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This day in baseball history: Mets roar into first place


Added 09-11-19 12:31:01am EST - “The New York Mets' come from behind victory over the Chicago Cubs in early July left the Mets believing they could catch the Cubs and win the NL East. When the Mets took a series from the Cubs later that month to pull within 3.5 games…” - Powerlineblog.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Powerlineblog.com: “This day in baseball history: Mets roar into first place”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The New York Mets’ come from behind victory over the Chicago Cubs in early July left the Mets believing they could catch the Cubs and win the NL East. When the Mets took a series from the Cubs later that month to pull within 3.5 games of the Cubs, they believed this even more.

After that, though, the Mets went into a tailspin. By mid-August, they trailed the Cubs by 9.5 games, and were in third place, a game behind St. Louis, the defending NL champs.

However, in the second half of August the Mets went 14-3. When September began, they were within 4 games of the Cubs. Everyone else was out of the race.

On September 8, when the Cubs came to New York for a two-game series against the Mets, their lead was down to 2.5 games. The Cubs were reeling, having just lost 4 games in a row.

The series opener was a pitching duel between Jerry Koosman and Bill Hands. Koosman was a Minnesota bred farm boy who, in contrast to fellow Mets ace Tom Seaver, wore his passion on his sleeve. It was said that Koosman, tough as nails, often drew the opponent’s best pitcher on the theory that the Mets shouldn’t “burn” Seaver, their ace.

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