KANSAS CITY, Mo. (NEWS10) – The New York Mets lost in Game One of the fall classic, but their heads are still high going into Game Two.
Game One of the 2015 World Series was a record setting five hours and nine minutes long – the longest first game in World Series history. When the 14th inning began, it matched the mark for the longest World Series game in terms of innings.
It was a tough pill to swallow for the Mets. The Kansas City Royals won the game 5-4, but the Mets are far from being out of the game. One of the biggest challenges in sports is rebounding from an emotional loss, and the Mets have had some practice overcoming adversity during the season.
“The x-factor for us is the ability to come together as a team,” pitcher Noah Syndergaard said.
There were moments throughout the season that helped unify the Mets. Infielder Wilmer Flores was nearly traded away at the end of July, and in the postseason, infielder Ruben Tejada suffered a broken leg, which sidelined him for the rest of the year.
The Mets found themselves on the wrong side of that kind of rallying moment Tuesday night. Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez learned of his father’s death following his first World Series start. His teammates found out later in the game and went on to win it for Volquez.
But now it’s more important than ever for the Mets to come together as a team, especially without that same kind of emotional unifying force. Kansas City has the series lead and the upper hand heading into Wednesday night’s game, but the Mets won’t hit the field hanging their heads.
“We’ve been resilient all year,” catcher Travis D’Arnaud said. “It’s a part of baseball. You’re gonna lose the first game of a series, but all you can do is focus on the next one and tie the series up.”
“The confidence always remains high,” outfielder Curtis Granderson said. “That’s the way it’s been with this team all season long. You’re gonna win games. You’re gonna lose agmes. That’s part of it, especially when you’re two of the best teams left at the end of it.”
Granderson also said the team’s confidence is still high partly because they know Jacob deGrom is taking the mound Wednesday night. He’s had a brilliant postseason with a perfect 3-0 record and 1.8 ERA.
The ace said he likes having the ball in big games, and he’s showed that during the postseason by winning all three of his starts. But this will be his first World Series start, and he’s ready for the big stage.
DeGrom is largely a strikeout pitcher. He has 27 of them this postseason, but Kansas City is a contact hitting team.