Mets in the 1970s: 'Ya gotta Believe'

New York Mets relief pitcher Tug McGraw winds

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)

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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 Mets...

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