The New York Mets season is now on the brink. What looked like a possible victory over the Kansas City Royals, and a 2-2 series split through four games, with New York looking to Matt Harvey to take a possible 3-2 series lead on Sunday night was just that, a pipedream. The Mets lost Game 4 in the worst way possible thanks to an error from Daniel Murphy that may have cost the Mets everything. Who were the heroes and zeroes from Game 4 of the World Series? Let’s take a look.
Michael Conforto: What makes this Game 4 loss even more painful was the fact that Conforto was on his way to being the ultimate hero. The rookie left-fielder belted two monster home runs on Halloween night to help push the Mets to that 3-2 lead. Conforto is now hitting an even .300 in the World Series, and has shown the world, for that matter, that he will be a tremendous hitter beginning in 2016. Fantasy players, be ready.
Steven Matz: For a kid from Long Island making only his ninth professional start, Matz didn’t let the moment get too big for him. He was tremendous in Game 4, striking out five batters and allowing only two runs through five-plus innings. His best work came in the fifth when he got out of a 2-on, 2-out jam with a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning, by forcing Alcides Escobar to fly out to right.
Bartolo Colon and Jon Niese: What a spectacular job by this duo in the sixth inning to preserve a 3-2 Mets lead. Niese got both Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas out on ground balls, and Colon struck out Perez with the tying run at third base.
Salvador Perez: What a big night for the Royals catcher. Perez was 3-for-4 with a run scored and the icing-on-the-cake RBI in the eighth inning. Perez was tough to get out all night. The only guy that fooled him was Bartolo Colon.
Wade Davis: The guy is a beast for the Royals. The Kansas City closer nailed down the save with two shutout innings against the Mets.
Daniel Murphy: This is the obvious one here. Daniel Murphy has been the hero of the Mets entire postseason ride. From his string of six games with a home run, to leading the team in RBIs with 11, many were clamoring for the Mets to pay Murphy this off-season no matter what. Now? Who knows what Mets fans may think now? The error and his struggles at the plate in the World Series have not helped him.
Murphy had what should have been a tailor made ground ball for an out at first base in his grasp, but he let the ball slip right under his glove for a huge error that allowed Kansas City to tie the game. Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez followed with RBI base hits to make it 5-3. It was a play eerily similar to the Buckner play, only this time it was working against the Mets. Murphy deserves better. He has been tremendous this season; I hate to see him remembered for this one play.
Terry Collins: Collins made a lot of questionable calls in this Game 4 defeat. His first mistake was leaving Matz in the game in the sixth inning with a 3-1 lead. Matz proceeded to give up a run on a base hit before Jon Niese came in. Niese or Colon should have started the inning. Then, Collins made the curious decision to not take Tyler Clippard out after he walked his first batter in Ben Zobrist. The decision put the Mets in a precarious spot with two on and one out.
Yoenis Cespedes, David Wright and Lucas Duda: This trio was quiet again. Wright went 0-for-3 the night after driving in four in Game 3. Duda wasn’t any better as he went 0-for-4 at the plate and has done nothing in this World Series. Meanwhile, Cespedes continues to have a messy Ocotober. He was 1-for-4 with a weak single to right. He also got doubled up at first base on a grounder by Lucas Duda. Cespedes is costing himself a lot of money in free agency with his play in the postseason.
Outlook: The outlook is pretty bleak. The Mets are down to their last 27 outs in a series they probably feel they should be up 3-1 in were it not for all the mistakes they made in Games 1 and 4. If Matt Harvey ever wanted to prove that he is indeed the Dark Knight, and deserves one day to be paid like the best pitcher in the game, then he needs to shutdown the Royals over seven or eight innings and get the Mets back to KC for a Game 6.