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Morning Rewind, 11/2: Best and worst of the World Series

Royals Run Past the Mets to Claim World Series Championship


By JOHN DORN

In what could be the most hotly contested five-game World Series win ever, the Kansas City Royals toyed with the New York Mets time and time again -- winning a series in which they trailed in the eighth inning or later in four games.

It was a truly thrilling series, despite lasting just one game past the minimum. New York put on some brilliant pitching displays, but more often than not, Kansas City was there to answer in the ninth inning -- against a normally formidable back end of the Mets' bullpen.

With the World Series in the books, we'll take a look back at the best and worst performers throughout the five games.


Best of the Series

Curtis Granderson

It turned out to be in a losing effort, but the Mets' right fielder continued his fantastic season into the Fall Classic. Granderson belted a Mets record three World Series home runs -- all go-ahead home runs -- and was one of only three New York players to go yard against Royals pitching. He batted .250 but posted an OBP of .360, walking four times and striking out just twice in 20 at-bats.

Wade Davis
It's difficult to handpick any Royals in particular to put here, but their closer was by far the most dominant player in the series. He appeared in three of the five games, pitching four innings and allowing just three hits while striking out eight. His most crucial outing came in Game 4, hurling two shutout innings immediately after KC broke through for the lead against Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia after Steven Matz and Addison Reed held them in check through seven.

Eric Hosmer


If the ball bounced a few different ways, Hosmer could've easily have found himself on the opposite end of this list. But the first baseman had a hand in what seemed like every Royals rally over the five games, depsite posting just a .190 batting average and making two errors. His most important play came in Game 5, sneaking down the third base line and dashing for the plate, scoring the tying run after Lucas Duda's throw came nowhere near the plate. He led the team in RBIs with six and scored three runs.


Worst of the Series

Yordano Ventura
If there's one Royal that could possibly crack this side of the list, it's their Game 3 starter, who let the Mets right back into the series by lasting just 3.1 innings, allowing seven hits and five runs. Luckily for the Royals, he was the only losing pitcher of the series for Kansas City.

Yoenis Cespedes


After a fairytale final two months of the regular season with the Mets, Yoenis Cespedes was a complete dud in the World Series, which could wind up costing him millions this winter in free agency. The outfielder failed to hit a homer in the series, knocking in just one run and hitting .150, while literally kicking two balls around the outfield and ending Game 4 with a costly base running blunder. In what will likely be his last at-bat as a Met, he fouled a 96 mile-per-hour fastball off his left knee cap, eventually forcing him out of the game.

Lucas Duda
Duda batted .263 in the series for the Mets -- their third-best average among starters -- but what will go down in history is his botched throw to home plate in Game 5 with Eric Hosmer streaking toward the plate as the tying run after Matt Harvey pitched a masterpiece. Duda recorded five hits in the series but struck out seven times while posting just a .581 OPS.

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 1: A fan holds a sign outside prior to Game 5 of the 2015 World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets reacts in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Mike Jirschele #23 of the Kansas City Royals and Terry Collins #10 of the New York Mets meet with the officiating crew prior to Game Five of the 2015 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Kansas City Royals hits a single in the first inning against the New York Mets during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Curtis Granderson #3 of the New York Mets hits a solo home run in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 1: Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets reacts after striking out the side in the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Curtis Granderson #3 of the New York Mets celebrates with David Wright #5 of the New York Mets after hitting a solo home run in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Edinson Volquez #36 of the Kansas City Royals throws a pitch in the first inning against the New York Mets during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julie Jacobson - Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Mike Moustakas #8 of the Kansas City Royals is forced out at second base as Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets throws to first base in the second inning during Game Five of the 2015 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey throws during the first inning of Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, at Citi Field in New York. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals reacts to striking out in the first inning against the New York Mets during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets reacts to striking out the side in the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 1: Edinson Volquez #36 of the Kansas City Royals pitches against the New York Mets during Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 1: Ben Zobrist #18 of the Kansas City Royals throws to first as Lucas Duda #21 of the New York Mets slides into second during Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 1: Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets sits in the dugout during Game 5 of the 2015 World Series against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Kansas City Royals reacts in the dugout after striking out in the fourth inning against the New York Mets during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar fields a grounder hit by New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey during the third inning of Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, at Citi Field in New York. (Shane Keyser/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 1: Fans hold signs during Game 5 of the 2015 World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals meets with Edinson Volquez #36 of the Kansas City Royals on the pitcher's mound in the fifth inning against the New York Mets during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 1: Manager Terry Collins #10 of the New York Mets looks on prior to Game 5 of the 2015 World Series against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets fouls the ball off of his leg in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets lies on the ground after fouling the ball off of his leg in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets lies on the ground after fouling the ball off of his leg in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets reacts after retiring the side in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Curtis Granderson #3 of the New York Mets scores a run on a sacrifice fly ball hit by Lucas Duda #21 of the New York Mets (not pictured) in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 1: Travis d'Arnaud #7 of the New York Mets runs to first base during Game 5 of the 2015 World Series against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets takes the field in the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates after scoring a run off of a double hit by Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals in the ninth inning against Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates after scoring a run off of a grounded out hit by Salvador Perez #13 to tie the game in the ninth inning against Jeurys Familia #27 of the New York Mets during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Jeurys Familia #27 of the New York Mets reacts in the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates with teammates after scoring a run off of a grounded out hit by Salvador Perez #13 to tie the game in the ninth inning against Jeurys Familia #27 of the New York Mets during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 1: Jarrod Dyson #1 of the Kansas City Royals steals second base in the 12th inning during Game 5 of the 2015 World Series against the New York Mets at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 1: Jarrod Dyson #1 of the Kansas City Royals signals for time out after stealing second base in the 12th inning during Game 5 of the 2015 World Series against the New York Mets at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets makes an error on grounded ball hit by Paulo Orlando #16 of the Kansas City Royals in the twelfth inning during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Jarrod Dyson #1 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates with Alcides Escobar #2 after scoring the go ahead run hit by Christian Colon #24 in the twelfth inning against Addison Reed #43 of the New York Mets during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 1: Mike Moustakas #8 and Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals celebrate after winning Game 5 of the 2015 World Series 7-2 over the New York Mets at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 1: Mike Moustakas #8 and Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals celebrate after winning Game 5 of the 2015 World Series 7-2 over the New York Mets at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 1: Members of the Kansas City Royals celebrate on the field after defeating the New York Mets in Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
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