Mets in the 1970s: 'Ya gotta Believe'

New York Mets relief pitcher Tug McGraw winds

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New York Mets relief pitcher Tug McGraw winds up in the seventh inning of the fifth World Series game against the Oakland Athletics at Shea Stadium. The Mets won, 2-0, and took a 3-2 lead in the Series. (Oct. 18, 1973) (Credit: AP)

A short synopsis of the Mets in the 1970s.

1970-72: TREADING WATER

The Mets won 83 games in each of the three seasons after their Amazin' 1969, and although there were flashes of brilliance -- including Tom Seaver's 19-strikeout game against the expansion Padres -- he finished at 20-10 with a truly Amazin' 1.76 ERA, the fans were left wanting more.

After the 1971 season, the...

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