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NYBD World Series: ’73 Mets vs. ’09 Yankees

By Mike Silva ~ October 19th, 2011. Filed under: 1973 Mets vs. 2009 Yankees, Strat-O-Matic.

There will be World Series baseball in New York courtesy of NYBD.

Each year I conduct a sim series using the software of Strat-O-Matic, a game that I have been playing since 1987.

Starting tomorrow morning, we will recap what I hope to be an epic 7-game series between the 2009 Yankees and the 1973 Mets.

The Yanks will have home-field advantage due to their 103 wins in the regular season. The Mets won only 82 games in falling sort to Oakland, but they possess a deeper rotation than their Bronx counterparts with Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Jon Matlack, and the surprising George Stone. Can they shut down the powerful Yankees offense?  Mark Teixeira had an MVP-type season his first year in the Big Apple, A-Rod quietly hit 30 homers and drove in 100 runs, and Hideki Matsui capped his Yankees career with a World Series MVP. As a team they averaged 5.7 runs per game.

It’s the “Ya Gotta Believe” Tug McGraw Mets versus the Core 4′s final championship team.

Let’s see what the fans think, who do you believe will win this matchup?

You can also check out prior series

1986 Mets vs. 2008 Phillies

1986 Mets vs. 1998 Yankees

1969 Mets vs. 1978 Yankees

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7 Responses to NYBD World Series: ’73 Mets vs. ’09 Yankees

  1. Chuck

    I love this stuff, I’ve been playing strat-o-matic for years, both cards and on-line, and it’s awesome.

    I grew up in the sixties and re-playing those years always brings back memories for me of long-forgotten players.

    Yanks in five.

  2. Ken Bland

    Going from memory, as opposed to reviewing the ’73 Mets, this competition strikes me as an easy choice. I recall the ’73 Mets as being within the category of fortunate to get as far as they did. The rotation wasn’t past it’s prime, but getting close. I’ll add a game to Chuck’s prediction, and say the Mets pitching is good en8ugh to extend the series to 6 games before the Yanks wear them down.

    I also expect to be drastically wrong with that prediction based on looking up the results of the ’08 Phils vs. ’86 Mets. I’d have never in a million years have guessed the Phils would beat that Met club, let alone sweep ‘em. So if that happened, my expectation to have submitted a way off prediction won’t surprise me..

  3. Stu B

    @Ken: It’s fair to say that the ’73 Mets were fortunate to get as far as they did, but it’s way off base to say that the rotation was anywhere near being past its prime. Seaver was 28, Koosman was 30, Matlack was 23 and coming off his ROY season, and Stone was 26. Tug McGraw in the bullpen was 28. The rotation and McGraw were the main reasons the team got that far.

  4. Ken Bland

    @Stu – your point carries merit, and probably does explain why the 82-80 club got to the Series. I did say it was from memory, and while I’ll grant you the disagreement, I don’t know that my memory was totally off base, at least in terms of effecticveness. Koos probably pitched into some tough luck in ’73 (2.84 ERA), but his best 3 year period w/ the Mets was 69-71, Stone, whom I don’t remember was 12-3, but gave up 157 hits in 148 innings. Seaver and Tug, I didn’t check, no need to, but I wasn’t considering Tug, just the starters, and Seaver was Seaver. Matlack wasn’t exactly great that year (ERA 3.20, which isn’t bad, but not great), but it does look silly to associate 23 YOA with past prime. Not the 69 Mets for sure. So it was harsh to rush the group as a whole to getting tob the end of prime years, but not a year as a whole that makes you think of great pitching staffs. Certainly not one that leads me to believe they’d beat the ’09 Yanks in this particular matchup.

  5. Ralph C

    One thing to think about: in 1973 the pitchers had to hit in all World Series games. The 2009 World Series MVP was the Yankees’ Hideki Matsui, the team’s DH.

  6. Steve from Norfolk

    I was checking out some of your other sim series I noticed that in one of them (’86 Mets vs. ’99 Yankees), you have David Cone on the ’86 Mets squad. An alternate universe to your alternate universe? You can get relativity lost doing that! (Sci-fi geek humor intentional)

  7. Mike Silva

    Where do you see Cone? On the ’98 Yankees he was there, not the Mets

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