Endy Chavez, Yadier MolinaGetty ImagesGame 7 of the 2006 NLCS featured an amazing catch and a historic home run.

The 2006 NLCS came down to one highly memorable Game 7 between the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals, played 10 years ago Wednesday.

It pivoted one team closer to an eventual and unlikely World Series title and another on a multi-year run of frustration and despair.

The catch

This was a tension-filled pitcher’s duel early between Jeff Suppan and Oliver Perez, the latter of whom had a 6.55 ERA during the regular season and was pitching on three days rest. The Mets scored a run in the first inning and the Cardinals matched that in the second.

The Cardinals put two men on base in the third inning and fifth inning but didn’t score. The Mets put two on in the fourth but couldn’t score.

The sixth inning was eventful. With one out, Perez walked Jim Edmonds. Willie Randolph could have pulled Perez at that point but stuck with him and it looked like that would be a major issue when third baseman Scott Rolen crushed a fly ball to left field that appeared certain to be a go-ahead two-run home run.

Endy Chavez raced back, made a full leap and stretched his glove well over the fence. As the ball hit his glove, it took Chavez’s wrist back, but he hung on for dear life as he came back to the ground.

Edmonds was already around second base by this point and Chavez turned it into a double play, throwing to Jose Valentin, who relayed to Carlos Delgado at first base.

It is one of the most memorable defensive plays in postseason history. On the Mets side, it ranks along with the multiple great catches by Tommie Agee and the diving play by Ron Swoboda in the 1969 World Series.

Amazingly, in the bottom of the sixth, things almost came full circle. A Rolen error extended a Mets rally, but with the bases loaded and one out, Valentin struck out and Chavez flied out, giving the Cardinals a great escape of their own.

The home run

The score stayed even until the ninth inning, by which time both teams had gone to their bullpens. The Mets had reliable setup man Aaron Heilman on (and not closer Billy Wagner) and it was perhaps a danger sign when he walked Rolen on nine pitches with one out.

Heilman’s next pitch to Yadier Molina was crushed to left field. Chavez had no chance at this one. At the time, it was the fifth go-ahead home run in the ninth inning or later of a winner-take-all postseason game, joining Bill Mazeroski (1960 Pirates), Chris Chambliss (1976 Yankees), Rick Monday (1981 Dodgers) and Aaron Boone (2003 Yankees).

Molina hit .216 in the regular season, but .348 against the Mets in the LCS.

The strikeout

But the Mets, who tied the Yankees for the best record in baseball, would not go quietly into the night, down two runs against rookie Cardinals reliever Adam Wainwright.

They put the first two men on base, bringing up pinch-hitter Cliff Floyd. The Mets went for the win, meaning Floyd didn’t bunt. Instead, he struck out. Jose Reyes followed by a line drive to center that looked for a moment like it would be a hit. Instead Edmonds caught it for the second out, with a runner moving to third.

The Mets' last hope was Paul LoDuca, who told himself he’d try to hit a home run if he got the right pitch. He didn’t. But he did walk, loading the bases for Carlos Beltran.

There was no better hitter for this situation than Beltran. In 50 career postseason at-bats against the Cardinals, he was hitting .360 with seven home runs and 12 walks. He had also beaten the Cardinals with a walk-off home run earlier in the season.

Wainwright made it quick. Beltran fell behind 0-2 and took a big breaking curve down the middle for strike three. The Cardinals won the pennant.

AP Photo/Bill Kostroun

The aftermath

The 83-78 Cardinals won the World Series, the worst record for a World Series winner. The Mets were eliminated on the final scheduled day of the regular season in each of the next two years, then had six sub-.500 seasons before getting back to the World Series in 2015.

Suppan parlayed his NLCS MVP award into a four-year deal with the Brewers. He pitched six more seasons to a 4.96 ERA.

Molina has crushed the Mets since hitting that home run. Over the last 10 seasons, he's hitting .329 against them, though with only one home run in 222 at-bats. Mike Baxter's catch on Molina's fly ball to left field helped preserve Johan Santana's no-hitter.

