Remembering Mets History: (2000) Mets Clinch Wild Card Berth

Wednesday September 27th, 2000: On this day in Mets history, the Mets clinched (at least a tie) for their second Wild Card playoff berth. Bobby Valentine's Mets would win their 90th game of the season (90-68) getting to the post season for the second straight year.

It was the only time in team history the team went to the post season in consecutive seasons.

Fittingly the Mets hosted their biggest rival of this era, Bobby Cox's Atlanta Braves (94-64). Cox sent Kevin Millwood (10-12) to the hill to face the Mets Rick Reed (10-5) in front of 48,858 wild & crazy Mets fans.

Atlanta Braves       New York Mets
1Rafael FurcalSS1Timo PerezLF
2Andruw JonesCF2Derek BellRF
3Chipper Jones3B3Edgardo Alfonzo2B
4Andres Galarraga1B4Mike PiazzaC
5Bobby BonillaLF5Robin Ventura3B
6Javy LopezC6Todd Zeile1B
7Reggie SandersRF7Jay PaytonCF
8Keith Lockhart2B8Mike BordickSS
9Kevin MillwoodP9Rick ReedP

In the 1st the Braves Andru Jones hit a solo HR putting Atlanta on the board first. Reed would give up a hit in each of the next three innings, but then shut down Atlanta through the next four innings. 

He would pitch eight innings, allowing the one run on four hits, with just one walk, while fanning seven Braves. 

Reed one of the steadiest Mets pitchers of that era won his 11th game, finishing the year at 11-5.

In the 4th inning, Timo Perez walked & then Millwood helped out the Mets walking three batters, including Todd Zeile bringing in the Mets first run. In the 5th, Timo Perez tripled with two outs, Darryl Hamilton pinch hit for Derek Bell 7 singled in Perez. Edgardo Alfonzo then blasted a two run HR, his 25th of the year, it was 4-1 Mets and the fans went wild.

In the 6th, Robin Ventura singled, advanced to second & scored on Jay Payton's base hit. In the 7th, with Atlanta's Scott Kamieniecki on the mound, Hamilton walked & Alfonzo singled. Robin Ventura then doubled  bringing in his 82nd run of the year.

In the 9th, Armando Benitez who never made anything go easily, gave up a HR to Andres Galaraga & a single to Wally Joyner, but stuck out the other three batters including Bobby Bonilla to a chorus of Shea boo's, to end the game.

The Mets celebrated & the fans cheered on their club.

Thursday September 28th, 2000: The next night, the Mets beat Atlanta 8-2, securing their wild card spot, as Bobby Jones won his 11th game of the year, beating Greg Maddox, denying him his 20th win (19-9).

52,184 filled up Shea Stadium that night, rocking the rafters.

In the Mets 4th, Timo Perez walked, Darryl Hamilton walked & Jay Payton was hit by a pitch. Lenny Harris got on with an infield single scoring Perez. 

Todd Pratt then singled bringing in two more runs 3-1 Mets. The Mets added another on a Braves error in the next inning. In the 6th Kurt Abbott hit his 6th HR of the year, a two run shot off Terry Mulholland, making it a 6-2 game.

In the 7th Alfonzo reached on an error & Lenny Harris walked. Todd Pratt singled in Jorge Valendia, who was running for Alfonzo. Matt Franco grounded into a force but Harris scored capping the 8-2 Mets win.

The other Bobby Jones came in to close it out in the 9th inning. The Mets went on to win their last five games finishing the year at 94-68. 

They advanced to the post season, beating the San Francisco Giants in the NLDS & the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS to win the pennant. The Mets then advanced to the first subway World Series since 1956.


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