The New York Mets recently captured their first pennant in 15 years. How does this year’s team stack up against the 2000 team?
By Gregg Cambareri
Piazza. Alfonzo. Leiter. Benitez? Come on, you remember the 2000 New York Mets. Prior to this season, that was the last time the National League Pennant was in Queens. You can’t help but wonder–how would that team match up with the darlings of 2015?
Before we take a ride down memory lane, make sure you let the nostalgia sink in. The 2000 team was drastically different from this year’s squad. They didn’t have a young, fireballing rotation, nor did they have an outfielder half as talented as Yoenis Cespedes. Their bullpen was actually worse than this season’s bunch (hard to imagine, I know). They played at good ‘ol Shea Stadium, where Citi Field’s parking lot is now.
However, they won 94 games, 4 more than the current NL East champs. Let’s see how they match up.