After a few near misses the Mets finally ran away with their Division in 1986. Now they had to face off with the Houston Astros for the NL pennant. The Astros pitching was led by 2 ex Mets: Nolan Ryan and Mike Scott. The series featured a number of comebacks by the Mets. I was hunting in the Arizona high country but managed to catch most of the game on radio won by a Lenny Dykstra homer in the bottom of the ninth. The weather that day mirrored the weather at Shea: overcast, cool and drizzly. Gary Carter won another game in extra innings with a single. The Mets produced another 9th inning comeback in game 6 led by Dykstra and Keith Hernandez. The score was tied going into extra innings when the Mets took the lead only to have Billy Hatcher (native of Williams, AZ) tie it with a monstrous home run. The Mets went ahead again only to see the Astros mount another comeback which fell short.
The World Series began at Shea against the Boston Red Sox. The Mets dropped the first game 1-0 and were blown out in game 2. The Mets won 2 out of 3 at Fenway led by Dykstra and Carter. The Mets won the last 2 games at Shea again mounting late game comebacks. They won game 6 despite being down 2 runs and down to their last strike thanks to a wild pitch and an improbable error by Bill Buckner. Game 7 was highlighted by home runs from Ray Knight and Darryl Strawberry. It was a bit strange and ironic seeing Tom Seaver sitting in the Red Sox dugout when the Mets won the World Series.