Davey Johnson's Mets had won their second divisional title in three years & were the heavy favorite going into the post season. The Mets had won 100 games (100-60) & dominated the Dodgers in the regular season.
Darryl Strawberry led the NL in HRs (39) that season as well as slugging %. Wally Backman was the only Met in the starting line up that had hit over .300. Howard Johnson was establishing himself as a true slugger & veterans Gary Carter & Keith Hernandez were entering the twilight's of their careers.
The '88 Mets staff had twenty game winner; David Cone (20-3) as well as Dwight Gooden (18-9) Ron Darling (17-9) Sid Fernandez (12-10) & Bobby Ojeda (10-13). In the bullpen closer Randy Meyers had 26 saves.
Meanwhile Tommy Lasorda's Dodgers had gone 94-67 finishing seven games ahead of the Cincinnati Reds. This was a team of destiny, as they shocked the Mets & then the might Oakland A's in the World Series. Orel Hershiser was the Cy Young winner (23-8 / 2.26 ERA) & the offense was led by Kirk Gibson 25 HRs 76 RBIs & .290 average. Although his numbers were no where near Strawberry's he won the NL MVP Award that year????
|New York Mets||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|1||Mookie Wilson||CF||1||Steve Sax||2B|
|2||Gregg Jefferies||3B||2||Franklin Stubbs||1B|
|3||Keith Hernandez||1B||3||Kirk Gibson||LF|
|4||Darryl Strawberry||RF||4||Mike Marshall||RF|
|5||Kevin McReynolds||LF||5||John Shelby||CF|
|6||Howard Johnson||SS||6||Mike Scioscia||C|
|7||Gary Carter||C||7||Jeff Hamilton||3B|
|8||Wally Backman||2B||8||Alfredo Griffin||SS|
|9||Dwight Gooden||P||9||Orel Hershiser||P|
The Dodgers began the scoring first; in bottom of the 1st inning, Steve Sax singled & stole second base. He would score on a Mike Marshall base hit.
Gooden rolled along holding the Dodgers down, striking out ten batters until the 7th inning. Catcher; Mike Scioscia led of with a double & was brought in on Alfredo Griffin's base hit. Gooden went seven innings, allowing the two runs, four hits & just one walk.
Mean while, Orel Hershiser had shut out the Mets, striking out six & allowing just four hits going into the 9th inning.
But in the 9th the Mets struck. Greg Jefferies led off with a base hit & was moved over to second base. Darryl Strawberry followed with a double to center field, bring home Jefferies making it 2-1.
Tommy Lasorda removed Hershiser & brought in Jay Howell to pitch. Howell walked Kevin McReynolds & then struck out Howard Johnson .
With two outs & the winning runs on base, Gary Carter stepped in & delivered with a line drive double to center field. Both runners scored & he Mets now had a 3-2 lead. Carter's runs proved to be the game winner, as Rabdy Meyers closed out the 9th inning.