Wainwright became one of the best pitchers in the majors. He led baseball in curveball strikeouts in 2009 and 2010 and ranked second after returning from injury in both 2012 and 2013. He didn't face the Mets again until 2010. His ERA in nine starts against them since this game is 4.58.

Beltran is still active and has hit 218 home runs over the last 10 seasons. He made the World Series in 2013 – with the Cardinals.

Chavez is still active as well. At age 38, he hit .345 in 95 games and won the batting title with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League this season.

They said it

"I was praying to God to keep that ball away from Endy Chavez."

-- Molina on his home run.

"We went to the last out of the last inning of the last game and we gave it our all. What else can you ask for?"

-- Mets GM Omar Minaya to the media after the game

Tim Tebow notches first hit of Arizona Fall League stint

October, 18, 2016
Oct 18

Tim TebowChristian Petersen/Getty Images)Tim Tebow snapped a 13 at-bat hitless streak in the Arizona Fall League with a line-drive single on Tuesday.

It might have taken him longer than he would have liked, but Tim Tebow finally has his first hit in the Arizona Fall League.

Tebow snapped his 0 for 13 drought in the league that features many of MLB's top upper-level prospects by hitting a line drive single to left field in his second at-bat with the Scottsdale Scorpions on Tuesday.

The single came against Mesa Solar Sox right-hander Duane Underwood Jr., a Chicago Cubs prospect who went 0-5 with a 4.91 ERA in 13 starts with Double-A Tennessee during the regular season.

Tebow started 0-for-9 in the Arizona Fall League, then took the weekend off to fulfill his duties as a college football analyst for ESPN. He returned to the diamond on Monday and went 0-for-3 before his breakthrough on Tuesday.

The Mets signed Tebow to a minor league deal worth $100,000 last month.

Information from ESPN's Adam Rubin contributed to this report.

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Kenley JansenGary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports

Could the New York Mets make a big splash this winter by signing Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen when he reaches free agency in a few weeks?

John Harper of the New York Daily News floats the idea, noting the Mets need to capitalize on their shrinking window as championship contenders. Bullpens have become more and more important in today’s game, and the Mets could pair Jansen with Jeurys Familia, who remains a top-shelf reliever despite his October struggles the past two seasons.

“Putting (Jansen) behind Familia, as well as Addison Reed, who is under contractual control for one more year, would create the type of super-pen that would allow Terry Collins to protect the likes of Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and the other starters coming back next season from their various injuries -- and make the Mets especially tough to beat in October,” writes Harper.

Jansen had 47 saves and a 1.83 ERA this season and is enjoying a big October with three saves and a 51-pitch effort in Game 5 of the National League Division Series in Washington. But there are whispers the Dodgers will pass on Jansen and pursue the Chicago Cubs' Aroldis Chapman, another elite closer who will reach free agency.

There has been little buzz as to the Mets’ interest in Jansen, especially since they will undoubtedly need some extra free-agent dollars to re-sign outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, assuming he opts out of his current contract.

Harper suggests Jansen could land a deal in the four-year, $54 million range, calling it "the best non-Cespedes money the Mets could spend."

-- Doug Mittler

Ojeda/BoydAP PhotosOil Can Boyd struggled, but Bob Ojeda dominated in Game 3.

Each week, we’ll commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1986 New York Mets championship run. We’ll focus on the memorable games, players, stories and stats and the journey of dominance taken by one of New York’s greatest baseball teams. We’ll be aided by media accounts from the New York papers (especially the Daily News, which published every article after the season in a book titled “Yes!”) as well as interviews past and present.

“Life is easy. The World Series is hard” wrote New York Daily News writer and editor Vic Ziegel in picking the Mets to win the World Series in the maximum seven games. And so it was for these Mets, the best regular-season team that baseball had in more than a decade, but one that struggled to get by the Astros in the NLCS. The Mets opponent in the World Series would be the Red Sox, who went the distance in ousting the Angels, rallying from a 3-1 deficit.

Game 1: Red Sox 1, Mets 0

For just about the entire season, the Mets got the big hit whenever it was needed. But that was not the case in Game 1 of the 1986 World Series. The Mets went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position against Red Sox starter Bruce Hurst, who stymied them for eight innings.

