After Saturday night the New York Mets found a themselves in a place that they had hoped to never be. They found themselves three games to one to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. It’s not an impossible spot to get out of. Teams’ in history have done it before, the last time being the 1985 World Champion KC Royals.
The Mets had the lead until a fifth inning mistake by Yoenis Cespedes but the scoring started on a solo home run by rookie Michael Conforto. It was his first of the night off of Royals’ starter Chris Young. The Mets scored another run in the third on sacrifice fly by Curtis Granderson and found themselves up 2-0.
The Royals cut their deficit in half on a sacrifice fly by Alex Gordon in the top of the fifth inning but it was a run that the Mets could have saved. Earlier in the inning Salvador Perez, who ended up on second base after Cespedes misplayed a ball in center field that bounced off of his foot and into left field. It was Perez who scored on Gordon’s sacrifice fly to put the Royals on the board.
Conforto hit his second solo homer of the night, this time off of Kansas City reliever Danny Duffy to put the Mets back in front by two runs. In the top of the sixth with Ben Zobrist on base, Lorenzo Cain hit a single into center field that plated Zobrist once again putting the Royals down by one run.
The seventh inning passed by without incident but then came the eighth inning, an eighth inning that unraveled everything for the Mets. An error made by a player who was considered up until then post season hero allowed Ben Zobrist to score, tying the game.
Daniel Murphy, who set a record by homering in six straight postseason games, committed an error on a ground ball hit by Eric Hosmer that was scarily reminiscent of the one made by Bill Buckner in the 1986 World Series. The tying run scored and it sparked a small rally. By the end of the inning the Royals had scored three runs and were now leading the Mets by the score of 5-3.
The Mets had a chance to come back in the bottom of the ninth facing Royals’ lights out closer Wade Davis. After David Wright struck out to lead off the inning, Murphy began to redeem himself by singling on a ground ball to third baseman Mike Moustakas. Cespedes also began to redeem himself from his earlier mistake by hitting a single to right, moving Murphy to second and sparking the hope of Mets’ fans everywhere for a late comeback rally.
It wasn’t to be, however, as Lucas Duda lined out to Mike Moustakas and Cespedes somehow found himself caught between first and second base. He was tagged and the game was over.
The two teams play one more game in New York and will then, if necessary, head back to Kansas City for games six and possibly seven. As stated earlier, a 3-1 deficit is not impossible to overcome but it will not be easy. The Mets will have to, in a sense, sweep the Royals as if in a three game series in order to win the World Series.
And the way these crazy Royals’ players are able to come back in the late innings to win games, it certainly isn’t going to be an easy task for New York.
The Royals even set a postseason record Saturday night. It was their sixth multiple run come from behind win, they now have one more than the 1996 New York Yankees. We all remember the late 90’s Yankees. If the Royals are truly anything like them, they’ll likely take home the Championship that they were 90 feet away from this time last year.