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Ya Gotta Believe! Looking Back At The 8 Elimination-Game Wins In Mets History

By Daniel Friedman
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On Thursday night, the Mets and Dodgers will square off at Chavez Ravine in a decisive fifth game, which means only one thing: it's cliché time.

Do or die. Win or go home. The time for heroes to rise to the occasion.

We've heard it all before. We've also seen the Mets win eight elimination games in their history, and they'll try to add a ninth. Here's how they've fared:

1. 1973 NLCS, Game 5

Pete Rose & Bud Harrelson Brawl, 1973 NLCS! by CourtsideTweets on YouTube

Tom Seaver (you may have heard of him) pitched brilliantly as the Mets defeated Cincinnati 7-2 in the decisive fifth game at Shea Stadium.

2. 1986 World Series, Game 6

Colorado Rockies v New York Mets
Mookie Wilson (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Mookie Wilson. Bill Buckner. Delirium.

3. 1986 World Series, Game 7

1986 World Series Mets
The New York Mets celebrate after an 8-5 win over the Boston Red Sox in Game 7 of the World Series at Shea Stadium. (Mandatory Credit: T. G. Higgins /Allsport)


Down 3-0 in the bottom of the sixth, the Mets broke loose and eventually won the game 8-5, earning their second World Series title in franchise history. Jesse Orosco recorded the final out, striking out Boston's Marty Barrett.

4. 1988 NLCS, Game 6

David Cone threw a gem, and the Mets staved off elimination at Dodger Stadium with a 5-1 win. They forced a seventh game, but lost it.

5. 1999 Wild-Card Game

New York Mets John Olerud(5) and Robin Ventura(4)
John Olerud and Robin Ventura jump on winning pitcher Al Leiter after their 5-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds. (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Al Leiter's two-hit shutout of Cincinnati at Cinergy Field propelled the Mets into the NLDS. They won the ballgame by a score of 5-0, led by home runs from Edgardo Alfonzo and Rickey Henderson.


6. 1999 NLCS, Game 4

John Olerud #5
John Olerud #5 of the New York Mets runs the bases after hitting a home run during Game 4 of the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves at Shea Stadium. (Credit: Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

John Olerud knocked in two runs off the hated John Rocker in the eighth inning as the Mets defeated Atlanta at Shea Stadium, 3-2. They finally won one after digging themselves a 3-0 hole in the series.

7. 1999 NLCS, Game 5

New York Mets Robin Ventura (2ndL)
Robin Ventura is mobbed by teammates after his hit against the Atlanta Braves in the 15th inning. (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Robin Ventura's "grand-slam single" in the 15th pulled the Mets to within a game of tying the series, as they stayed alive for the second consecutive night. The final score: 4-3.

8. 2006 NLCS, Game 6

NLCS Game 6: St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets
David Wright #5, Jose Valentin #18 Carlos Beltran #15, Jose Reyes #7, Endy Chavez #10, Shawn Green #20 and Carlos Delgado #21 of the New York Mets celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 to take Game 6 of the NLCS at Shea Stadium on October 18, 2006. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Jose Reyes homered in the bottom of the first, while Shawn Green and Paul Lo Duca combined to drive in three runs. The Mets won 4-2, forcing a seventh game that they'd go on to lose.

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