The 2015 New York Mets season is over. A season where the Mets came out of virtually nowhere to put together three incredible months in August, September and October concluded early Monday morning with a heartbreaking 7-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals in Game 5 of the World Series. It was a season to be proud of for sure, but let’s take a look at Game 5.
MATT HARVEY: No one will be remembered as a bigger hero in Game 5 than Matt Harvey. What a show by the Dark Knight. The Mets ace showed everyone why he is indeed the Dark Knight with his best performance of the season. For eight innings, Harvey had the Royals totally fooled. For much of the night he held a slim 1-0 lead, and still found ways to dominate the Royals, even when his teammates were doing nothing offensively.
Can’t blame Harvey for wanting to finish the game, and can’t blame Terry Collins for wanting him to finish it. The guy was outstanding. It is unfortunate that he truly couldn’t finish it.
CURTIS GRANDERSON: What a World Series Granderson had. Curtis had a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning that gave the Mets a 1-0 lead. Granderson was 1-for-4 with two runs scored in Game 5. Had the Mets won this World Series he would have been a candidate for MVP. He hit .250 (5-for-20) with three home runs and five RBI.
MICHAEL CONFORTO: What a World Series for this young man. He was 2-for-5 in Game 5, including a base hit in the ninth inning to avoid being the final out of the series. This guy is going to be a monster in the Majors in 2016.
ERIC HOSMER: Doesn’t win the Series MVP, which is odd considering he started the Royals comeback in the ninth inning against Harvey with a RBI double. Hosmer had a tremendous postseason with 17 RBI, and big hits in big spots for KC.
LORENZO CAIN: Three big hits for KC in Game 5, including the a three-run double to ice it in the 12th inning. Cain also scored the first run of the day for Kansas City in the ninth.
METS OFFENSE: What a nightmare for the Mets overall as a unit, offensively. In fact, their offense was offensive. New York was 0-for-5 with RISP, and left six men on base. The Mets hit only .215 as a team in the World Series. They scored only 17 runs and had an on base percentage of .261. That is not going to get it done.
TERRY COLLINS: I can’t fault him for wanting to put Harvey back out there for the ninth but he should never allow any player to talk him into making a move, when better judgment says go to the closer. 2) Collins should have pulled Harvey out after Cain’s base hit; instead he waited a batter too late like he did in Game 4.
DAVID WRIGHT and LUCAS DUDA: David Wright made a hideous mistake on the Salvador Perez grounder in the ninth that ultimately brought in Eric Hosmer to tie it. Clearly Hosmer was going on the play and Wright never saw him, opting to go to first without making sure the runner stayed. Even worse, he cut off Wilmur Flores who was supposed to be on that play. Lucas Duda hurried his throw home, when he actually had some time to make an accurate strike to the plate. The Duda error was the final dagger for the Mets.
JEURYS FAMILIA: Familia gets a zero in this World Series, since he now has the distinction as the first closer with three blown saves in the Fall Classic. That being said, it’s not all his fault. The Mets defense behind Familia failed the closer miserably in this series. By the way the Mets had the lead in each of the five games of this World Series, and ended up losing three games they could have easily won.
ADDISON REED: The Mets shaky pen was up to its old tricks again. Reed had a bad World Series, and it didn’t help that he allowed five runs, four earned, in the 12th inning of a 2-2 game.
OUTLOOK: Congratulations to the Kansas City Royals. They deserve to be World Champions for their gutty and gritty style of play. As for the Mets a long and intriguing offseason is about to begin. Can and will Sandy Alderson make the moves necessary to improve this team, as well as line up cash dollars to pay some of its young stars? We shall see. What a ride the 2015 season has truly been.