The Royals defeated the Mes by a score of 7-2 in 12 innings, capturing the 2015 World Series title. The Mets took a 2-0 lead into the 9th behind a dominant Matt Harvey, but a walk to Lorenzo Cain, a steal of 2nd, and a double by Eric Hosmer put the tying run on 2nd base with no one out. Jeurys Familia got Mike Moustakas to ground out to 1st, advancing Hosmer, and he got Salvador Perez to ground to 3rd base. David Wright looked Hosmer back a few feet to 3rd, but as Wright threw to 1st, Hosmer broke for the plate and scored on Lucas Duda‘s errant throw. The game continued until the 12th, when the Royals turned a bloop single, a steal, another Daniel Murphy error, and a couple of doubles into 5 runs against Addison Reed and Bartolo Colon.
The Mets got off to a quick start, with a leadoff home run to center by Curtis Granderson to give the Mets an early 1-0 lead. The Mets held the lead for 5 innings, as Matt Harvey and Edinson Volquez put up dueling zeroes. The Mets tacked on in the 6th, loading the bases with no one out on a walk, a single, and a fielding error by Eric Hosmer. However, the Mets were only able to score one run, on a sacrifice fly by Lucas Duda (one batter after Yoenis Cespedes fouled a ball off his kneecap – Cespedes would leave the game with a knee contusion).
Harvey pitched through 8 shutout innings, and convinced his manager to send him out for the 9th (at 102 pitches). Harvey walked Lorenzo Cain, Cain stole 2nd, and Eric Hosmer doubled to left, chasing Harvey from the game, with a narrow 2-1 lead intact and the tying run at 2nd with no one out. Jeurys Familia got Mike Moustakas to ground out to first, advancing Hosmer to 3rd. Familia then got Salvador Perez to hit a soft grounder to 3rd, and after David Wright briefly looked Hosmer back to the base, Hosmer broke for home on Wright’s throw to 1st. Lucas Duda then threw the ball to the backstop, which with an accurate throw, would have been a game-ending double play.
Familia got through the inning, and the bullpens traded zeroes until the 12th. Salvador Perez hit a bloop into right field, just inside the line, and pinch runner Jarrod Dyson promptly stole 2nd. A grounder advanced Dyson to 3rd, and Addison Reed gave up an RBI single to pinch hitter Christian Colon to give the Royals a 3-2 lead. Paulo Orlando then reached on a force attempt error by Daniel Murphy, and Alcides Escobar doubled in another run to make it 4-2 and put runners on 2nd and 3rd. Reed walked Zobrist, before Bartolo Colon entered and served up a bases-clearing double to Lorenzo Cain. Colon got the next two, but the damage was done, and the Royals had a 7-2 lead. Wade Davis entered to close the game for Kansas City, and allowed only a 2-out single to Michael Conforto as Kansas City captured their first World Series title in 30 years.
Game and series opinions coming, as well as WPA data for this post. For now, sleep.
The Royals defeated the Mets by a score of 5-3, storming back late against the Mets bullpen. The Mets had a 3-1 lead at one point, due in most part to two solo home runs by Michael Conforto, but the Royals came back in the 8th, scoring 3 runs off of Jeurys Familia after Tyler Clippard had issued back-to-back one out walks and Daniel Murphy made a key erro. The loss puts the Mets down in the series 3 games to 1, and they must win 3 in a row to win the World Series.
Both starters cruised through their first two innings, with Steven Matz working around a couple of hits (including an interference call on a would-be stolen base in the 1st). In the 3rd, the Mets struck first against Chris Young on a long home run down the right field line for Michael Conforto to give them a 1-0 lead.
Wilmer Flores followed with a single, and advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch before Matz bunted him to 3rd. Curtis Granderson then hit a sacrifice fly to right, on which it appeared right fielder Alex Rios forgot how many outs there were. Rios’s mistake gave Wilmer Flores an extra second to beat the throw home, and though the Royals challenged that Flores left too early, the call stood.
The Royals struck back for a run in the 5th, after a Salvador Perez double booted in center by Yoenis Cespedes. Alex Gordon singled him in to make it 2-1, but Matz was able to work out of trouble, retiring the next 3 hitters. Michael Conforto tacked on a second solo home run in the bottom of the 5th to make it 3-1, but the Royals struck back again in the 6th. Ben Zobrist doubled to lead off the frame, followed by an RBI single by Lorenzo Cain, chasing Matz from the game. Though Cain stole 2nd, Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon combined to get out of the jam with a 3-2 lead.
