Mets' 1969, '86 WS teams in Dream Bracket 2

May 20th, 2020

NEW YORK -- Which Mets team was better, 1969 or 1986? How do those clubs compare to some of the other best in baseball history? Comparing teams across eras is never easy, but thanks to technology, it is possible. In conjunction with the makers of Out of the Park Baseball 21, Major League Baseball will begin Dream Bracket 2: Dream Seasons on Thursday to determine the greatest team of all time -- at least in one simulated scenario.

Fresh off the success of the original Dream Bracket, which pitted all-time franchise rosters against each other, Dream Bracket 2 will simulate games between 64 historical teams. The Mets have two entrants, both of them World Series winners: the 1969 club, which shocked the baseball world in rolling all the way to the title; and the ’86 team, which is widely considered to be one of the greatest of all time.

The entire bracket features two rosters from each MLB franchise, plus the 1994 Montreal Expos and three Negro Leagues teams. Each round features a best-of-seven matchup between teams in a single-elimination format.

In the National League’s Region 1, the 1969 Mets open against the '97 Marlins, another of the 34 World Series winners included in the bracket. Should they advance, the ’69 Mets could face teams more in line with their era, including the ’54 Giants, ’55 Dodgers, ’60 Pirates and ’69 Cubs. In addition to a pitching staff featuring Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman, the ’69 Mets will use a lineup including Tommie Agee, Ed Kranepool, Donn Clendenon and Ron Swoboda. Virtual Gil Hodges will be at the helm, utilizing many of the same platoons that helped his team click 51 years ago.

In the NL’s Region 2, the 1986 Mets’ potential path to the championship includes matchups versus NL East nemeses of varying eras: the ’94 Expos, ’95 Braves, 2008 Phillies and ’19 Nationals could all stand in their path to the Final Four. But their first battle will be against the 2018 Rockies. Superstars Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry will join Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter, Mookie Wilson and other Mets legends on the virtual field.

Fans can attempt to predict the bracket results at for a chance to win an MLB prize pack, featuring a $500 Fanatics gift card and more. The tournament will begin with round of 64 matchups on Thursday and Friday and run through the finals on June 8-9. Select game simulations will be streamed live on, as well as the MLB Network and MLB Twitch channels.