Their best chance came in the bottom of the sixth, when Keith Hernandez walked and Gary Carter signled. But Darryl Strawberry struck out looking and Ray Knight hit into a double play. The Red Sox capitalized in the seventh when Ron Darling walked Jim Rice and after a wild pitch, Rich Gedman’s ground ball went through Tim Teufel’s legs, scoring Rice.

It would be the second-most-talked-about ground ball through someone’s legs in the series.

The Mets went down in each of the next three innings, losing 1-0 and falling behind in the series, 1-0.

Stat of the day: Darling became the first pitcher in 65 years to pitch at least seven innings, allow no earned runs and be charged with a World Series loss. The last before him was Waite Hoyt for the 1921 Yankees against the Giants. The only pitcher since Darling to suffer this fate was John Smoltz for the 1996 Braves against the Yankees in Game 5 (a 1-0 loss).

They said it: “The ball just scooted on me. I didn’t get my glove down.” -- Tim Teufel.

Game 2: Red Sox 9, Mets 3

Game 2 was a highly anticipated matchup between Dwight Gooden and Roger Clemens that didn’t live up to its billing, as Gooden allowed six runs in five innings and Clemens yielded three in 4 1/3 innings. Home runs by Dave Henderson and Dwight Evans led the way in an 18-hit attack and a 9-3 Red Sox win.

Stat of the day: To that point, only one team had come back to win the World Series after losing the first two games at home -- the 1985 Royals, who dropped the first two to the Cardinals and won in seven games, with the help of a late-game rally in Game 6 (sound familiar?)

They said it: “We just haven’t done the things we’re capable of doing.” -- Davey Johnson.

Game 3: Mets 7, Red Sox 1

The most important game of the season for the 1986 Mets was this one, and the most important inning was the first one. It was there that the Mets made a statement that they were back in this series, scoring four times against Red Sox starter Oil Can Boyd. Highlights of the inning included Lenny Dykstra’s leadoff home run (one of four hits he had in the game) and a botched rundown, immediately followed by a two-run single by DH Danny Heep.

The game was essentially noncompetitive after that. Bob Ojeda allowed one run in seven innings and the Mets won, 7-1.

Stat of the day: The Mets have the most leadoff home runs in World Series history -- four, by Tommie Agee (1969 Game 3), Wayne Garrett (1973 Game 3), Dykstra (1986 Game 3) and Curtis Granderson (2015 Game 5).

They said it: “I think the only one who got mastered was him." -- Dykstra on Boyd, who said earlier in the series that he would ‘master’ the Mets.

Game 4: Mets 6, Red Sox 2

Red Sox manager John McNamara made a curious decision for Game 4. Rather than pitch Hurst on three days rest, he went to his No. 5 starter, Al Nipper against Darling. For three innings that decision held up fine, but then came a Gary Carter two-run home run and a Ray Knight RBI single that put the Mets up 3-0 through four.

Darling kept the Red Sox at arm's length and home runs by Dykstra and Carter added to the lead. The result was a 6-2 series-tying Mets win.

Stat of the day: Carter is the last catcher to hit two home runs in a World Series game. The others to do it were Yogi Berra (1956 Yankees), Gene Tenace (1972 Athletics) and Johnny Bench (1976 Reds).

They said it: “If we can continue to hit like this, the '27 Yankees couldn't beat us.’’ -- Ray Knight.

Game 5: Red Sox 4, Mets 2

A fully rested Hurst was up to the challenge. Gooden, pitching on short rest, was not, and was pulled three batters into the fifth inning. The Red Sox scored single runs in the second and third and tacked on two runs in the fifth inning to go ahead, 4-0.

The Mets got one shot to tie after that, scoring once against Hurst in both the eighth and ninth innings, but Dykstra struck out on three pitches to end the game. The Red Sox now led the series, 3-2.

Stat of the day: Red Sox first baseman Dave Stapleton entered the game as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning. This was the seventh time in the postseason that he entered a game as a defensive replacement. The Red Sox won all seven of those games. He never appeared in a postseason game again.

