2015 World Series
|Dates:||October 27 – November 2|
|MVP:||Salvador Pérez (Kansas City)|
Joe Buck (play-by-play)
Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci (color analysts)
Ken Rosenthal and Erin Andrews (field reporters)
Dan Shulman (play-by-play)
Aaron Boone (color analyst)
Gary Cederstrom (crew chief),
Bill Welke (games 1–2), Mike Everitt (games 3–7), Mark Carlson, Mike Winters, Jim Wolf, Alfonso Márquez, Ron Kulpa (replay assistant)
|ALCS:||Kansas City Royals beat Toronto Blue Jays (4–2)|
|NLCS:||New York Mets beat Chicago Cubs (4–0)|
|World Series Program|
The 2015 World Series was the 111th edition of Major League Baseball's championship series, a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champions New York Mets and the American League (AL) champions Kansas City Royals. The series began on October 27 and ended on November 2 as the Royals won the series 4 games to 1. It was the first time since 2010 that the World Series extended into November. The Royals became the first team since the Oakland Athletics in 1989 to win the World Series after losing in the previous year.
The Royals had home field advantage for at least the first two games of the series because of the AL's 6–3 victory in the 2015 All-Star Game. It was the 13th World Series in which home field advantage was awarded to the league that won the All-Star Game. The series was played in a 2–3–2 format: the Royals hosted Games 1 and 2, and the Mets hosted Games 3, 4, and 5 (there was no Game 6 or 7). Home-field advantage for the latter three games would eventually work against the Mets, as it marked the second consecutive year that the World Series was won on the road.
- New York Mets 1.1
- Kansas City Royals 1.2
- Summary 2
Game summaries 3
- Game 1 3.1
- Game 2 3.2
- Game 3 3.3
- Game 4 3.4
- Game 5 3.5
- Composite line score 3.6
- Ratings 4.1.1
- National 4.2.1
- Local 4.2.2
- Television 4.1
Historical notes 5
- Popular culture 5.1
- References 6
- External links 7
New York Mets
The Mets made their fifth appearance in the World Series, and their first since 2000 after sweeping the Cubs 4–0 in the NLCS. They had split their four previous appearances, winning in 1969 (against the Baltimore Orioles) and 1986 (against the Boston Red Sox) while losing in 1973 (against the Oakland Athletics) and 2000 (against the New York Yankees, their cross-town rivals).
The Mets qualified for the postseason by winning the National League East, their sixth division title. They faced the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS, winning in five games. In the NLCS, Daniel Murphy led the team by homering in each game of a four game sweep of the Chicago Cubs. By winning the NLCS, the Mets ensured that they have the most World Series appearances by an expansion franchise with five. In addition, the Mets have made World Series appearances in all but one of their six decades of existence (winning in 1969 and 1986, losing in 1973 and 2000, and not appearing in any that were played during the 1990s). This was also Terry Collins' first World Series appearance.
Kansas City Royals
The Royals made their second consecutive appearance in the World Series, both under Ned Yost, and fourth overall. They won the World Series in 1985 (against the St. Louis Cardinals), and lost their two other appearances, in 1980 (against the Philadelphia Phillies) and 2014 (against the San Francisco Giants). The Royals qualified for the postseason by winning the American League Central, their seventh division title and their first outside of the American League West. They faced the Houston Astros in the ALDS winning in five games. They followed that up in the ALCS, beating the Toronto Blue Jays in six games. By winning the ALCS, the Royals became the first team since the Texas Rangers in 2010 and 2011 to play in consecutive World Series.
SummaryKansas City won the series, 4–1.
|1||October 27||New York Mets – 4, Kansas City Royals – 5 (14)||Kauffman Stadium||5:09||40,320|
|2||October 28||New York Mets – 1, Kansas City Royals – 7||Kauffman Stadium||2:54||40,410|
|3||October 30||Kansas City Royals – 3, New York Mets – 9||Citi Field||3:22||44,781|
|4||October 31||Kansas City Royals – 5, New York Mets – 3||Citi Field||3:29||44,815|
|5||November 1||Kansas City Royals – 7, New York Mets – 2 (12)||Citi Field||4:15||44,859|
WP: Chris Young (1–0) LP: Bartolo Colón (0–1)
NYM: Curtis Granderson (1)
KC: Alcides Escobar (1), Alex Gordon (1)
- Official website
- 2015 Postseason Schedule at MLB.com
In the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II, the Chicago Cubs are depicted as the 2015 World Series champions, defeating a fictional American League team from Miami, whose mascot is an alligator. Screenwriter Bob Gale, who co-wrote the script of Back to the Future Part II, originally intended it as a joke, saying "Being a baseball fan, I thought, 'OK, let's come up with one of the most unlikely scenarios we can think of'", referencing both the Cubs' long championship drought, and the fact that Florida did not have a baseball team in 1989. He also explained the October 21 prediction was based on the postseason structure at the time, and thus could have been accurate had MLB not added the Division Series in 1994 and the Wild Card Game in 2012. During the actual 2015 season, the Cubs reached the postseason as a wild card team and advanced to the NLCS, but were eliminated on October 21, the same date the fictional events of the film take place. The aforementioned changes to the playoff schedule meant that the World Series had yet to begin.
