Amazin’ Run, Not So Amazin’ Outcome
Last night was game 5 of the World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals. Before this year, both teams haven’t made it to the World Series since 1985 (Royals) and 1986 (Mets). The past four games prior to the one last night have been nothing shy of entertaining, two games that came down to the wire as well as two games where the score got a little lopsided. In the end, the Kansas City Royals were triumphant after defeating the Mets in Citi Field 7-2. Today, all Mets fans mourn the end of an amazin’ run, as well as celebrate the fact that they’ve made it as far as they did.
The series itself was very close. The Mets seemed to have the advantage in the beginning of the series since their pitching rotation was one of, if not, the best in the league. Between Harvey, deGrom, and Syndergaard starting with Familia closing, it seemed as if Kansas City was in for a struggle at the plate. However, the Royals proved that their contact hitting strategy would lead them to victory, averaging at least 9.5 hits per game. Moustakas, Hosmer, and Morales were some of the stand out players for the Royals both on the field as well as at the plate. Wright, Cespedes, and Granderson seemed to be the ones lighting the way for the Mets offensively, but it still wasn’t enough.
One story I think that is interesting in this series was all the hype around Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy. Before the finals, Murphy was averaging a home run a game and ended the Cubs series with a .529 batting average. In the World Series, Murphy’s luck seemed to have run dry as he went 3-20 at the plate with a .150 batting average. He was also responsible for two key plays, including a routine ground ball that could’ve changed the outcome of at least two of the five games in this series. Another loss that was big in last night’s game was the injury to Cespedes after a foul ball smacked him in the knee, making him unable to finish the game.
In both game 1 and game 5, the Mets carried the lead going into the 8th and 9th inning respectively. They somehow managed to let Kansas City’s bats get to them, and inevitably beat them. I don’t know too much on baseball, and for the most part only caught parts of games 2-4, but as a sports fan I was happy with the series. Sure it would’ve been nice to see the Mets pull it off and win a World Series (and give all of us Tri-State employees a reason to call out of work) but as they say “the better team won”. My condolences to the Mets and their fans for your loss. Look at it this way, at least you have the Giants, Jets, Bills, Devils, Islanders, Rangers, Sabres, Knicks, or Nets to root for now! You guys may go down as one of the best Met teams in recent memory, but just like Lorde said “You’ll never be Royals”.