They said it: “Once again, it was a case of too much Bruce Hurst. He's got two good off-speed pitches that he keeps away from hitters, and a decent fastball than he runs in. If you have that combination, you can pitch anywhere.” -- Davey Johnson


PEORIA, Ariz. -- Tim Tebow remains hitless in the Arizona Fall League as the ex-quarterback heads to Knoxville for Saturday's SEC football showdown between top-ranked Alabama and No. 9 Tennessee.

Tebow went 0-for-3 with a walk, two strikeouts and a run scored Thursday as the designated hitter for the Scottsdale Scorpions in a 5-2 loss to the Peoria Javelinas.

Through three games in the league for top prospects, Tebow is now 0-for-9 with three strikeouts, two walks and an RBI. All of his six outs put in play have been hit to the right side of the infield -- two grounders to second base, three to first base and a squibber in front of the plate. He manned left field in his opening two games.

"I'm getting adjusted. I need to get back into the rhythm," Tebow said. "I was a little late on a couple of fastballs I could have done something with."

Scottsdale hitting coach Damon Minor, who played parts of four seasons with the San Francisco Giants, said, "He hasn't done it in a while. ... He's very athletic, and you can tell he competes."

Tebow is excused from Friday and Saturday AFL games because of his ESPN broadcasting responsibilities. The AFL is dark on Sundays, so Tebow will resume his baseball pursuit on Monday.

Coincidentally, the New York Jets -- one of Tebow's former employers -- will be playing nearby against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday. However, Tebow will be unable to attend because the Scorpions have the AFL's lone night game on Monday.

Tebow signed a minor league deal for $100,000 with the Mets last month.

"The progress is being made," said Scottsdale manager Tom Goodwin, who also serves as the first-base coach for the Mets. "It's slowly but surely coming along. He's got some TV obligations to fulfill, and he'll come back Monday and he'll be ready to go."

Goodwin said Tebow does not seem overmatched.

"I'm sure he's said it to you before: He's missing pitches that he should hit," Goodwin said. "He's rolling over [pitches] right now. That's going to happen, because you're anxious up there. You want to hit the ball. So you go out and get it instead of letting it travel a little deeper.

"Every time he comes out and plays, I would expect him to get better at that. And then he's going to have to learn, when he gets his pitch to hit, to not miss it. There are a couple of balls, I'm sure, he feels he should have hit that he's not hitting. That's a part of baseball. That's a part of learning your strike zone and learning your bat path, and then putting a good swing on the ball that happens to be in your path."

The employees at Peoria Sports Complex, the spring training home of the Seattle Mariners

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What happens when you put the New York Yankees' top prospect, Gleyber Torres, with the New York Mets' most popular prospect, Tim Tebow? A selfie, of course.

Feast your eyes on the future of New York.

Both Torres and Tebow are members of the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League.

They're all smiles now, but let's see how they look in a few years if they're embedded within one of MLB's biggest inner-city rivalries.

-- Courtney Schellin

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Terry Collins said 2017 may be his final year as manager of the New York Mets, but he will wait until after that season to gauge how he feels physically before deciding.

"I just need to re-evaluate at the end of this coming year what's going on, where I am, how I'm feeling," Collins told ESPN.com on Thursday. "I've always said a lot of it will be dictated by how I'm feeling. This was a tough year."

In June, Collins was hospitalized overnight in Milwaukee and missed the series finale against the Brewers at Miller Park after becoming ill pregame. He said that medical issue did not resurface, but the physical demands of the job can be challenging. Collins, who at 67 is the oldest manager in MLB, felt particularly worn down when the Mets had to play a day game on Labor Day in Cincinnati after playing in New York the previous night on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.

Asked whether next season would be his last if next October he feels physically like he does now, Collins said: "That's right."

He added about the travel: "It takes a toll on everybody. You talk to the players. If you noticed, that [Labor Day game] was the day we gave everybody off because they were stinking beat. This travel is hard, especially with the late-night scheduling that is prevalent throughout baseball. There are so many night games where you're traveling after the game and getting into towns at 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning. And the next thing you know, if you ever have a day game pop up on you, it's tough to do."

