The New York Mets had to win this one. They needed to push to Game Six and draw out the series. So they took the field at Citi Field…again. They kept their bats in play…again. They jumped out to a lead…again.
And they lost it all in extra innings…again.
Having kept the Kansas City Royals quiet for most of the game it seemed like the Mets would push the series to 3-2 and have a shot at tying it up back in Kansas City. The ninth inning saw the Mets with a 2-0 lead and with Matt Harvey pitching like an unstoppable force of nature it seemed automatic. Then the unthinkable happened…again. The Royals knocked in two runs and sent the game into extra innings. For 90% of the game Harvey was surgical with the Royals bats. Then it all came apart when the Mets needed to close out a must win game. The game went to 12 and the Royals batted in five more runs.
The decision to keep Harvey in shouldn’t not be viewed as a mistake. He was pitching like a man possessed and it would not have surprised anyone if he took the whole game for the Mets. Undoubtedly though, the choice to not relieve Harvey will stick in the craw of the Mets brass, who remain without a World Series championship since the 80’s.
The Kansas City Royals are your 2015 World Series champions.