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Slam, Dunk!

When it comes to truth telling, I remember the commercials from a few years back. The one to choose is the Daily News ("New York's Hometown Paper!")

When it comes to grand slams, the one to choose is Fernando Tatis, and I'll admit I had enough doubts to acknowledge skepticism when he batted for Cory Sullivan on Monday night.

We'll give Tatis a fistbump for his efforts and we'll throw an honorary one Adam Rubin's way as well.

* Walk-up win #170 (walk-up=bottom of 8th win) was the Mets 2nd of the season. Both have been by the final score of 7-3. The other came on May 8 against the Pirates.

* In fact, the last 3 Mets walk-off wins have been by final scores of 7-3.

* Fernando Tatis hit the 4th walk-up grand slam in Mets history

Walk-Up Grand Slams
Mets History (game-winning grand slam in bottom 8th)

2009- Fernando Tatis (Rockies)
1985- Gary Carter (Braves)
1978- Lee Mazzilli (Phillies)
1963- Jim Hickman (Braves)

* This was, based on an initial check, the 8th pinch-hit grand slam in Mets history.

Pinch-Hit Grand Slams
Mets History

2009- Fernando Tatis (Rockies)
2000- Todd Pratt (at Dodgers)
2000- Benny Agbayani (Cubs, in Japan)
1995- Todd Hundley (at Expos)
1994- Joe Orsulak (Giants)
1986- Tim Teufel (Phillies, walk-off)
1978- Steve Henderson (Expos)
1966- Hawk Taylor (Pirates)

* I don't have a definitive answer on this, but I believe the last grand slam by a Met on an 0-2 pitch was hit by Mike Marshall against the Dodgers on May 22, 1990

The Mets fan who truly loves the media knows...Adam Rubin has been a Mets beat writer since 2003, since which time the Mets have had 23 walk-up wins.


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