The Mets and Baltimore Orioles' most historically notable meeting came in the 1969 World Series. Since the inception of interleague play in 1997, though, the two teams have faced each other in ten different series. The most recent meetings came back in early May. Before this season, the Mets last played against the O's in June 2012 at Citi Field. Since then, the Mets have not made an appearance at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. With the Mets' next trip to Charm City coming up, let's reminisce about the last series played between the two franchises in Baltimore, which came in June 2010.
Game One: June 11, 2010
The Mets came into this series hot, winning six of eight before making the trip to Camden Yards. R.A. Dickey squared off against Jeremy Guthrie, and the knuckleballer went seven strong, giving up one run and striking out eight. The Mets' offense, led by a three-run home run by Chris "The Animal" Carter, backed Dickey with ten hits and five runs.
Final score: Mets 5, Orioles 1
Game Two: June 12, 2010
This Saturday night game featured a battle of two southpaws, as Hisanori Takahashi took on Brian Matusz. Jose Reyes led off the game with a home run, but the O's answered in the bottom of the first. The game remained tied 1-1 until the top of the sixth, when David Wright drove in Ruben Tejada with a fielder's choice. Takahashi held Baltimore to only one run, going seven innings and striking out two. Jeff Francoeur added to the Mets' lead with a homer off Matusz in the top of the eighth. Pedro Feliciano kept the Orioles off the board in the bottom of the frame, and Francisco Rodriguez picked up the save in the ninth.
Final Score: Mets 3, Orioles 1
Game Three: June 13, 2010
The series finale featured a doozy of a matchup, as Mike Pelfrey and Kevin Millwood did battle. To give perspective of where the franchise was at this point in time, Jesus Feliciano started this game in right field for the Mets. New York put up five runs in the first inning via home runs from Wright and Carter. Pelfrey allowed three runs in the next two innings, but remained steady the rest of the way. Jason Bay hit a solo shot in the fifth. Wright added to the lead with a two-run blast in the sixth, giving plenty of run support for the Mets' pitching staff. Pelfrey came out after six solid innings, and Jenrry Mejia, Ryota Igarashi, and Raul Valdes finished the job. New York completes the sweep.
Final score: Mets 11, Orioles 4
The Mets left Baltimore with a record of 35-28; the O's were a horrific 17-46. The season, which looked promising for the Mets at one point, ended in same way as it did for the O's. Baltimore would soon fire manager Juan Samuel and replace him with Buck Showalter, a move that changed the course of the franchise. This was Jerry Manuel's last season as skipper of the Mets.
Not many players who appeared in this series still play for the Mets today. That's a good thing, though. The 2010 Mets, for a period of time, relied on Chris Carter and Jeff Francoeur for offense. If any names from this series evoke undesirable memories, just think of how far the team has come since this abominable roster. This year's series in Baltimore between the two clubs should feature genuine excitement and, without question, better teams.