In true Royals fashion, K.C made a relentless comeback to defeat the New York Mets in Game 5 and clinch their first World Series championship in 30 years.
With that being said, the Mets season is sadly officially over after their 7-2 loss in extra innings to the Royals.
It was another late inning collapse that doomed the Mets in Game 5 and will be haunting them in the offseason to come.
So let’s recap this recent debacle by the Mets.
1. Matt Harvey's ace performance
Harvey had a chance to show the world that he is the true ace of the Mets pitching staff in their must win Game 5, and Matt Harvey did just that at Citi Field on Sunday night.
The Dark Knight pitched shutout ball in his first eight innings of work. He had 9 strikeouts and looked unhittable all night long. Just like his great outing against the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the NLCS, Harvey was proving that he is not only the ace of the Mets starting rotation, but one of the best pitchers in all of baseball.
The only problems that came up for Harvey in Game , was when he came out to try to finish the game out in the 9th inning. That’s where he allowed the first two Royals batters to reach base and K.C would ultimately tie the game to force extra innings.
Besides that ninth inning hiccup, Harvey pitched a gem that the Mets needed if they wanted to have a chance to win, plus most importantly he proved he can be that ace for them in the future.
2. Curtis Granderson smacks another WS home run
The Mets offense produced just four hits, but Curtis Granderson was once again a bright spot for New York.
The Grandy-Man hit a leadoff home run in the first inning that gave the Mets the early 1-0 lead. Trom the way Harvey was pitching, it could have been all the Mets needed to win the game.
Granderson had a good World Series for the Mets. He had a team-high 3 home runs and 5 RBIs in the series, not to mention drew 4 walks in the series to get on base a lot as well.
Overall it was a good series for Granderson, who did his part to get the Mets the early lead that they couldn’t protect.
1. 9th inning collapse:
For the second night in a row, the Mets blew a lead in late in the game. This time it happened in the 9th inning, when things went south for starter Matt Harvey. Harvey would walk Lorenzo Cain to start the inning and then give up an RBI double to Eric Hosmer.
That was it for Harvey, who be replaced by closer Jeurys Familia. Familia would go on to get Mike Moustakas to ground out to first, allowing Hosmer to advance to third on the play.
Then right on cue, another error in the field would cost the Mets. On the next play, Salvador Perez would ground out to third. On David Wright's throw to first, Hosmer would break towards home plate. Lucas Duda threw the ball away when trying to throw out Hosmer at home. Just like that, the Royals came from down 2-0 to start the inning to tie the game up.
The Mets play in the field was troubling throughout the World Series. They committed six errors in the entire series, and three crucial ones would cost them three games in the series.
2. Bullpen comes up short again in extra innings.
With the game still tied 2-2 in the top of the 12th, the Mets bullpen would fall apart again.
Reliever Addison Reed started off the inning by giving up a leadoff single to Perez. Fast-forward to the Royals having a runner on third and one out, Reed would give up an RBI single to a pinch hitter Christian Colon of all people, and the Royals would take the lead. That wasn’t it for the Royals offense, that would go on to pound out four more runs against the Mets bullpen in the inning. The five run inning spelled the end the Mets season and another poor outing by the Metropolitan bullpen.
In this World Series, the Mets squandered three late inning leads. Familia technically, even though really he shouldn’t because of the mistakes the Mets made in the field, had three blown saves. The bullpen in general could not keep up with the lights out performance of the Royals bullpen, and faltered under the pressure in these close game situations.
It was clear the Mets bullpen, besides Familia was one of their weaknesses coming into the postseason. It showed without a doubt in the World Series, and is why the Mets were sent home packing in Game 5.
The facts are that the Mets let this series get away from the against the Royals, and it’s gonna be a tough pill to swallow from now to the end of the offseason.
The Mets future though is real bright with the great starting pitching and young talent they have, which is why they can no doubt make it back to the World Series in 2016.