I gotta say, letting starting pitcher Matt Harvey go out an pitch the ninth was a mistake, and I don’t say that in retrospect. I knew it at the time, and I really did think it could cost them the game.
Which it arguably did.
Mets Manager Terry Collins knew it, too. He said he went with his “heart” rather than his “gut” — and didn’t go with his predetermined game plan, either.
Think about the logic! The Mets are down 1-3 — lose this game and it’s all over. You have to win this game.
You’ve had eight good innings from Harvey. Your plan all along was for him to get you through nine and then turn it over to closer Jeurys Familia.
The choice is to hand your closer a clean three-out inning, a much better situation for your closer, or bring him in if the starter gets in trouble.
Admittedly, Harvey had pitched a great game — keeping the Royals scoreless through eight — and Familia had blown some saves.
And Harvey is demanding to be allowed back in to pitch the ninth.
Still, it was a mistake going in.
The Royals are infamous as a come-back team. (They’d done it to the Mets once already.)
They’ve scored 45 runs in innings 7–9 during the post-season! (Compared to 39 runs in innings 1–6!)
Thinking a pitcher with more than 100 pitches is going to hold down the Royals with the entire series on the line… just wasn’t a good choice.
Oh, well, better luck next year. It’s been a great season!
It ended well from my perspective, at least on the National League side.
I wanted to see the Mets and Cubs take out the Dodgers and Cardinals, respectively. (I’d have been okay with the Dodgers, but they’re a dynasty club, and I lean towards smaller underdog clubs.)
I’d actually have preferred the Cubs in the WS, but the Mets were such a close second favorite, I was happy to see them there.
Things worked less well for me on the American League side. Rangers lost (that was the worst; they’re our sister team).
The Astros lost (I’d been hoping for an all-Texas ALCS). On the other hand, the Yankees lost!
I was okay with the Toronto Blue Jays until their fans acted like assholes during that Texas game. They fell from my favor completely then. (You don’t treat my sister like that!)
I’d been put off by the chip-on-shoulder attitude of the Royals all season. (Plus they were so good that the Twins’ very good season was totally over-shadowed. So, yeah, some of it is resentment.)
But I let go of that and have been cheering on the fellow AL-Central team. (That became a bit solidified by Syndergaard’s first “chin music” pitch to Escobar in game three. Beating them in their home park almost seems like karma after that.)
Way to go Kansas City! Way to go!