Addison Reed pitched a 1-2-3 7th before Tyler Clippard ran into trouble in the 8th. After retiring Alcides Escobar, Clippard walked Zobrist and Cain, prompting Terry Collins to bring in Jeurys Familia to try to get a 5-out save. Eric Hosmer sent a slow ground ball to Daniel Murphy that scooted under his glove, scoring a run and putting runners at the corners. The game was tied at 3 on a play that should have put runners on 2nd and 3rd with two outs. Singles to Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez put the Royals up 5-3, before Familia got Alex Gordon to ground into a double play to end the inning.
The Mets were quiet against closer Wade Davis in the bottom of the 8th as he tried for a 6-out save, but they began to put a rally together in the bottom of the 9th. With 1 out, Daniel Murphy and Yoenis Cespedes each singled, putting the tying run on first and the winning run at the plate with one out. Lucas Duda hit a weak bloop to 3rd base, caught by Mike Moustakas on the fly and flipped to first for a game-ending double play, as Yoenis Cespedes was caught way off 1st base.
POSITIVES: Being down 3-1 in the World Series, there aren’t many. Steven Matz and Addison Reed were solid as ever, with Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon getting key outs. Michael Conforto hit two home runs before being lifted for defense. Hansel Robles pitched a clean 9th after the Mets had fallen behind 5-3.
NEGATIVES: Murphy’s error could very well have cost the Mets the game, but Tyler Clippard walked back-to-back hitters with 1 out to set up the fiasco. Jeurys Familia couldn’t get out of the jam cleanly, though he did get a couple of ground balls at first. Yoenis Cespedes ruined any outside shot at a 2-out 9th inning rally by getting doubled off 1st base. Cespedes also booted a ball earlier in the game that led to a run.
This was a game that summarized Mets fans’ fears. Weak middle relief, weak defense, and an inability to hit the Kansas City bullpen (save for a solo shot by Conforto against Danny Duffy) sealed their fate. On top of that, 2 runs in 4 innings against Chris Young won’t cut it, especially when they’ll face Volquez tomorrow, plus Cueto and Ventura if the series continues past tomorrow.
WPA Winner: Michael Conforto (.239)
- Jeurys Familia (-.555)
- Lucas Duda (-.207)
- Tyler Clippard (-.099)
- Michael Conforto hits a solo home run, Mets up 1-0, 3rd inning (.136)
- Michael Conforto hits a solo home run, Mets up 3-1, 5th inning (.111)
- Eric Hosmer reaches on a fielding error by Daniel Murphy, Ben Zobrist scores. Game tied 3-3, 8th inning (-.341)
- Mike Moustakas hits an RBI single, Royals up 4-3, 8th inning (-.186)
- Lucas Duda lines into a double play with runners on 1st and 2nd and 1 out, 9th inning, Royals up 5-3 (-.169)
- Lorenzo Cain hits an RBI single, Mets up 3-2, 6th inning (-.106)
- Alex Gordon hits an RBI single, Mets up 2-1, 5th inning (-.103)
The Mets fell to the Royals in game 1 of the World Series in 14 innings. The Mets had a 3-1 lead going into the 6th inning and a 4-3 lead after 7, but the Royals tied the game in the 9th when Alex Gordon homered off of Jeurys Familia. The bullpens held the score tied at 4 until the 14th, when a David Wright error and a single put runners on the corners with no one out. An intentional walk to Lorenzo Cain set up Eric Hosmer for a walk-off sacrifice fly to right.
The Royals got off to the fast start in game 1, when Alcides Escobar hit Matt Harvey‘s first pitch fastball into the left-center field gap for an inside the park home run, after caroming off of Yoenis Cespedes‘s leg. The Royals had a 1-0 lead.
The Mets did not get their first hit or first run until the 4th inning. Daniel Murphy singled to lead off the inning, Lucas Duda singled with 1 out, and Travis d’Arnaud hit a sharp single to third baseman Mike Moustakas that he couldn’t handle to score the Mets’ first run of the game. The score was tied at 1.