This was the first World Series in which both teams were expansion teams, which are teams that were formed after the 1960 season; the Mets began play in 1962, while the Royals began play in 1969. Additionally, they have been the most successful expansion teams in the major leagues: the Mets and Royals were the first expansion teams in their respective leagues to not only win a league championship pennant (1969 for the Mets and 1980 for the Royals) but the World Series as well (the Mets in 1969 and the Royals in 1985); with five and four pennants respectively, they are the only expansion franchises with more than two league titles. Each team was also seeking to end a long championship drought; the Royals' previous championship was in 1985, with the Mets' last title coming one year later in 1986. The Mets and Royals are set to meet on April 4 for Opening Day of the 2016 season in Kansas City, which will mark the first time ever that the previous year's World Series contenders meet on Opening Day.
Due to contractual obligations, the non-flagship stations on the teams' regional radio networks carried the ESPN Radio broadcasts of the games. However, the local broadcasts were available out-of-market to Sirius and XM Satellite Radio subscribers, TuneIn Premium subscribers, and MLB.com Gameday Audio subscribers.
Locally, the series was broadcast on the teams' flagship radio stations with their respective announcing crews. In New York, WOR aired the games in English, with Howie Rose and Josh Lewin announcing, while WEPN-AM aired the games in Spanish, with Juan Alicea and Max Pérez Jiménez announcing. In Kansas City, KCSP broadcasted the games, with Denny Matthews, Ryan Lefebvre, Steve Stewart, and Steve Physioc announcing. WEPN-FM and WHB, the ESPN Radio affiliates in New York and Kansas City respectively, aired the network's coverage of the series in those cities.
ESPN Radio aired the series, with Dan Shulman on play-by-play, Aaron Boone handling color commentary, and Buster Olney serving as field reporter. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer served as a guest commentator for selected innings in Games 1, 2 and 5. Marc Kestecher anchored pre-game and post-game coverage for the network along with Chris Singleton and Peter Pascarelli.
However, Game 5 went head-to-head with NBC Sunday Night Football between the Green Bay Packers and the Denver Broncos, both of which were previously unbeaten. Media sources like Sporting News predicted that this heavy competition would result in series-low ratings.
Game 1 of the World Series averaged a 4.6 rating on Fox, making it the most watched Game 1 since the 2010 World Series. Game 2 then had a 3.9 rating, up 24 percent from last season's Game 2. The series also recorded the most watched Game 3 since 2009.
The World Series started on a Tuesday for the second year in a row, instead of a Wednesday as in the past. The practice was to avoid games on Thursday and Monday nights, generally big days of television viewing, where Fox's telecast would face stiff competition from Thursday Night Football, ESPN College Football Thursday Primetime, various popular primetime entertainment shows, and Monday Night Football.
Fox suffered an outage during their broadcast of Game 1, resulting in a loss of coverage for 15 minutes, followed a 5-minute delay in-game while officials addressed the availability of video review due to the loss of Fox's feed. The teams agreed to allow the use of footage from MLB International's world feed of the game for video review, while Fox also temporarily switched to the MLB International feed with Vasgersian and Smoltz, later replaced by Buck, Reynolds, and Verducci before the main Fox Sports production was restored.
Fox broadcasted the series in the United States, with play-by-play announcer Joe Buck calling the action along with color analysts Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci and field reporters Ken Rosenthal and Erin Andrews. Fox Deportes offered a Spanish telecast of the series in the United States. The MLB International feed featured Matt Vasgersian and John Smoltz with play-by-play and analysis, respectively.
|New York Mets||3||0||4||3||2||6||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||19||30||4|
|Kansas City Royals||2||2||0||0||5||3||0||6||3||0||0||5||0||1||27||37||1|
NYM: Curtis Granderson (3), David Wright (1), Michael Conforto (2)
KC: Alcides Escobar (1), Alex Gordon (1)
Total attendance: 215,185 Average attendance: 43,037
Winning player's share: $TBD. Losing player's share: $TBD.
Composite line score
This marked the second consecutive year (and the fourth time in the last six years) that the home team did not win the World Series, thus the trophy presentation was done in the locker room.
In the top of the twelfth inning, with Addison Reed pitching for the Mets, Pérez hit a single for the Royals. Pinch running for Pérez, Jarrod Dyson stole a base and scored on a single by pinch hitter Christian Colón. Colón scored on a hit by Paulo Orlando, who had substituted into the game earlier. The Royals loaded the bases, and Cain drove home three more runs with a double off Bartolo Colón. Davis pitched a shutout inning for the Royals to complete the series and win the championship, their first in 30 years.
