You could sum up the series for the Kansas City Royals as the never say die team. They won three times in the World Series when trailing in the eighth inning or later to beat the New York Mets. That’s saying something when you can do it that many times to the same opponent.
As for the New York Mets, there was a lot of second guessing, especially in Games 4 and 5. Manager Terry Collins seemed to be fighting with himself and he would be the first to admit that. He didn’t use his closer properly and he didn’t pull Matt Harvey after walking the first batter in the ninth inning of Game 5. The Mets had a great run, but they fell flat on offense with a .193 batting average as a team during the five games. Their defense and bullpen didn’t do them any favors either in a short stint for the title.
What wasn’t surprising to me was that the Royals were so aggressive on the base paths throughout this series. Eric Hosmer isn’t a speed demon by any stretch, but he can steal 10 bases in any given season. His instincts and the overall team strategy were why they came from behind to beat the Mets again in Game 5.
When someone like Christian Colon comes to bat in extra innings of a potential World Series clinching game and drives in the go-ahead run for your team, that says something about them. From 1-25, everyone is on board to win.
Salvador Perez was named the World Series MVP. His stat line tells you why with his .364 batting average leading all eligible players, but his work behind the plate leading a tremendous bullpen and having guys like Edinson Volquez pitching two brilliant games, one without knowing that his father had past away in Game 1. Another with Johnny Cueto proving why they acquired him in Game 2. Yordano Ventura and Chris Young weren’t spectacular, but the bullpen held their own in Young’s start that was a victory in the end.
Baseball should go back to its roots as far as offense is concerned. Kansas City reminds me of the 2002 World Series champion Anaheim Angels and the way everyone was involved. No matter the situation, someone was going to come through for them. The same happened for the Royals and they won their second title, and it took them 30 years to accomplish it.