In the 5th, Curtis Granderson homered with one out to make it 2-1 Mets. In the 6th, back-to-back singles by Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda set the stage for a sacrifice fly by Michael Conforto to give the Mets a 3-1 lead.
Matt Harvey was very solid through the first 5 innings, having allowed only 2 hits, a run, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. In the 6th, Harvey gave up a leadoff double to Ben Zobrist and a single to Lorenzo Cain to put runners at the corners with no one out. Eric Hosmer hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-2, and Lorenzo Cain stole 2nd to put the tying run in scoring position. Kendrys Morales grounded to Harvey, but Mike Moustakas lined a game-tying single to center. The game was tied at 3.
The Mets scored in the top of the 7th after a 2-out single by defensive sub Juan Lagares, a stolen base, and a fielding error by Eric Hosmer on a grounder by Wilmer Flores. The Mets took a 4-3 lead. Tyler Clippard allowed a leadoff double in the 8th to Zobrist, but struck out Cain and Hosmer before walking Morales and being lifted for Jeurys Familia. Familia got Mike Moustakas to ground out to end the threat, but with 1 out in the 9th, Familia allowed a game-tying solo home run to Alex Gordon.
From there on, the bullpens battled and put up matching zeroes until the 14th. For the Mets, Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon pitched 2 scoreless innings apiece, with Colon working into and out of trouble. For the Royals, the Mets were held in check by single innings from Wade Davis and Ryan Madson, before Chris Young pitched 3 scoreless.
In the 14th, Colon allowed a leadoff baserunner on a grounder by Alcides Escobar, in which David Wright’s throw pulled Lucas Duda off the base (though on a second viewing, it looks like Escobar had the ball beat anyway). A single by Ben Zobrist put runners on the corners with no one out, forcing Colon to walk Lorenzo Cain to load the bases, putting a force at every base. Eric Hosmer hit a fly ball to right field, and Escobar tagged to score from 3rd to give the Royals the 5-4 walk-off victory.
POSITIVES: Juan Lagares had quite a game off the bench, and was 2/3 with a steal and a run scored. Lagares fought off multiple tough pitches from Kelvin Herrera in the 7th before getting on base and eventually scoring the go-ahead run. Harvey was solid through 6, but not dominant. Addison Reed and Jon Niese were especially strong out of the bullpen, and Tyler Clippard got two huge outs after allowing a leadoff double. Bartolo Colon was solid, but eventually the Royals were able to bunch up a couple of baserunners with no one out.
NEGATIVES: Michael Cuddyer was 0/3 with 3 strikeouts as a replacement for Kelly Johnson as DH. Wilmer Flores was 0/4 with a walk, but that doesn’t consider a couple of hard-hit balls and that the ball he hit in the 7th to score Lagares probably should have been ruled a hit instead of an error on Eric Hosmer. Flores also made a couple of very strong defensive plays. David Wright was 2/7, but did not come up big in key situations, and had a couple of throwing issues. Jeurys Familia blew his first save since July 30th, allowing a solo home run in 1 1/3 innings of work.
- Jon Niese (.252)
- Wilmer Flores (.181)
- David Wright (-.218)
- Yoenis Cespedes (-.200)
- Jeurys Familia (-.181)
- Michael Cuddyer (-.148)
- Matt Harvey (-.123)
- Bartolo Colon (-.121)
- Wilmer Flores reaches on a fielding error by Eric Hosmer, Juan Lagares scored. Mets up 4-3, 7th inning (.264)
- Curtis Granderson hits a solo home run, Mets up 2-1, 5th inning (.159)
- Jarrod Dyson flies out with the bases loaded and 2 outs, game tied 4-4, 12th inning, Bartolo Colon pitching (.153)
- Mike Moustakas grounds out with 2 outs and runners on the corners, Mets up 4-3, 8th inning, Jeurys Familia pitching (.137)
- Lorenzo Cain strikes out with a runner on 2nd and no outs, Mets up 4-3, 8th inning, Tyler Clippard pitching (.117)
- Paulo Orlando grounds out with a runner on 2nd and 2 outs, game tied 4-4, 13th inning, Bartolo Colon pitching (.102)
- Alex Gordon hits a solo home run, game tied at 4, 9th inning (-.472)
- Ben Zobrist singles, Alcides Escobar advances to 3rd base, no one out, game tied at 4, 14th inning (-.264)
- Mike Moustakas hits an RBI single, game tied 3-3, 6th inning (-.185)
- Ben Zobrist doubles with no one out, Mets up 4-3, 8th inning (-.177)
- Lorenzo Cain singles, Ben Zobrist advances to 3rd base, no one out, Mets up 3-1, 6th inning (-.115)
- David Wright strikes out with runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs, game tied 4-4, 11th inning, Ryan Madson pitching (-.108)
- Alcides Escobar hits an inside-the-park solo home run, Royals up 1-0, 1st inning (-.107)
The Mets face the Kansas City Royals in game 1 of the World Series. Tonight’s game is at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri and starts at 8:07 PM ET. Matt Harvey (2.71 ERA, 3.05 FIP, 1.02 WHIP, 189 1/3 IP over 29 starts) gets the game 1 assignment against Edinson Volquez (3.55 ERA, 3.82 FIP, 1.31 WHIP, 200 1/3 IP over 33 starts and 1 relief appearance). The Mets and Royals have never faced each other in the World Series, and in fact, it is the first time in major league history that two expansion teams have met in the World Series.
