Most games under .500: 13 (53-66, Aug. 17)
Finished: 82-79, first in NL East
Postseason: Won NLCS (3-2) over Reds; lost World Series (4-3) to Athletics
How they did it: Ya Gotta Believe! That was pitcher Tug McGraw's catchphrase, and the Mets certainly did, outpacing a crowded NL East field by winning five of their last seven games to clinch the title. Led by Cy Young Award winner Tom Seaver (19-10, 2.08 ERA, 2.57 FIP, 10.6 bWAR), New York went 19-8 in September to finish with a .509 winning percentage, the lowest of any pennant winner in baseball history.
(Photo: Mets reliever Tug McGraw winds up to throw against the Oakland Athletics during Game 5 of the World Series at Shea Stadium on Oct. 18, 1973.)