Mets Top Moments In 2013
The Mets finished 74-88 for the second straight season, but this year had more of an upbeat feel to it than 2012, with come-from-behind wins, some prospects coming to Citi Field, and plenty of exciting wins as the Mets went 49-48 in their last 97 games.
Here are some of the Mets top moments in 2013
Walk Off Grand Slam: Every team gets walk off hits, but not every team gets walk off grand slams. The Mets had 10 walk-off wins in 2013; this was one if the more exiting ones. On April 14, the Mets walked it off on a grand slam. David Wright tied the game with 2 outs in the 9th, to keep Matt Harvey undefeated. Then in the 10th the Mets had the bases loaded. Jordany Valdespin was the man at the plate. Valdespin could have just blooped a single to win the game, but instead Jordany hit a ball over the right field fence; A grand slam to win it for New York. This was the 6th walk off grand slam in Mets history, and the first since 1998.
Wright Takes Kimbrel Deep: The Mets were trailing 5 to 4 going into the 9th. It stayed this way with 1 out in the 9th. Matt Harvey was on the line for his first loss of the year, and it sure looked like it was going to happen. Kimbrel had allowed just 8 career home runs. Then with 2 outs in the 9th, David Wright hit a ball deep to right center. As Gary Cohen put it, "..David Wright ties the game!" It was the Mets 4th home run of the night, none bigger than this one. The Mets won it in 10 innings, when Rubin Tejada put the Mets up with an RBI single. 20 percent of Craig Kimbrel's home runs allowed have come against the Mets.
Almost Perfect: Matt Harvey pitched a lot of great games in 2013. None of them were better than the game in Chicago. Harvey pitched 9 scoreless innings against the White Sox, but that was not the key stat. Over the 9 innings, Harvey allowed just 1 BASE RUNNER. The only base runner he let up was an infield single to Alex Rios in the 7th inning. Harvey also struck out 12 batters. Matt would get a no-decision, his 7th already, in a game the Mets would win on a walk-off hit in the 10th inning by Mike Baxter. Harvey is the only pitcher in Mets history to throw nine scoreless innings, allow one hit or fewer, strike out at least 12 and walk none.
The Mets Sweep The Yankees: Heading into the Subway Series, there were little expectations for the Mets. The Mets obviously ended up sweeping the Yankees in 4 games. The Mets pitching was the key factor. Mets' pitchers allowed just 1 run in 3 of the 4 games. The Mets won the opening game in the 8th inning on a hit by Daniel Murphy. The second game was the special game for Mets fans. The Mets headed into the 9th trailing 1 to 0. Murphy got it started with a double, followed by a game tieing RBI double by David Wright. Then came the big hit. The Big Lebowski, Lucas Duda singled off Mariano Rivera to win the game for the Mets. The Mets bats had one really good day, knocking out David Phelps in the first inning of a 9-4 blow out. Dillon Gee closed the series with an unlikely 12-strikeout gem that turned his season in the right direction. It was the first time the Mets had ever swept the Yankees.
Harvey/Wheeler Day: This marked the brightest-looking day for the Mets future when Harvey and Zack Wheeler beat the Braves in a doubleheader sweep. Harvey struck out 13 and took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning of the opener. Wheeler wowed in his debut with six scoreless innings in the nightcap. Those wins started the 49-48 season-ending run. This was the Mets first double header sweep of the Braves in Atlanta since 1987.
All Star Game: Harvey proved he belonged on the game's biggest stage when he started the All-Star Game for the National League at Citi Field. After allowing a leadoff double to Mike Trout and hitting Robinson Cano, Harvey retired the heart of the American League lineup. He retired Miguel Cabrera, Chris Davis and Jose Bautista, and then pitched a 1-2-3 second inning, highlighted by a 10-pitch strikeout of Adam Jones. Harvey became the second Met to throw at least two scoreless innings as an All-Star Game starter. The other was Tom Seaver in 1970.
Wright Passes Piazza: Wright homered in his first at-bat against Cole Hamels after missing seven weeks with a hamstring injury and passed Mike Piazza into second place on the club's career home run list. The Mets would go on to sweep the Phillies in Philadelphia, those wins making the difference as they finished in third place in the NL East, one game ahead of the Phillies. Wright finished with a .307 batting average, a .390 on-base percentage and a .514 slugging percentage. Wright has four .300/.390/.500 seasons in his career. The only other Met with more than one is Mike Piazza, who has two.
Kirk's walk off homer headed into the 9th down by 3 to the Cubs is a notable.
These are just some of the great Mets memories from the 2013 season.