Despite coming up short in the World Series several Mets players played exceptionally well throughout the playoffs and in the World Series. Although Royals catcher Salvador Perez was named the World series most valuable player several players on the Mets deserve some recognition for their outstanding play in the final series of the year.
Many could contribute the Mets MVP title to the starting staff such as Matt Harvey who pitched 8 innings of 2 run balls in the final game 5 or Syndergaard who recorded the only win of the series. However Curtis Granderson quietly became one of the biggest contributors to the team in the closing games.
Granderson is an unlikely hero for the Mets who at age 34 seemed way past his prime over the last few seasons. In his first season with the Mets in 2014 he hit .227 with a .714 OPS, and in the pitcher friendly park of Citi field he only hit 20 home runs, down from 41 and 43 in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
This season and in the World Series was a different story. In 2015 he batted .259 with.821 OPS and 26 home runs. In his 5 World Series games leading off he batted .300 (6-20) with 5 RBIs, 4 walks, and three home runs. His three home runs in the World Series tied a Mets record. Don Glenedon also hit 3 in 1969.
Terry Collins certainly appreciated what the player has become for the Mets stating "“What he's done this year shows what kind of a player he can truly be, because he made a transition from what he was in New York as just a dead-pull, fly-ball guy, to a guy who got on base, because that's what we needed him to do.”
With batting coach Kevin Long instructing Granderson he has transformed into a free swinging strike out machine to a leadoff hitter who can get on base and best help the team while still maintaining the power to hit close to 30 home runs.
“That's a professional,” Collins said. “You have to realize what you have to do to help your club and then go do it, and Grandy has done it, said, ‘Look, I've got to get on base.’ You look up all season long, 90-something walks, and still had 25 homers. He may be the most valuable guy we've had all season long.
Granderson was one of the sole bright spots in the offense in the World Series and makes a strong candidate for their team World Series MVP. He played a crucial and undervalued role to their postseason success.