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Possible Playoff Preview: Padres

Second in a series looking at the Mets walk-off history against potential first-round foes.

Potential Opponent

* Padres (NL West champ or wild card)

Mets walk-off wins vs opponent

* 19

Mets walk-off losses vs opponent

* 24

Postseason walk-off history vs opponent

* None

Most recent walk-off win vs opponent

* On July 19, 2005, Chris Woodward hit a 2-run home run off Chris Hammond to give the Mets a 3-1 11-inning victory.

Longest walk-off win vs opponent

* Twice the Mets have beaten the Padres in walk-off fashion in a 15-inning game. The first came on September 3, 1983, on a Brian Giles (same name as the current Padre) sacrifice fly. The second was on April 27, 1994 on Fernando Vina's single.

Noteworthiest walk-off win vs opponent

* Mike Piazza's two-run home run off Trevor Hoffman on April 28, 1999, gave the Mets a 4-3 win. The Padres had won their previous 181 games when leading after eight innings.

Most unusual walk-off win vs opponent

* On May 7, 1972, the Mets came back from a 6-0 8th-inning deficit to win 8-6 in 10 innings on a walk-off home run by Tommie Agee. That to my knowledge, is tied for the largest deficit overcome in a Mets walk-off win.

Metscellaniest walk-off tidbits regarding opponent

* Former Padre Kevin McReynolds is the Mets all-time leader in games ended with a walk-off RBI, with 8., including a walk-off single against the Padres on July 11, 1991.

* Deposed Padres hitting coach Dave Magadan had a walk-off hit for the Mets against his future employer- an 11th inning pinch-single on May 13, 1989.

Opponents Mets walk-off history

* Mike Piazza ended 5 games for the Mets with a walk-off RBI, doing so four times with a walk-off home run. Two of those walk-off homers came against the Padres (previously mentioned April 28, 1999 and May 10, 2003)

* Mike Cameron had a walk-off RBI in back-to-back games for the Mets against the Tigers on July 18 and 19, 2004. He was the third player in Mets history with a walk-off hit in consecutive games, joining Jerry Buchek and John Milner.

* On October 1, 2000 (final game of the regular season), Geoff Blum's throwing error brought home the winning run in a 3-2, 13-inning Mets walk-off win.

* Manager Bruce Bochy played in 17 games for the Mets, including a walk-off win on September 28, 1982. Bochy started that day against the Pirates, went 0-for-3, and was pinch-hit for by Ron Hodges, whose sacrifice set the stage for Rusty Staub's game-ending single.

Walk-off reasons to feel good about opponent

* The Mets have a good walk-off history against Trevor Hoffman, whom many on the club should blame for the NL's not getting home-field advantage in the World Series. Three Hoffman losses were the result of Mets walk-off wins (home runs by Mike Piazza and Chris Jones, as well as a game-winning single by Jones, in which Hoffman was charged with the winning run, though he was not in the game at the time).

* Steve Garvey (walk-off home run to win Game 4 of 1984 NLCS for the Padres vs Cubs) isn't playing in this series. Neither is Tony Gwynn (3 career walk-off hits vs Mets).

True Metdres know...

* The Mets have hit 7 walk-off home runs against the Padres. The last six of those have all come in scenarios in which there was at least one man on base at the time.


Anonymous said…
Loving this series of previews. To stay within the theme within a theme of panicking over everything that might go wrong in the playoffs, I call your attention to the worst non-walkoff loss in Met-Padre history:

The Mets stormed in front from an imposing deficit, just to give it right back. It wasn't the first time in 1998 that the Mets seemed on the cusp of an energizing victory just to poof it away before the game ended. This was a late night West Coast affair, but I was still at the office at 11, 11:30 and on the phone with a friend I knew who'd be up. We spent the top of the seventh marveling at how great this comeback was going to be and the bottom of the seventh in "that figured" mode.

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