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Jeurys Familia quick pitched last night, and Alex Gordon was ready for it

World Series - New York Mets v Kansas City Royals - Game One

Rich MacLeodIf you’ve watched Jeurys Familia at all this season, you know that the quick pitch is a major part of his arsenal.

Not only does Familia bring a sizzling sinker, devastating split-finger and tight slider to the table, but with the quick pitch, it also adds the element of surprise when he’s facing hitters.

Last night in Game One of the World Series, however, that very same quick pitch came back to bite him.

Pitching with a 4-3 lead in the 9th inning, two mere outs away from giving the Mets a 1-0 series lead in the Fall Classic, Familia missed his spot on a quick pitch to Alex Gordon, who crushed a 97 MPH sinker to dead center field for a game-tying, solo home run, stunning Familia and Mets fans alike.

While there was plenty of velocity and movement on the sinker, because Familia wasn’t fully set when he threw the ball–thus it being a quick pitch–it makes it harder to locate your pitches. This resulted in this sinker missing up in the zone and over the plate, where Gordon did not miss it.

That’s because he was prepared for it.

“The at-bat before with [Salvador Perez], I saw him quick pitch,” Gordon told reporters after the game. “I wasn’t expecting that and I wanted to make sure when I got on the box I was ready to hit. And he tried to quick pitch me and left the ball right there to hit and with a guy like that you can’t miss pitches that he gives you to hit, and that’s what happened.”

Terry Collins said on Wednesday he will not hesitate to use Familia again in Game Two, and in fact said it would be beneficial for him to get back out there as soon as possible.

But it’s up to Famila now, as the Royals are not only aware of that quick pitch, but they’ve shown that they’re capable of capitalizing, even on the slightest mistake.

Daniel Murphy is writing an incredible story, but it doesn’t mean the Mets should re-sign him

League Championship - Chicago Cubs v New York Mets - Game Two

Rich MacLeodTo say that it’s been an incredible postseason thus far for Daniel Murphy would probably be the understatement of the century at this point.

The man simply known as “Murph” has been on an absolutely torrid run over the last two weeks, as he’s hit .421/.436/.1.026 with two doubles, seven home runs, 11 RBI, 11 runs scored and a 1.462 OPS along with an MLB-record six consecutive playoff games with a home run and a National League Championship Series MVP award to boot.

He’s been clutch, he’s been a scintillating watch and he’s been a phenomenal story in this World Series run the Mets have made this October.

This team would not be where they are today if not for the heroics of Daniel Murphy. (more…)

I can’t believe the Mets are in the World Series…

League Championship Series - New York Mets v Chicago Cubs - Game Four

Rich MacLeodThey did it. They actually did it.

The punching bag of baseball for nearly a decade… The team I’ve put my soul into since the day I started watching this sport… The team that has broken my heart on so many occasions… The New York Mets are going to the World Series.

No more called third strike.

No more collapses.

No more rebuilding.

It’s all over. The Mets are no longer a laughing stock, they’re the champions of the National League.

Never once this season, nor in the last nine years or so, did I ever truly believe that this moment would ever come. Maybe because it wasn’t supposed to.

They won the National League East. They won beat the Dodgers in the Division Series. They swept away the Cubs in the Championship Series. They are the talk of the town, the talk of the sport. They’re World Series bound.

I cannot believe what I’ve watched over the last few weeks and months, and I cannot believe that the day has come where I’m fortunate enough to write this, but it is and I am.

I feel so amazing for David Wright, who has been the face of this franchise for years now and had almost nothing to show for it. He re-signed here three seasons ago because he believed that this moment would come. It’s here.

World Series bound. Man, is this sweet…

Is this real life?

League Championship - Chicago Cubs v New York Mets - Game Two

Rich MacLeodWhat in the world is going on in Queens?

I’m fully aware of everything that’s happened. I’ve watched every single game and then again on replay. I was in the building for Game Two of the NLCS last night.

I still do not believe what I am seeing.

After nine years of failure, heartbreak, dashed hopes, anger and—at some points—apathy, the Mets are not only back in the postseason but they are making one hell of a run.

I’ve said it a lot the past few weeks, but it continues to reign true so I’ll keep on saying it—this team isn’t supposed to be here. (more…)

Rich MacLeod: I’m excited for Game Five, but I’m not ready for this to end…

Division Series - New York Mets v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game One

Rich MacLeodIt all comes down to this.

Mets vs. Dodgers. Game Five of the NLDS. Win or go home.

By all accounts it’s been an incredible season for the New York Mets. Prior to the start of the year, I thought they had the chance to contend for a Wild Card spot if everything went right.

But never did I expect this.

After nine incredibly long and difficult seasons, the Mets finally made their return to postseason baseball. They took advantage of a dysfunctional, albeit talented Washington Nationals team, went for it at the trade deadline and won the National League East when nobody expected them to.

Now, it all comes down to one single game. That’s what makes this so gut wrenching. (more…)

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