By Tahmid Ahmed and Aman Kaiyum
It has been 29 years since the Mets have won a World Series. Though, the Mets have finally made it to the World Series in the 2015 MLB season, they were sadly beaten by the resilient Kansas City Royals. The Royals simply played better baseball than the Mets.
In Game 1, the Mets were up by one run until Mets Closer Jeurys Familia blew a save to a feisty Alex Gordon’s home run. The game eventually went into extra innings where the Mets batters went cold as ice cubes. They lost in the 14th inning to a sacrifice fly made by Eric Hosmer.
The Mets would win Game 3, however. Noah Syndergaard pitched amazingly allowing only three runs while both Curtis Granderson and Captain David Wright played exceptionally, each homering twice. The Mets started to look like the team who beat the Cubs in the previous series until Game 4 and Game 5 came along.
Down 2-1, the Mets were on the brink of tying the series 2-2. The Mets were again at the same situation as Game 1. Up by one run in the eighth inning, Met’s Tyler Clippard would walk Ben Zobrist and Lorenzo Cain, setting up a scoring chance for the Royals. Familia would come in but would allow a grounder from Hosmer and a go-ahead single from Mike Moustakas. The Royals ended up leading 5-3 and finished the game with another win.
Game 5 was another disastrous loss for the Mets. The Mets were again leading in the ninth inning, up 2-0. However, Mets pitchers Matt Harvey and Familia blew the lead giving up seven runs. The Royals rallied in for 12 innings and secured the franchise’s second World Series championship.
Jack Shapiro ‘18 says, “It’s a shame that they lost, since they made it so far in such a long time. I feel that they have some great potential for the upcoming season.” The turnout has left many fans in sheer disappointment, since their successful season didn’t result in the 2015 Commissioner’s Trophy.
All the games the Mets lost in the series, were all the games they could have won. In each of those games, the Mets were at some point leading. In fact, they were leading at times when games were close to end of regulation. It was just a matter of simple mistakes where both the Met’s offense and defense played terribly.
Dominic Yong ’18 shares his opinion, stating “It was very devastating that the Mets couldn’t pull through and win the games that counted the most.”
It has been a fantastic adventure for the New York Mets but the World Series has been an event all Mets fans are used to seeing.
With rumors of the Mets not resigning their exceptional stars including Yoenis Cespedes, many are starting to question if the Mets can repeat their feat to the World Series for the 2016 MLB season.