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Possible Playoff Preview: Astros

Potential Opponent

Astros (NL Central champs)

Mets walk-off wins vs opponent

* 19 (includes one when the team was known as the Colt 45's)

Mets walk-off losses vs opponent

* 35

Postseason walk-off history vs opponent

* The Mets won Game 3 of the 1986 NLCS, 6-5 over Houston, on Len Dykstra's 2-run home run in the last of the 9th. They won Game 5, 2-1 on Gary Carter's single in the bottom of the 12th.

Most recent walk-off win vs opponent

* April 13, 2005, when Jose Reyes singled off Dan Wheeler in the 11th inning to give the Mets a 1-0 win.

Longest walk-off win vs opponent

* It took 14 innings for the Mets to beat the Astros in Game 2 of a doubleheader on May 31, 1970, winning on Duffy Dyer's pinch-hit single.

Noteworthiest walk-off win vs opponent

* The 2 playoff games are in their own category. For regular season, there are two really good ones.

One is July 3, 1986, when the Mets scored 3 in the 10th on home runs by Darryl Strawberry and Ray Knight, to win 6-5.

The other, much less well-known, is September 30, 1966, when Larry Dierker threw a perfect game for 8 innings, then lost 1-0 in the 9th on Ron Hunt's walk-off single off second baseman Joe Morgan's glove.

Most unusual walk-off win vs opponent

* The afforementioned near-perfect game would probably be the best choice, but let's also reference Jim Beauchamp's birthday-celebrating walk-off home run on August 21, 1972, giving the Mets a 4-2 win on the day he turned 33.

Metscellaniest walk-off tidbit regarding opponent

* Mimicking a note we ran from our Cardinals preview: Rusty Staub is the only person to have a walk-off hit for the Mets against the Astros AND have a walk-off hit for the Astros against the Mets.

Opponents Mets walk-off history

* Astros manager Phil Garner hit a two-run home run to put Houston ahead 5-3 in the 10th inning, on July 3, 1986, setting the stage for Darryl Strawberry's game-tying home run and Ray Knight's game-winner.

* Dan Wheeler's lone walk-off win as a Met came on May 9, 2004 when Kaz Matsui's double beat the Brewers, 6-5 in 11 innings.

Walk-off reasons to feel good about opponent

* Roger Clemens likely committed an act of vandalism in Shea Stadium on the evening of October 25, 1986 and has been paying for that sin for the last 20 years.

True Metstros know...

The 1986 Mets are the last team to win 2 games in an NLCS in walk-off fashion.


Anonymous said…
Yikes.There's a ton of Astro awfulness in our past. But I choose (or can't help but) go to our rather recent past to remember a Mets loss to Houston I'd rather forget:

Pedro pitched beautifully but got no decision, while some chump named Ezequiel Astacio wasn't pounded by the Mets. The next night, Ezequiel's spiritual twin Wandy Rodriguez was a pain in the Asstro. All the while, Carlos Beltran was being treated like Bin Laden.

I've officially decided to not care who or where we play in the playoffs, just that we play, but boy, I'd prefer to avoid that hellhole of a joke of a twisted funhouse.

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