In typical New York Mets fashion, images of the 2015 World Series will haunt the team's fans for years. The Mets left the door open for a resilient Kansas City team too many times -- and, in the end, gave away too many opportunities.
That was the story for the Mets the entire series. Anything that could go wrong, did. And now, Mets fans are left with only a few painful memories -- five, in particular, that doomed their World Series chances.
1. Closer Jeurys Familia gives up game-tying home run in Game 1
Jeurys Familia was lights out heading into the the World Series. Before the Fall Classic, Familia's last blown save was all the way back on July 30 against the San Diego Padres. That would change in his first appearance in the Series.
With New York two outs away from a 4-3 Game 1 victory, the team's trusted closer would end up giving a long home run to the Royals' Alex Gordon.
The game ended up going until the 14th inning, when the Royals won on an Eric Hosmer sacrifice fly.
2. Pitcher Jacob deGrom allows four runs in fifth inning of Game 2
Jacob deGrom was expected to come in and right the ship for the team in Game 2. New York had just lost Game 1 in unexpected fashion. He did a great job of that for the first four innings, but things fell apart in the fifth inning of Game 2.
DeGrom gave up four runs that inning and it would seal the game for the Royals, who ended up winning 7-1 and taking a 2-0 series lead.
3. Second baseman Daniel Murphy's error in Game 4
The Mets won Game 3 and were in great position to tie the series with a one-run lead in the eighth inning of Game 4.
After Mets reliever Tyler Clippard walked two batters, Familia was asked to come in and get a five-out save.
He was able to get Eric Hosmer to ground out softly, but a charging Daniel Murphy let the ball roll underneath his glove and opened the floodgates.
As they have in previous games, Kansas City would take advantage and score three runs in that inning. They would win Game 4 by a score of 5-3 and take a 3-1 series lead.
4. Pitcher Matt Harvey gives up double to Eric Hosmer
Mets manager Terry Collins decided to stick with Matt Harvey in the ninth inning of Game 5. Through eight innings Harvey only allowed three hits, one walk, nine strikeouts and no runs, but had thrown over 100 pitches heading into the ninth.
While it is hard to argue with Collins' decision to keep Harvey in the game, the manager ended up staying with his superstar pitcher at least one batter too long.
After a leadoff walk to Lorenzo Cain and then a stolen base, Harvey would give up an RBI double to Eric Hosmer that opened the door on the Royals comeback.
"I let my heart get in the way of my gut," Collins said after the game in regards to the decision to keep his starter in for the beginning of the ninth.
5. First baseman Lucas Duda makes errant throw, allows game-tying run
Even with the bad start to the ninth inning of Game 5, Jeurys Familia came in and did his job. He was able to get the first out on a ground ball, which allowed Hosmer to get the third.
With a drawn-in infield, he was able to get a soft ground ball hit to third which David Wright fielded cleanly and threw to first baseman Lucas Duda. On the throw, Hosmer aggressively decided to make a dash for home.
Duda's throw home was so off-line that it gave catcher Travis d'Arnaud absolutely no chance to make the play.
As ESPN's Don Van Natta Jr. points out, Hosmer was still 35-40 feet from home plate by the time Duda was set to fire to d'Arnaud.
With even a decent throw to the plate, Hosmer would have been thrown out easily and the game would have ended. New York would have been traveling to Kansas City to fight in Game 6.
But as was the story for the rest of the series, the Mets weren't able to execute and the Royals were able to take advantage.
When it came down to winning time at the biggest stage, they "Mets'd" it up as they have so many times in past postseasons.
There's always next year, Mets fans.
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