With the end of the 2010s upon us, The Post polled 43 members of its sports department across a variety of categories to determine the best and worst of the decade. Through Dec. 31, we’ll be revealing how our staff voted. If our own debates are any indication, we expect you’ll have your own strong opinions, too. Here, we rank the best games of the decade:
1. 2011-12 Giants
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2. 2015 Mets
The Mets posted only three winning seasons in the decade, but one of them represented the city’s lone appearance in the World Series. Terry Collins’ team was 52-50 on July 31, two days after Wilmer Flores had cried on the field when he learned he was about to be traded. That potential deal with Milwaukee fell through, GM Sandy Alderson obtained slugger Yoenis Cespedes, Flores hit a walk-off home run against Washington and the Mets closed with a 38-22 run to win the NL East. Daniel Murphy batted .421 with seven homers in nine games in the NL playoffs — with Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey leading the pitching staff against the Dodgers and the Cubs — before a five-game loss to the Royals in the Fall Classic.
3. 2013-14 Rangers
The Rangers finally made it back to the Stanley Cup final 20 years after the ’94 Blueshirts had ended the franchise’s 54-year championship drought. Led by first-year coach Alain Vigneault, the Rangers overcame a 3-6-0 start (all on the road because of ongoing MSG renovations) to finish second in the newly created Metropolitan Division with 96 points. They upended top-seeded Pittsburgh in the second round of the playoffs, with Martin St. Louis scoring on Mother’s Day a few days after his mom had died. St. Louis added an overtime winner against Montreal in the Eastern Conference finals, but an electrifying run behind goalie Henrik Lundqvist (2.14 postseason GAA) ended with a five-game loss to the Kings — including three OT losses — in the championship round.
4. 2019 Yankees
Despite an MLB-record 30 players on the injured list, second-year manager Aaron Boone’s “savages” won 103 games and the AL East title before losing to Houston in six games in the ALCS. Breakout star Gleyber Torres (38 home runs) and unheralded free-agent signing DJ LeMahieu (fourth in AL MVP voting) were among just three position players (with Austin Romine) to be on the active roster all season. Hal Steinbrenner, Brian Cashman and the Yanks ended the year by poaching Houston co-ace Gerrit Cole with a whopping nine-year contract worth $324 million.
5. 2017 Yankees
Joe Girardi’s 10-year tenure as manager came to an end despite a gripping run to Game 7 of the ALCS against Houston. Stud rookie outfielder Aaron Judge attained cult hero status, belting 52 home runs (an MLB freshman record until the Mets’ Pete Alonso ripped 53 this year) and finishing runner-up to Mike Trout in AL MVP voting. The resilient Yanks overcame Luis Severino allowing three runs in one-third of an inning against Minnesota in the wild-card game — sparked by Didi Gregorius’ three-run homer in the bottom half of the first — and then an 0-2 hole in the AL Division Series against Cleveland, partly caused by an admitted gaffe by Girardi.
6. 2010-11 Jets
Gang Green went 11-5 in Rex Ryan’s second year at the helm, the Jets’ highest regular-season win total in any season since Bill Parcells’ squad went 12-4 in 1998. Ryan’s defense held Peyton Manning and the Colts to 16 points as the Jets advanced out of the wild-card round on Nick Folk’s field goal as time expired. Mark Sanchez threw three touchdown passes as the Jets upset the 14-2 Patriots, 28-21, in Foxborough to advance to the AFC Championship game. But they couldn’t come all the way back from a 24-point deficit in a 24-19 loss to Pittsburgh.
7. 2014-15 Rangers
One year after falling short against the Kings, the Rangers earned the Presidents’ Trophy with a league-best record of 53-22-7 (113 points). Rick Nash netted 42 goals, twice as many as any teammate, and backup goalie Cam Talbot registered a 2.21 GAA in 36 appearances, with Lundqvist missing significant time with a neck injury. Derek Stepan won Game 7 of the second round with an overtime goal against Washington, but Ben Bishop and Tampa Bay blanked the Blueshirts, 2-0, in Game 7 at MSG in the Eastern Conference finals.
8. 2012-13 Knicks
The Knicks were an outright disaster for nearly all of the past two decades, but the outlier was this 54-28 first-place finish under Mike Woodson. With a supporting cast of veterans with winning track records (Jason Kidd, Rasheed Wallace, Kenyon Martin), Carmelo Anthony led the league in scoring (28.7 ppg) and finished third in MVP voting. J.R. Smith also won the league’s Sixth Man award. The Knicks defeated Boston in the opening round of the playoffs — their lone series victory since 2000 — before losing to Indiana in six games in the second round.
9. 2011-12 Rangers
John Tortorella’s Rangers won the Atlantic Division (109 points) and Lundqvist was named winner of the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender for the only time in his career. Don’t blame the messenger, but The Post staff voted for the Rangers here instead of the Devils, who finished in fourth place but vanquished the Blueshirts in the Eastern Conference finals on Adam Henrique’s scramble goal in overtime in Game 6 at The Rock. (New Jersey lost to Los Angeles in the Stanley Cup Finals.)
10. 2009-10 Jets
Ryan’s first year as Eric Mangini’s replacement as Jets coach — and Sanchez’ rookie campaign — got the decade started in the right direction for New York sports with road playoff wins in January 2010 over Cincinnati and San Diego. Sanchez joined Baltimore’s Joe Flacco as the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history to win two playoff games, but he was bested by Peyton Manning in a 30-17 loss in the AFC title game after the Jets had held a 17-13 halftime lead.