Royals Knighted As Champions

Congratulations to the Kansas City Royals, your 2015 World Series Champions.

It’s the first World Series championship for Kansas City since 1985, so you just know their fans are going to enjoy it after a 30-year wait.

The way they won the series was remarkable: the Royals trailed in all five games of the series, and they won three games in which they trailed in the eighth inning or later. First time that’s ever happened.

The ninth inning last night must have been excruciating for Mets fans – which I was temporarily one of, because I (pretty much as always) was rooting for the series to go seven games strictly for entertainment value.

Matt Harvey was working on his three-hit shutout, just dominating, and they were up 2-0 going to the top of the ninth. Harvey walks the leadoff man on a full count, putting him at 110 pitches.

Time to pull him out? Nope!

Then he gives up a double to Eric Hosmer on a fly ball over the left fielder’s head. Ex-Rainiers hitting coach HoJo pointed out on Twitter that the Mets weren’t playing “no doubles” in the outfield, suggesting that if the outfielders had been playing deep the ball would have been caught.

Mets closer Jeurys Familia came in from the bullpen, and Hosmer was at third with one out when Salvador Perez hit a soft grounder to drawn-in third baseman David Wright. Wright throws to first for the second out, Hosmer breaks home, and first baseman Lucas Duda throws wildly toward the general area of the plate and Hosmer easily scores the tying run.

I think at that point everybody knew the Royals were going to win the game. Which they did, with a five-run 12th inning.

“Team of destiny” is an overused sports cliché, but it just seemed like the Royals were going to win every game throughout the playoffs in the late innings. It was thrilling baseball.

Now Kansas City has to try to keep key players who can become free agents, most notably left fielder Alex Gordon who sure would look good in a Mariners uniform (note: I have no idea if the M’s are capable of adding another high-priced contract).

The offseason is upon us. We’ll map it out on Wednesday.

Links:

  • John McGrath thinks that the Royals should be the template for new Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto.
  • I swiped the Royals comeback facts from this excellent World Series write-up by Jayson Stark.
  • CJ Nitkowski also noticed the Mets didn’t play “no doubles” defense in the ninth and it cost them dearly.
  • Daniel Murphy led the Mets into the World Series, but then had a disastrous error in Game Four and another misplay in Game Five. Fangraphs has a good post on the costliest errors in World Series history. No. 1 is obvious but what are the others?
  • ESPN.com has posted a stroll through World Series history which includes lots of neat old photos. Make sure you have some time blocked out before clicking this link.
  • Lookout Landing posted an interview with Braden Bishop, the outfielder out of UW who was the M’s third round draft pick this year. He had a solid pro debut for Everett.
  • In the PCL we have an update on the business side of the Fresno club, which has been for sale for two years.
  • Thank goodness this Chipotle disaster didn’t happen during the summer or else we probably would have had to cancel the remainder of the minor league baseball season due to every single player being sick.

One final congrats to the Royals and their fans – including The News Tribune’s managing editor and friend-of-the-blog Dale Phelps. We’ll see you at Cheney Stadium when Omaha comes to town this summer, Dale.

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