Granderson led off the first inning with a home run for the Mets, and scored the Mets' second run in the sixth inning. Harvey pitched eight shutout innings for the Mets. It appeared manager Terry Collins would go to Familia, his closer, for the ninth inning, but Harvey convinced Collins to keep him in the game. He then gave up a leadoff walk to Lorenzo Cain in the ninth inning, and the Royals got a run when Hosmer drove Cain in with a double, prompting Collins to go get Familia. Hosmer scored the tying run, and Familia blew his third save of the postseason; his eight save opportunities tied the postseason record set in 2002 by Robb Nen.
Volquez returned to the Dominican Republic for his father's funeral the day after Game 1, but returned to the Royals in time to start Game 5. Harvey started for the Mets. Tony Bennett performed America the Beautiful, and the first pitch was thrown by Cleon Jones, Mookie Wilson, and Darryl Strawberry.
WP: Luke Hochevar (1–0) LP: Addison Reed (0–1)
NYM: Curtis Granderson (3)
The ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by country singer Tim McGraw, son of the late Mets relief pitcher Tug McGraw. The starting pitchers for Game 4 were Chris Young of the Royals and Steven Matz of the Mets. Conforto scored the game's first run with a home run in the third inning, and Wilmer Flores scored later in the inning. Conforto hit another home run in the fifth inning, becoming the first rookie to hit two home runs in a World Series game since Andruw Jones in the 1996 World Series. In the sixth inning, Zobrist hit his eighth double of the postseason, tying a postseason record previously set by Albert Pujols and David Freese of the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals. After a key fielding error by Murphy, the Royals took the lead in the eighth inning off Tyler Clippard and Familia, who had his second blown save of the series, and second out of seven opportunities this postseason. Wade Davis converted a two-inning save for the Royals, his fourth overall this postseason.
WP: Ryan Madson (1–0) LP: Tyler Clippard (0–1) Sv: Wade Davis (1)
NYM: Michael Conforto 2 (2)
In the fifth inning, Royals player Raúl Adalberto Mondesí made his Major League Baseball debut, pinch hitting for Danny Duffy. Mondesí became the first player ever to make his MLB debut in the World Series.
Franklin Morales triple-clutched Granderson's ground ball, allowing all runners to be safe, which led to a 2-run single by Wright.
At Citi Field, Game 3 was started by Yordano Ventura of the Royals and Noah Syndergaard of the Mets. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Mike Piazza. With no designated hitter (DH) in NL parks, the Mets started Michael Conforto, their DH for Game 2, in the outfield instead of Juan Lagares, and the Royals did not start Kendrys Morales, their regular DH.
WP: Noah Syndergaard (1–0) LP: Yordano Ventura (0–1)
NYM: David Wright (1), Curtis Granderson (2)
Cueto pitched a complete game, the first by an AL pitcher in the World Series since Jack Morris in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series, as the Royals defeated the Mets and took a two games to zero lead in the series.
In Game 2, Jacob deGrom started for the Mets, and Johnny Cueto started for the Royals. The Mets scored the first run of the game with a Lucas Duda single that scored Murphy in the fourth inning. In the fifth inning, the Royals scored four runs on RBI singles by Alcides Escobar, Eric Hosmer, and Mike Moustakas. The Royals scored three more runs in the eighth inning.
WP: Johnny Cueto (1–0) LP: Jacob deGrom (0–1)
In the bottom of the 14th inning, Escobar reached first base on a throwing error by David Wright, and Bartolo Colón gave up a base hit to Ben Zobrist, allowing Escobar to reach third base. Hosmer hit a sacrifice fly to Granderson in right field to drive in the winning run. The game ended at 1:18 AM EDT, lasting five hours and nine minutes. The game tied the record for the longest game by innings in World Series history, shared with Game 2 in 1916 and Game 3 in 2005. The loss made Colón the oldest player ever to lose a World Series game.
On the first pitch thrown by Harvey, Alcides Escobar hit an inside-the-park home run, the first in a World Series game since Mule Haas in the 1929 World Series (and the first hit by a leadoff batter since Patsy Dougherty did it for the Boston Americans (now Red Sox) in 1903). In the fourth inning, Daniel Murphy recorded the Mets' first hit, and later scored their first run on a hit by Travis d'Arnaud. Curtis Granderson hit a home run in the fifth inning to give the Mets a 2–1 lead. Eric Hosmer reduced the lead to 3–2 with a sacrifice fly, and set a new Royals' postseason run batted in (RBI) record in the process. A single by Mike Moustakas tied the game at three, but in the top of the eighth, Wilmer Flores reached on an fielding error by Hosmer, allowing Juan Lagares to score the go-ahead run and give the Mets a 4–3 lead. Alex Gordon tied the game for the Royals with a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, as Jeurys Familia blew his first save in six opportunities this postseason.
 He was not aware of his father's death until after he left the game. Volquez's father died earlier in the day. started for the Royals.Edinson Volquez started Game 1 for the Mets, while Matt Harvey