In his two postseason starts, Matt Harvey has allowed 5 runs over 12 2/3 innings (4 earned), 11 hits, and 4 walks (1 intentional) while striking out 16 and hitting a batter. Harvey was particularly impressive in his most recent start, game 1 of the NLCS against the Cubs during which he allowed only 2 runs in 7 2/3 innings. Volquez, in 3 postseason starts in 2015, has allowed 8 runs in 16 2/3 innings, 10 hits, 12 walks (1 intentional) while striking out 15. Volquez’s best start was in game 1 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays, in which he pitched 6 shutout innings, while only allowing 2 hits and 5 walks while striking out 4.
The Mets have not played the Royals since 2013, and among the 50 active players on the two rosters, only one has played for both teams: Royals starting pitcher Chris Young. The Mets have not played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City since 2004.
- Curtis Granderson, RF (L)
- David Wright, 3B (R)
- Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
- Yoenis Cespedes, CF (R)
- Lucas Duda, 1B (L)
- Travis d’Arnaud, C (R)
- Michael Conforto, LF (L)
- Wilmer Flores, SS (R)
- Kelly Johnson, DH (L)
- Alcides Escobar, SS (R)
- Ben Zobrist, 2B (S)
- Lorenzo Cain, CF (R)
- Eric Hosmer, 1B (L)
- Kendrys Morales, DH (S)
- Mike Moustakas, 3B (L)
- Salvador Perez, C (R)
- Alex Gordon, LF (L)
- Alex Rios, RF (R)
**Juan Uribe rejoins the Mets after missing the Division Series and the Championship Series with a chest injury. He replaces Matt Reynolds on the roster. Uribe is the only player on the Mets to have won a World Series before, and he has done so twice: as a member of the 2005 White Sox and a member of the 2010 Giants.
Mets Pitchers (projected starters denoted with asterisk):
**Mondesi replaces pinch-running specialist Terrance Gore. Mondesi, should he appear in a game, would become the first player in history to make his major league debut in the World Series.
Royals Pitchers (projected starters denoted with asterisk):
As always, LET’S GO METS!
The Mets and Nationals both lost yesterday, therefore the Mets retained a 6.5 game lead in the division and had their magic number reduced to 6. Here are some links and notes from around MLB:
Yogi Berra passed away yesterday at age 90. The New York Times has a fantastic article on him.
It’s Fans Scouting Report time! Take some time to evaluate the fielding of Mets players on this season (or any other team you follow regularly). Read Tom Tango’s blurb first, then evaluate as much as you believe you can.
Offense has returned, per Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs. Explaining it, though, is a tough task.
- B/R: Travis d’Arnaud, already one of MLB’s elite catchers
- Rotographs: Yoenis Cespedes upends the Status Quo
- Statliners: Michael Conforto just another successful rookie
- ESPN: Who deserves the NL Cy Young award?
- FiveThirtyEight: Trout or Donaldson for MVP?
- ESPN: Reliever Wade Davis takes over the closer’s role from Greg Holland in Kansas City
- ESPN: Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon sent home due to effort level
- Blogs on rebuilding the Milwaukee Brewers: