The last time the New York Mets were in the World Series, back in 2000, they faced off against their crosstown rivals, the New York Yankees as MLB odds fans can recall. This series featured a number of real oddities: the Mets’ manager, Bobby Valentine, had been ejected from a game during the season but then put on a fake sunglasses-and-mustache mask and snuck back into the dugout, earning ire from the league offices.
Terry Collins agreed. Harvey gave up a single and a double. 2-1 Mets, and Collins came out with the hook. The Royals then grounded out, moving the runner to third with one out. The Mets brought the infield in, and a broken-bat grounder to third (which the shortstop should have taken) provided a dilemma. David Wright looked the runner (Eric Hosmer) off and then threw to first. Hosmer took off, and the first baseman Duda wheeled and threw the ball wildly toward the plate. 2-2. Then, the Royals did what they do best, erupting for five runs in the 12th to cement the series. Should Collins have put his closer in to start the ninth inning? Hindsight is always 20-20, but teams have managers for a reason.
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