In honor of today’s single-admission doubleheader with the Giants, I’ve gone back and listed 20 memorable moments in doubleheaders from Mets history. Usually these lists are 10 items long but with a doubleheader you get twice the fun! This is neither exhaustive nor definitive, so if you have a moment from a twinbill worth mentioning – please leave it in the comments section. Now, let’s go to the list.
5/12/62 – The second DH in franchise history, the Mets won both games with a walkoff HR. In G1, Hobie Landrith hit a two-run HR off Warren Spahn to give the Mets a 3-2 win. In G2, Gil Hodges cracked a solo shot for an 8-7 win.
5/31/64 – This DH started off innocently enough, as Juan Marichal won G1, his fourth win against the club. He would win 19 straight decisions against the Mets. The real fun came in G2 as the teams played 23 innings before the Giants emerged with a 6-2 win. Gaylord Perry pitched 10 innings in relief to pick up the victory.
6/21/64 – Jim Bunning threw a Perfect Game (G1) becoming the first player in the National League to accomplish the feat in 84 years. He needed just 90 pitches in the outing and 79 of them were strikes.
9/10/69 – The Mets swept a DH from the Montreal Expos and in the process they moved into first place for the very first time in franchise history.
9/12/69 – Another sweep, with both games coming by a 1-0 score. That alone would be enough to make the list but they cherry on this sundae comes as the pitchers drive in the only runs. Jerry Koosman had an RBI single to right for the game’s only run in the opener while Don Cardwell delivered an RBI single to center in the nightcap.
10/1/73 – The regular season was slated to end on September 30th and at the close of the day, the Mets had a one-game lead on the St. Louis Cardinals. But the Mets had only played 160 games. If this was 1972, when the Detroit Tigers won the AL East by a half game over the Boston Red Sox, as teams played an uneven number of games due to the strike that opened the year, the Mets would have been declared the winners. But they had to make up the games this time. The Mets won G1, 6-1, to clinch the NL East. G2 was not played
8/5/75 – The Mets lost both games to the Expos by identical 7-0 scores and fired Yogi Berra after losing the DH.
8/24/75 – Ed Halicki no-hits the Mets in G2. Rusty Staub led off the fifth inning and hits a ball off Halicki, which rolls to the second baseman, who bobbles before throwing late to first base. The play is ruled an error and Halicki gets the no-no.
8/2/79 – The Mets traded for Jose Cardenal between games, sending cash to the Phillies to acquire the veteran outfielder. Cardenal was in the Phillies dugout for G1 and the Mets in G2 but he did not get into either game.
7/31/83 – Jesse Orosco becomes the last pitcher to win both games of a DH for the Mets. Both games went to 12 innings and in the nightcap, the Mets were no-hit for 8.1 innings by Jose DeLeon before Hubie Brooks singled in the ninth. Mike Torrez pitched 11 shutout innings and came away with a no-decision.
7/23/96 – Doug Henry loses both games of a DH. In G2 he gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth as the Mets lost, 11-10. In the first game after the Mets scored six runs in the top of the eighth inning, Henry allowed three runs in the bottom of the frame.
5/20/99 – Robin Ventura first player in MLB history to hit grand slam in both games of a DH as the Mets swept the Brewers. In G1 he took Jim Abbott deep in the first inning in a game the Mets won, 11-10. In G2 he connected off Horacio Estrada in the fourth inning in a 10-1 laugher.
9/3/02 – The Marlins won in G1 in 12 innings, sending the Mets to a new NL record with 15 straight home losses. Previous mark of 14 straight set by the 1911 Boston Braves. The streak ended at 15, as the Mets won G2, 11-5.
9/6/06 – The Mets sweep the Braves in a DH, winning by a combined 12-1 score. Since then they are 1-7 in DH games against Atlanta.
9/24/11 – The second half of the season did not go well for the Mets, but on this day they swept the first place Phillies, sending Philadelphia to its seventh and eighth consecutive losses.
The Mets go up against Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner in today’s games. They are 1-3 lifetime against Lincecum and have yet to face Bumgarner. But it can’t be any worse than going up against Drysdale and Koufax in the prime of their careers, right?