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Tim Tebow insisted it was an easy decision to remain with a man who had suffered a seizure and briefly lost consciousness while seeking an autograph following the ex-quarterback's Arizona Fall League baseball debut.

The 30-year-old man, identified as Brandon Berry of Avondale, Arizona, was released from the hospital on Tuesday, the same day as the incident.

"Let me ask you a question: What would be more important, that I go to the locker room and I get on the bus and we get back a little bit quicker?" Tebow said Wednesday. "In my opinion, it's not even a choice. It's the right thing to do. It's what you're supposed to do, in my opinion.

"You just try to, in those moments, be there for people to help people. Because there is not a bigger, better, greater thing you can do in life than to be there for people in a time of need to help them."

Tebow acknowledged that Berry regained consciousness as he placed a hand on Berry to pray.

"The guy that I was signing for, he turned to his right, and I could see on his face something happened," Tebow said. "So then I looked over. I saw Brandon, right as he was getting to the ground and going into a seizure. I just wanted to be there and pray for him."

Tebow said he plans to reconnect with Berry soon.

Tebow kept the mood light after Berry regained consciousness by asking if he liked Batman. Tebow later gave Berry a hard time about being a Georgia football fan.

"He was wearing a Batman shirt," Tebow said. "... In my opinion, when people are going through some really tough times, they still want to be treated normal. And they still want to be treated like a friend -- not necessarily just coddled."

Tebow said the incident put into the proper context his 0-for-3 Arizona Fall League debut earlier that afternoon.

He noted that while he played for the Denver Broncos

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Bob Holtzman tells the story of Tim Tebow coming to the aid of a fan who had a seizure in the stands during Tuesday's Arizona Fall League game.

Bob Holtzman/ESPNTim Tebow didn't do much at the plate on Tuesday, but he did assist a man who had a seizure after the Arizona Fall League game.

PHOENIX -- In the shadows of University of Phoenix Stadium, where he won a college football national championship with the Florida Gators in 2007, Tim Tebow's sternest baseball test yet got off to a quiet start.

After fouling off a pair of full-count pitches from Washington Nationals prospect Austin Voth, Tebow grounded out to second base in his first Arizona Fall League at-bat. He went on to finish 0-for-3 with a pair of groundouts and a squibber in front of the plate, as his Scottsdale Scorpions beat the Glendale Desert Dogs 9-6 before an announced crowd of 912 at Camelback Ranch on Tuesday.

"Obviously, I wish I could have done a little bit more at the plate and got a couple of hits," Tebow said after his AFL debut. "But it was fun. You've got to knock a little rust off. ... Each day is not just about the result. It's about: What are you learning? How are you improving? How are you going to be able to take that over into spring training?"

On opening day in the league for top prospects, Tebow also caught a routine fly ball and slammed into the wall while pursuing another shot. He logged five innings in left field.

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This week in the 1986 Mets (Game 3 through 6)

October, 11, 2016
Oct 11

Getty ImagesLenny Dykstra's home run in Game 3 was one of many huge hits for the Mets.

Each week, we’ll commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1986 New York Mets championship run. We’ll focus on the memorable games, players, stories and stats and the journey of dominance taken by one of New York’s greatest baseball teams. We’ll be aided by media accounts from the New York papers (especially the Daily News, which published every article after the season in a book titled “Yes!”) as well as interviews past and present.

After one of the most dominant regular seasons in baseball history, the Mets began what would be an epic postseason run. Their NLCS matchup was an Astros team that played the Mets tough during the regular season, and showed immediately that it would not be intimidated by the daunting task in front of them.

NLCS Game 3: Mets 6, Astros 5

This is a game the Mets absolutely should not have won. But then again, given all we’ve written about this team, no type of Mets win should surprise you They trailed Bob Knepper and the Astros, 4-0, after 5 innings.

The game turned for the first time in a 55-second stretch when with two on, Gary Carter reached on an error by shortstop Craig Reynolds, allowing the tying run to score. Darryl Strawberry hit Knepper’s next pitch a mile to right field for a game-tying three-run homer.

