Last night’s 5-4 loss in 14 innings was brutal, there’s no other way to put it. Personally, I would have rather lost by 10 runs than the way the Mets did. Watching Jeurys Familia give up that ninth inning home run to Alex Gordon was a gut punch. But, if you’re going to lose in heartbreaking fashion, I’d rather get it out of the way in Game 1 while there is still time left to recover.
Right from the get-go you could tell it was going to be a weird night. On the very first pitch Matt Harvey threw last night there was confusion in the outfield between Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto that led to an inside the park home run to lead off the game. It was impossible not to think this was going to be the Royals night. However, the Mets fought back and put themselves in position to win. Even after Gordon tied the game up in the ninth, the Mets had several chances to regain the lead and failed to seize on their opportunities in extras. The bullpen did their part and the Royals gave the Mets the best they have to offer. In my opinion, while I’m not a big believer in moral victories, it was more important for the Mets relievers to keep the Royals bats at bay as well as they did in their 7 + innings of work than what Kansas City did. This is where the Royals are supposed to have their biggest advantage. If the Mets can continue to stay on their level out of the pen, that’s a good sign going forward.
The obvious comparisons have been made to the eerily similar fashion the Mets lost Game 1 of the 2000 World Series to the Yankees. Unlike the 2000 World Series, I don’t have my head down after a Game 1 loss with the certainty of defeat. Sure, last night’s loss still hurts this afternoon. It probably will up until the first pitch of Game 2. But with Jacob deGrom on the mound, and with the resiliency this team has shown throughout the whole season when faced with any sort of adversity, my confidence is behind this Mets team until the end. A win tonight would put the Mets back in the driver’s seat. Winning one out of two on the road was always the goal.
If you were browsing through social media last night/this morning, despite what some fans might have you believe, this is indeed a seven game series. Games are going to be lost in the postseason. It happens. Yes, winning Game 1 would’ve been a great start, but it didn’t happen and that’s not going to change. Harvey didn’t have his best “stuff” and kept the Mets in the game. Familia, who in spite of giving up the game-tying home run, worked out of an eighth inning jam and retired the other three batters he faced in the ninth with ease. The offense scrapped together four runs but was only a hit or two away from breaking the game open several times last night. It’s time to learn from your mistakes, move on and go get a win in Game 2. Last night’s loss was a gut punch, but not a knockout.