...The last six times a player has led off the top of the first inning of a World Series game with a home run, his team has won. It has happened nine times overall, and the team whose player homers is 7-2 in those games.

7- Tommie Agee, 1969 World Series Game 3

Agee's leadoff home run against Jim Palmer set the stage for a day in which all the magic moments (including two amazing catches) belonged to him, and gave the Mets a 2-1 lead in the World Series.

True Mets postseason home run historians know...The two innings in which the Mets have hit the most postseason home runs are the fourth (12) and the first (10).

6- Benny Agbayani, 2000 NL Division Series Game 3

"Hawaiian Punch!" said Fox analyst Tim McCarver after the Aloha State native smacked a walk-off home run in the 13th inning against Giants reliever Aaron Fultz.

True Mets postseason home run historians know...Four players whose first name starts with B have hit a postseason walk-off home run: Bill Mazeroski, Bert Campaneris, Bernie Williams, and Benny Agbayani. The only player, besides Agbayani, whose last name started with A, who hit a postseason walk-off home run is Alan Ashby.

5- Todd Pratt, 1999 NL Division Series Game 4

Diamondbacks centerfielder Steve Finley came pretty close, but didn't get enough spring into his leap to deny Pratt and the Mets a series-clinching walk-off home run.

True Mets postseason home run historians know...The most common position for a player who hit a postseason walk-off home run is catcher. Six have hit postseason walk-off home runs: Johnny Bench, Carlton Fisk, Alan Ashby, Tony Pena, Jim Leyritz, and Todd Pratt.

3- Donn Clendenon and Al Weis, 1969 World Series Game 5

If they can split the World Series MVP, they can tie for this spot. Clendenon's home run, following the shoe-polish play, brought the Mets to within a run in the sixth, and Weis's surprise blow tied the score at three in the seventh inning.

True Mets postseason home run historians know...Donn Clendenon is the Mets all-time leader in World Series home runs with 3.

Al Weis's seven career regular-season home runs are by far the fewest of anyone who played for the Mets who hit a postseason home run.

2- Lenny Dykstra, 1986 NL Championship Series Game 3

The home run that launched Dykstra's mark as a clutch postseason performer was this stunning two-run walk-off shot to beat the Astros and closer Dave Smith in a game that turned out to be a must-win, with Mike Scott pitching in the next contest.

True Mets postseason home run historians know...Lenny Dykstra also had two sacrifices in his Mets postseason career. Oft forgotten is one in the eighth inning of Game 6 of the World Series in which Dykstra ended up safe by fielder's choice, helping set the Mets up to tie the game.

1- Ray Knight, 1986 World Series Game 7

Oh what a Knight it was for the Mets third baseman, whose presence was so vital to the team's success that season. It was appropo that he hit the deciding blow, a go-ahead home run vs Calvin Schiraldi in the seventh inning.

True Mets postseason home run historians know...Five players have hit a go-ahead run in the 7th inning or later of Game 7 of a World Series: Roger Peckinpaugh (1925), Hal Smith (1960), Bill Mazeroski (1960), Ray Knight, and Alfonso Soriano (2001).


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