Joe Buck summed up this matchup between the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets most poignantly, as is he forte. He said that the Mets have to hit home runs to score runs, where as the Royals just need a baserunner. Those words spoke loudly throughout this entire World Series, and especially tonight. Matt Harvey was nearly unbeatable, and yet he was beaten. Credit must be paid to the Royals, who had been unrelenting in their at-bats, speedy on the base paths, and steady on defense. Their errors, not as crucial.
It was a great year for the New York Mets, but it came to a sad, crushing end on Sunday night. There are plenty of reasons for why things ended the way they did. The Mets simply didn’t play that well. Lack of power production, a leaky bullpen, dreadful base running, these were all painfully obvious faults through the series. And the Royals simply were the better team. They pitched Daniel Murphy perfectly. They took advantage of Travis d’Arnaud‘s poor throws to second. All around, the Mets were outplayed.
I don’t really know what else to say. It was a very fun year, but this ending is incredibly sour. The Mets went further than anyone really expected, but still I’m disappointed. Because they had the ability to go further. But they stumbled. I think that word pretty much sums it up.