The Astros retook the lead in the seventh inning, aided by a Ray Knight throwing error that allowed a baserunner to go from first to third. The score stayed that way until the bottom of the ninth. Wally Backman led off the inning by beating out a drag bunt (the Astros argued unsuccessfully that he went out of the basepath illegally).

After Danny Heep flied out, Lenny Dykstra golfed a 1-1 Dave Smith pitch, high, far and gone to right field, giving the Mets a 6-5 win.

Stat of the Game: This was the first postseason walk-off home run to come when trailing at the time. There have been two since – Kirk Gibson in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series and Joe Carter’s World Series-winning home run in Game 6 of the 1993 World Series.

They said it: Lenny does like to swing for the fences,' Davey Johnson said, `and this is one time I'm inclined to forgive him.” – Mets manager Davey Johnson

NLCS Game 4: Astros 3, Mets 1

For the second time in the series, Mike Scott stymied the Mets, holding them to four hits over nine innings. The Astros managed only three, but two were home runs by Alan Ashby and Dickie Thon and that was enough to even the series with a 3-1 win.

Stat of the Game: Scott and Madison Bumgarner are the only two pitchers to throw a postseason complete game against the Mets on the road.

They said it: " "We believed in ourselves and our ability to come in here and beat the Mets in their own ballpark all along. But I'm sure that after what happened the other day, a lot of people out there didn't believe it.” – Astros infielder Bill Doran.

NLCS Game 5: Mets 2, Astros 1 (12)

This game was an as good-as-it-gets pitcher’s duel between Mets ace Dwight Gooden and future Hall-of-Famer Nolan Ryan. The Astros scored in the fifth inning and probably should have scored earlier too, but the Mets caught a break when Craig Reynolds was called out at first on a double play, though replays showed he was likely safe.

Ryan retired the first 13 hitters before Strawberry tagged him for a game-tying home run down the right field line.

The game stayed tied through nine innings and Davey Johnson did something he’d not done before – allowed Dwight Gooden to pitch the 10th. Gooden survived it, getting Billy Hatcher to fly out with two men on base. He then yielded to Jesse Orosco, who kept the game even until the bottom of the 12th.

Again it was Backman setting the table, reaching on a hard ground ball off the third baseman. An error by Astros pitcher Charlie Kerfeld moved him to second base. Keith Hernandez was intentionally walked, bringing up Carter, who was 1-for-21 in the series.

In Game 3, Kerfeld retired Carter with a behind-the-back snag. It wouldn’t end as well for him this time. On the eighth pitch of the at-bat, Carter grounded one past Kerfeld into centerfield. Backman raced home and sent the Mets to Houston with a 3-2 series lead.

Stat of the Game: Two Mets have had two go-ahead hits in the ninth inning or later of a postseason game – Gary Carter and Jay Payton. Carter’s other one came in Game 1 of the 1988 NLCS against the Dodgers

They said it: “I’m not an .050 hitter.” – Gary Carter.

NLCS Game 6: Mets 7, Astros 6 (16)

The epic of epics in Mets history, a marathon of a game that is worthy of it often being billed as the best postseason game of all-time. The Astros scored three runs in the first inning and that’s all the scoring there was until the ninth inning.

Knepper again shut down the Mets, holding them to two hits through eight innings. Scott loomed in Game 7 as the ninth inning began with Dykstra, pinch-hitting, fell behind 1-2. This time he golfed a fly ball to right center that Hatcher just missed. It fell in for a triple. Knepper than got ahead of Wilson 0-2 and yielded a soft liner to second that Bill Doran leapt for and again just missed. One out later, Hernandez hit a fly ball into the gap that Hatcher couldn’t reach. Suddenly it was 3-2, with the tying run on second.

Knepper was taken out in favor of Smith, but Smith walked both Carter and Strawberry to load the bases for Ray Knight. Knight fell behind 0-2, got the count back to 2-2 and hit a fly ball to right center that brought home the tying run.

