A pair of highly unusual and coincidental ninth-inning rallies made Sunday somewhat of an anomaly in the everyday scheme of Major League Baseball. The New York Mets and the Houston Astros, who are both currently in first place in the National League East and American League West, respectively, came back to win games in which they were down three runs in the ninth inning with two outs and no runners on base.
That may not seem that rare a feat, but it was the first time in Mets franchise history that they had mounted that type of comeback. It was just the second time in Astros franchise history that the club had accomplished the feat.
Comebacks of this nature, as it turns out, are quite rare. Prior to Sunday, no other major league team had accomplished the feat, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, since the Detroit Tigers rallied in the tenth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians in 2012. So, for two teams to come back in that same fashion on the very same day? Well, it is not a common occurrence.