Remembering Mets History (1973 World Series) Final Statistics

Ray Fosse & Reggie Jackson
In the clubhouse: After the game & a bit of time had passed, Manager Yogi Berra went over to the Oakland A's locker room celebration to congratulate the team on their victory.

Afterward A's outfielder Joe Rudi came to the Mets locker room to congratulate them on their season as well. Rudi talked baseball & reviewed plays of the series with Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, John Matlack & Cleon Jones. He then went back to celebrate with his own team & his family.

A's Hitting: Reggie Jackson earning his name as "Mr. October" was named the World Series MVP. Jackson had nine hits (tied with Bert Campaneris & Joe Rudi for most hits on the A's team) batting .310 (going 9-29) with a HR three doubles one triple two walks & six RBIs. He posted a 355 on base % with a .914 OPS.

Bert Campaneris could have certainly won the award as well, he hit .290 (going 9-31) scoring a series best nine runs, with one HR, one triple three stolen bases one walk, a .353 on base % & .805 OPS. Campy 

Joe Rudi hit .333 (9-27) with two doubles, three walks four RBIs with three runs scored & a .400 on base %.

A's Captain Sal Bando had hit just .231 but had six hits, one double, one triple with four walks & just one RBI along with a .333 on base %.

The 1972 World Series MVP Gene Tenace hit just .158 (3-11) but he tied a World Series record with eleven walks & led all players with a .486 on base%. Tenace also drove in three runs.

Mets pitching held the A's to a .212 batting average, collecting 51 hits. The slugging A's hit just two HRs with 12 doubles, three triples & 21 runs scored.

Mets Hitting: Overall, the Mets team hit much better batting .253 with 66 hits, the Mets hit four HRs with seven doubles & two triples scoring 24 runs.

Rusty Staub led all hitters with eleven hits, a .423 batting average & a 1.080 OPS, amazing stats considering "Le Grande Orange" was suffering through his shoulder injury & missed Game #1.

Overall, Staub matched Jackson with six runs driven in, he went (11-26) with one HR two doubles two walks, a run scored & Mets series best .464 on base %. Rusty Staub was certainly the Mets offensive MVP.

John Milner had a good series batting .296 (8-27) with five walks for a .406 on base%, he scored & drove in two runs as well.

Cleon Jones who was battling a flu in the middle of the series, led the Mets with five runs scored. He also had eight hits (8-28) batting .286 with a HR two Doubles an RBI four walks a .394 on base % & .858 OPS (second to Staub).

Jerry Grote also had a good series with eight hits (8-30) batting .267 with two runs scored, although he had no extra base hits or runs driven in. 

Don Hahn quietly got seven hits (7-29) batting .241 with a double a triple two RBIs & two runs scored.

Wayne Garrett led all hitters with his two HRs. Garrett went 5-30 (.167) but drew five walks & scored four runs, posting a .306 on base %.

Willie Mays hit .286 (2-7) with an RBI & run scored finishing off his career. 

Bud Harrelson collected six hits (6-24) with five walks posting a .379 on base %. He scored two runs& batted .250. His defense on the field was outstanding as well.

Kenny Boswell set a World Series record with three pinch hits in the Series going 3-3.

Felix Millan the Mets leading hitter during the regular season struggled batting .188 (6-32) with a double a triple an RBI & one walk.

Mets Pitching: Tom Sever pitched two games (0-1) striking out 18 batters in 15 innings, allowing four earned runs on 13 hits with three walks posting a 2.40 ERA. 

Jerry Koosman pitched two games (1-0) allowing three runs on nine hits, he struck out eight & walked seven in 8.2 innings posting a 3.12 ERA.

Jon Matlack got three starts (1-2) allowing four earned runs on ten hits, posting a 2.16 ERA in 16.2 innings of work, striking out 11 & walking five.

Tug McGraw made five appearances with a win (1-0) & a save. Tug allowed four runs on eight hits, striking out 14 & walking nine in 13.2 innings of work, posting a 2.63 ERA.

Ray Sadecki made four appearances, earning a save with a 1.93 ERA. Sadecki allowed one run on five hits, striking out six & walking one. 

Harry Parker made three appearances, taking a loss (0-1). He allowed an unearned run on two hits with two strike outs & two walks in 3.1 innings.

George Stone appeared in two games, earning a save, allowing no runs on four hits with three strikeouts & a walk.

A's Pitching: Rollie Fingers appeared in six games, taking a loss & earning two saves. He allowed five runs on 13 hits but just one earned run in 13.2 innings for a 0.66 ERA. He struck out eight & walked four.

Darold Knowles set a World Series record appearing in all seven games, he allowed no runs on four hits with five strike outs & five walks in six innings of work.

Catfish Hunter made two starts (1-0) giving up three runs on eleven hits in 13.1 innings for a 2.03
ERA. He struck out six & walked four.

Ken Holtzman made three starts, earning two wins & a loss (2-1) giving up five runs on 13 hits in 10.2 innings for a 4.22 ERA. He struck out six & walked five.

Vida Blue made two starts taking a loss (0-1) giving up six runs on ten hits in eleven innings for a 4.91 ERA. He had eight strike outs & walked three. 

Paul Lindblad made three appearances, earning a victory (1-0) he gave up no runs in 3.1 innings of work.

Blue Moon Odom made two appearances, giving up two runs on five hits in 4.2 innings of work for a 3.86 ERA. Odom struck out two & walked two.

Horatio Pina made two appearances allowing two unearned runs with two walks in three innings of work.

1974 & Beyond: The A's went on to win their third straight World Series in 1974 under new manager Alvin Dark. In the dawn of free agency controversial owner Charlie Finley began selling off his players & got himself into more trouble with MLB. They would win another division in 1975 their fifth straight but no more pennants until 1988.

As for the Mets, they stumbled to a fifth-place finish (71-91) in 1974. They suffered injuries & began trading off their top players from this era as well. After two third place finishes, owner Joan Payson passed away & the team fell apart. They didn't jump into free agency & finished either fifth or last from 1977-1982.


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