NEW YORK -- Judging by the celebration, you wouldn't know the Mets' 8-3 win over the Braves on Tuesday night had any historical significance. A sudden rain sent many fans scattering for shelter minutes earlier, and the few who remained clapped politely as the Mets milled about and filed through the high-five line.
But when Justin Upton couldn't check his swing on a Jeurys Familia slider in the dirt for strike three to end it, the Mets became the 20th franchise in Major League history to win 4,000 games. All it took was a little imagination to turn the napkins and hot dog wrappers blown by the wind onto the field into confetti.
"That's pretty cool," said starter Jacob deGrom of being the pitcher of record for the big win. "I actually didn't know it till I saw it right after the game."
That victory tally averages out to about 76 wins per season since the Mets' inaugural 1962 campaign. Since then, the total numbers the club has put up are a bit mind-boggling: 71,086 hits in 283,807 at-bats for a .250 average, 34,111 runs scored -- compared to 35,143 runs allowed -- and a 3.77 ERA.
The Mets have also, of course, won two World Series in seven trips to the postseason. Nine-hundred and eighty-one players have suited up as Major Leaguers for the organization.
The club's all-time record is 4,000-4,374 (.478). They have the fewest wins of the four to enter the Major Leagues in 1961 or '62.
Tim Healey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.