Five Mets moments we wish they could redo on Groundhog Day

NEW YORK - CIRCA 1969: Pitcher Tom Seaver #41 of the New York Mets pitches during an Major League Baseball game circa 1969 at Shea Stadium in the Queens borough of New York City. Seaver played for the Mets from 1967-77,83. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - CIRCA 1969: Pitcher Tom Seaver #41 of the New York Mets pitches during an Major League Baseball game circa 1969 at Shea Stadium in the Queens borough of New York City. Seaver played for the Mets from 1967-77,83. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 19: Jeurys Familia #27 of the New York Mets looks on after pitching during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on September 19, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

3) Jeurys Familia 2015 World Series Game 1 Quick Pitch

Next up on moments the Mets would like to redo, we have the ninth inning of game one in the 2015 World Series against the Kansas City Royals. The Mets were in their first World Series in fifteen years and headed into the ninth inning of game one in good shape. They were up 4-3 and breakout closing pitcher Jeurys Familia was coming in to close the door.

Things were looking great for the Mets, with Familia who broke out with a 1.85 ERA once being named the closer came in to face the seven through nine hitters. He got off to a quick start getting Royals catcher Salvador Perez to ground out in only three pitches.

Next up was outfielder Alex Gordon who was more known for his defense. Familia quick pitched him on a 1-1 count which sadly resulted in Gordon sending the ball back where it came from, except about 30 feet high and 400 feet away over the fence. Although Gordon was more known for his defense, he had been in the league for years and was a veteran hitter which ultimately gave him the edge over a young Familia.

The Royals would end up winning game one in fourteen innings and jumped out to a one to nothing lead in the series. This momentum proved to be huge for the Royals as they won the next game as well, and eventually the series in only five games.

If the Mets could have gotten out to a 1-0 series lead, the momentum would have been in their favor and other games could have gone their way in the series as well. Games four and five could have easily been won by the Mets just as easily as they were won by the Royals. The Mets were in a good position late in each game to win, and if that Mets have some of the momentum from a potential game one win, they may have been able to seal the deal in those games as well.

If Familia did not quick pitch Gordon, or if he did and just caught him off guard, there is a good chance the Mets would have gone on to win game one and get off to a 1-0 lead in the series. As previously stated, this lead could have been proven to be huge with momentum and helped the Mets win in games four and five. If this was the case, the Mets would have won the World Series in the same amount of games that they ultimately lost it in, resulting in their third World Series Championship in franchise history.

Now while this all best-case scenario and not guaranteed, it is still something that is a possibility. Sadly this will be a “what if” scenario and another memory as this moment will be remembered as one the Mets wish they could redo on Groundhog Day.

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