Roger McDowell then became the Mets unsung hero, throwing scoreless relief from the ninth inning through the 13th, allowing one hit. Larry Anderson played a similar role, with three scoreless innings from the 11th to the 13th.

In the 14th, Aurelio Lopez came in for the Astros and the Mets went to work, scoring on Backman’s hit, but missing a chance for more runs when they couldn’t cash in on second and third with one out. That became notable when Billy Hatcher homered off the foul pole with one out in the bottom of the 14th.

In the 16th, the Mets broke through for three runs. Knight, who had bunted in the 14th inning, was allowed to swing away and got a hit that drove in the go-ahead run.

That left it to Orosco to close it in the bottom of the 16th. Pitching his fifth inning in two days, he allowed run-scoring singles to Hatcher and Glenn Davis. The game came down to him against Kevin Bass. Orosco threw six straight sliders, the last of which Bass swung over the top of for strike three. The Mets were NL champions, but it wasn’t easy.

Stat of the Game: Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Knight is the fifth player to drive in the tying run in the ninth inning and the winning run in extra innings of a postseason game (others: Dave Henderson, Roberto Alomar, David Freese and Raul Ibanez).. Knight is the only player to do that in a series-clinching game.

They said it: “The World Series will have to be an anticlimax. This was a series to enthrall the world.” – Chicago Sun-Times.


Bob Holtzman weighs in on what skeptics will be looking for in Tim Tebow's game in order for him to prove that he is deserving of playing baseball at the highest level.

Tom GoodwinAdam Rubin/ESPNMets first-base coach Tom Goodwin, center, will make his debut as manager of the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday afternoon. The team consists of prospects from the Mets, Yankees, Angels, Phillies and Giants.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Tom Goodwin played in the major leagues for 14 seasons. And he has served as first-base coach for the New York Mets since 2011.

Now, the 48-year-old Goodwin is ready for a relatively new experience. Goodwin will make his debut as manager of the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday afternoon. He will lead a group of prospects from the Mets, Yankees, Angels, Phillies and Giants.

"It's always good to have on your resume," said Goodwin, whose only previous managerial experience came in 2007 with the Lewisville (Texas) Lizards, in their lone season of existence in the short-lived Continental Baseball League. "But as far as having any aspirations to manage, not just yet. I'll have to see how this goes."

Of course, Goodwin would have preferred still being busy with the Mets to managing Tim Tebow and Mets prospects, including Gavin Cecchini and Champ Stuart, in the AFL. The Mets had dispatched Double-A Binghamton manager Pedro Lopez to Arizona to fill in for Goodwin in case the major league team was still active and playing in a postseason division series. But with the Mets losing to the Giants in the wild-card game, Goodwin arrived in time to lead Monday night's workout on the eve of the AFL season opener.

Lopez assisted Goodwin on Monday but will only remain through Thursday.

"He'll just be here for a couple of days to get me off and running a little bit," Goodwin said. "And then they've got to take the training wheels off. And it's going to be a little wobbly. So we'll see if I can get it under control."

Goodwin acknowledged still feeling a sting from the Mets getting bounced in the wild-card game after reaching the World Series in 2015. Noah Syndergaard and Madison Bumgarner took a scoreless duel into the latter innings, but the Mets lost 3-0 on Conor Gillaspie's homer against closer Jeurys Familia.

"We were in there watching it right now," Goodwin said after Monday's workout, referring to the division-series games. "It's going to be something that's not going to go away until we strap it on in spring training and come back out next year. We gave it a ride. We were right there. We were right where we wanted to be. After we had all the injuries and all the setbacks that we had, the guys stepped up and played tremendously. I couldn't be more proud."

Goodwin joked that Mets manager Terry Collins was going to let him depart to manage in the AFL even if the Mets were still playing.

"I was going to be here," Goodwin quipped. "They were going to send somebody else to coach first base. That's what Terry said: 'Send him. Let him go.'"



Bartolo Colon
15 3.43 128 191
BAA. Cabrera .280
HRY. Cespedes 31
RBIY. Cespedes 86
RC. Granderson 88
OPSY. Cespedes .884
ERAN. Syndergaard 2.60
SON. Syndergaard 218