This year’s baseball postseason featured many teams that have not seen the playoffs for several years including: the Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros and surprisingly, the New York Yankees.
In the American League Divisional Series, the Kansas City Royals defeated the Astros 3-2 to move on to the American League Championship Series against the Blue Jays who beat the Rangers. The Royals went on to defeat the Blue Jays 4-2 to move onto the World Series. On the national league side, the Mets beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 to play against Cubs in the National League Championship Series who had beat the St. Louis Cardinals. The Mets went on to sweep the Cubs to move on to the World Series.
The Royals went to the World Series last year but lost in game seven to the San Francisco Giants. The Mets haven’t been to the World Series since 2000 when they lost to the Yankees 4 games to 1. The Royals in the 2015 World Series had home field advantage due to the American League winning the All-Star in July.
In game one at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City the Royals sent Edinson Volquez to the mound against Matt Harvey. The game started poorly for the Mets with Harvey giving up an inside-the-park home run on the first pitch of the game to Alcides Escobar. In the 4th inning Travis d’Arnaud’s infield single drove in Daniel Murphy for a run. The next inning right fielder Curtis Granderson hit a home run putting the score at 2-1. In the top of the 8th, Wilmer Flores was safe at first on an error by Hosmer allowing Juan Lagares to score. Heading into the bottom of the 9th, the score was 4-3 in the Mets favor but that would change when left fielder Alex Gordon homered and tied the game at 4-4 sending the game into extra innings. In the bottom of the 14th inning, the game ended when Hosmer hit a sacrifice fly allowing Escobar to score the game winning run for the Royals. The Royals won 5-4.
For game 2 in Kansas City the Royals sent Johnny Cueto to the mound against Jacob deGrom of the Mets. The Mets scored first when in the 4th inning, Lucas Duda singled to left and Daniel Murphy scored, this would be the Mets only run. From that point on it was the Royals game. In the 5th inning 3 singles by Escobar, Hosmer and Moustakas drove in Gordon, Rios, Escobar and Hosmer respectively for 4 runs. In the 8th Alex Gordon doubled to left scoring Moustakas. The final score was 7-1 Royals.
After a day off the series moved to Citi Field in New York for the next 3 games. For their home game, the Mets sent rookie Noah Syndergaard against Yordano Ventura in game 3. Kansas City opened up the scoring in the top of the first when Ben Zobrist scored on a groundout by Hosmer. In the bottom of the first Mets third basemen David Wright homered driving in Granderson. In the second inning Perez scored on a line drive single by Alex Rios later in the inning Rios scored on a passed ball by d’Arnaud. In the 6th singles by Juan Uribe and David Wright scored Lagares, Flores and Uribe, Granderson also scored on a sacrifice fly by Cespedes. The final score was 9-3 and this would be the only game the Mets would win.
For game 4 the pitchers were the Mets’ Steven Matz against Chris Young. In the 3rd inning Conforto homered. Later in the inning Flores scored on a sacrifice fly by Granderson. In the top of the 5th Gordon singled in Perez putting the royals on the board. In the bottom of the 5th Conforto homered again putting the Mets up 3-1 In the 6th Cain singled in Zobrist. In the 8th inning Hosmer reached on an error by Daniel Murphy allowing Zobrist to score, Moustakas singled in Cain and Hosmer scored on Perez’s single. The final score was 5-3 royals.
For game 5 the pitchers again were Matt Harvey and Edinson Volquez. The Mets got on the board first with Granderson’s home run to right-center field in the 1st inning. The Mets scored again in the 6th inning when Duda hit a sacrifice fly allowing Granderson to score. In the top of the 9th everything fell apart for the Mets; Hosmer doubled scoring Cain and Perez grounded out to David Wright scoring Hosmer. The game went on to extra innings and in the top of the 12th the Royals scored five runs. The Mets were unable to counter and the Royals won the game 7-2 and World Series 4 games to 1. This was the first time the Royals have won the World Series since 1985.
To wrap up the World Series festivities a parade was held in Kansas City to celebrate their victory. The parade drew an estimated 800,000 people which is almost twice the size of the city’s population of 470,000. School was also cancelled for area kids as they were allowed to join in the festivities of the Royals big win.