The Kansas City Royals take their first shot at closing out the 2015 World Series when they take on the New York Mets in Game 5 at Citi Field on Sunday. After a stunning late-inning comeback in Game 4, Kansas City leads 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. The Royals are on the cusp of winning their first title since 1985 and handling some unfinished business.
Led by solid pitching for seven innings and two Michael Conforto home runs, the Mets took a 3-2 lead into the eighth inning, but the Royals would rally with some help from New York. After two walks from Tyler Clippard, closer Jeurys Familia entered the game with one out. A chopper induced a Daniel Murphy error, tying the game. Two base singles later from Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez and Kansas City's one-run deficit turned into a two run lead. The Royals got six outs from Wade Davis, securing a 3-1 series lead and three cracks and winning the title. In a Game 1 rematch, Matt Harvey and Edinson Volquez take the ball in Game 5 for their respective teams.
Harvey takes the mound with a 2-0 record and 3.38 earned-run average in the playoffs. He has given up 16 hits and seven earned runs in 18 2/3 innings while striking out 18. In Game 1, Harvey gave up three runs on five hits over six innings but struck out just two. He entered his last inning with a two-run lead but allowed three hits and left with the game tied at three.
Volquez finished Game 1 with virtually the same line as Harvey, with three runs allowed on six hits in six innings and three strikeouts. In four playoff starts, Volquez (1-2) has allowed 11 earned runs on 16 hits to go with 18 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings. He left Game 1 down two runs but was taken off the hook when the Royals tied the score with two off Harvey in the bottom of the sixth.
Only five teams in 43 tries have come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the World Series. The last time was the Royals in 1985.
First Pitch: 8:15 p.m.
TV Channel: Fox
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
Prediction: After two blowouts, Game 4 held all the drama and nail-biting of Game 1. Harvey pitched well enough to win Game 1 but didn’t finish the outing well. This time, with the Mets needing a win to keep hope alive, Harvey gets the job done and New York rallies to make sure another team doesn’t celebrate a World Series on their home field.
Mets win 4-2 to push the series back to Kansas City.