The Mets Don’t Lose at Home

Last night, I was reflecting on past Mets playoff performances. The first ever Mets playoff game I attended was Pratts’ All Folks. I can still remember Steve Finley‘s whole body sag when he realized he didn’t rob the homerun. I remember once that happened, Shea Stadium erupted immediately.

The following year, I again went to Game Four of the NLDS. This time it was Bobby Jones‘ moment in the sun. Actually, it was a pretty miserable day like it is today, but I digress. Jones would pitch a one-hitter sending the Mets to the NLCS. 

After recalling those moments, something occurred to me that caused me to spend some time on Baseball Almanac. Here’s what I saw: 

October 8, 1999

Diamondbacks 2 – Mets 9

October 9, 1999
Diamondbacks 3 – Mets 4 (10 innings)

October 7, 2000
Giants 2 – Mets 3 (13 innings)

October 8, 2000
Giants 0 – Mets 4

October 4, 2006
Mets 6 – Dodgers 5

October 5, 2006
Mets 4 – Dodgers 1

That’s right. Since the inception of the Wild Card, the Mets have never lost an NLDS home game. They’re 6-0. Looking over the Mets history, they’ve never lost a five game series, and they’ve only lost one home game (1973) in a five game series. 

Some other interesting five game series facts:

  • The Mets have only played in one fifth and deciding game, which was a 7-2 victory in Cincinnati. 
  • The Mets have had homefield advantage only once in a best of five series (2006). 
  • In each division series, the Mets have faced a former Mets player: Kelly Stinnett (1999), Jeff Kent (2000 & 2006), Justin Turner (2015). 
  • The Mets have a 3-2 record in road NLDS games and 7-3 overall road record in best of five road games. 
  • Edgardo Alfonzo has hit four homeruns in the NLDS, making him the Mets All-Time NLDS leader. 

What does this all mean for the 2015 NLDS? To quote Dark Helmet, “Absolutely nothing!”  With that said, I’m hoping history will repeat itself. 

Lets Go Mets!