Dan's Dugout: Royals Topped Mets In Every Category • Latino Sports


Dan’s Dugout: Royals Topped Mets In Every Category


FLUSHING, NY — CitiField is quiet again. But the Mets bats didn’t make much noise either.

Photo Credit: Bill Menzel/Latino Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Menzel/Latino Sports

In fact, the Kansas City Royals needed only five games to win the 2015 World Championship because they vanquished the Mets in virtually every vital category.

New York had three times more home runs — six to two — but that stat hardly mattered.

Statistics don’t lie:

Runs: KC 27, NY19

Hits: KC 47, NY 35

Extra-base hits: KC 13, NY 7

Batting average: KC .239, NY .193

Slugging: KC .330, NY .298

Doubles: KC 10, NY 1

Triples: KC 1, NY 0

Stolen bases: KC 7, NY 1

The Royals also dominated the pitching statistics. The evidence:

Photo Credit: Bill Menzel/Latino Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Menzel/Latino Sports

ERA: KC 2.94, NY 4.21

Strikeouts: KC 46, NY 37

Hits allowed: KC 35, NY 47

Walks allowed: KC 14, NY 17

Earned runs allowed: KC 17, NY 24

ERA from 7th inning on: KC 0.00, NY 5.06

Average allowed from 7th inning on: KC .137, NY .232

Saves: KC 1, NY 0

Blown saves: KC 0, NY 3

And let’s not overlook fielding:

Photo Credit: Bill Menzel/Latino Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Menzel/Latino Sports

Percentage: KC .990, NY .971

Double-plays: KC 5, NY 3

Errors: KC 2, NY 6

Stolen bases allowed: KC 1 (in 3 attempts), NY 7 (in 7 attempts)

After sweeping the powerful Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series, the Mets had gone into the World Series brimming with confidence.

They had the best young starting quartet in baseball plus a closer with 50 saves (a club-record 43 during the regular season plus seven more in the first two rounds of the playoffs).

Their leadoff man, Curtis Granderson, was getting 0n base, making circus catches, and producing power at opportune times.

And their No. 3 hitter, Daniel Murphy, had hit seven postseason home runs, a record six of them in consecutive games.

New York thought lefthanded hitters Murphy,  Lucas Duda, and Michael Conforto would feast on the all-righty Royals rotation headed by Dominican dynamos Edinson Volquez, Johnny Cueto, and Yordano Ventura.

But who knew Cueto, erratic for the Royals after arriving from the Reds in a late-July trade, would pitch

Johnny Cueto

Johnny Cueto

the first World Series complete game by an American Leaguer since Minnesota’s Jack Morris blanked the Braves, 1-0, in 1991 Game 7?

In too many games, the Mets didn’t hit. Cleanup man Yoenis Cespedes, whose bat exploded in August, went silent in September and never recovered. The Mets got two hits against Cueto, then four in the 12-inning finale. At times, it seemed they made more errors in the field than hits at the plate.

In the decisive Game 5, they filled the bases with no one out but scored just one run. The only other run they tallied that night was Granderson’s leadoff homer.

Mets manager Terry Collins made his share of mistakes too — from taking out Conforto during his two-homer game to failing to insert Familia in the eighth inning of Game 4 and ninth inning of Game 5.

Terry Collins

Terry Collins

The result for the Mets was the same as it was when they last reached the World Series 15 years ago: defeat in five games. But they’re a young club with a productive farm system and should return to the playoffs again next fall.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Mazel tov to the Washington Nationals for hiring the affable, articulate, and experienced Dusty Baker, three-time NL Manager of the Year, as the successor to Matt Williams . . .

Erstwhile Kansas City closer Greg Holland, down for next year with elbow surgery, will not be tendered a new contract by the Royals . . .

In a scheduling quirk, the Mets open the 2016 campaign against Kansas City.

About Dan Schlossberg

Former AP sportswriter Dan Schlossberg of Fair Lawn, NJ has produced 35 baseball books, including autobiographies of Ron Blomberg, Al Clark, and Milo Hamilton. Also a broadcaster, he is the host and executive producer of Braves Banter and Travel Itch Radio and a contributor to Sirius XM.

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