Jeurys Familia’s quick-pitch gone wrong
A slight change from the other bad pitches in Mets history on this list, this one came in Game 1 of the World Series. The Mets had plenty of time to overcome it. They weren’t able to.
The Mets went into the final inning leading the Kansas City Royals 4-3. Closer Jeurys Familia entered, prepared to record the final three outs. New York would lead 1-0. With their pitching, there was a chance they could win the whole thing.
After retiring Salvador Perez, Familia worked a 1-1 count to outfielder Alex Gordon. Getting a little too “cute” for his own good, Familia tried a quick-pitch.
Gordon wasn’t fooled. He nailed a line drive home run to tie the game up at 4. It’s a pitch that still aches for many Mets faithful.
The game did continue into the night. It was an Eric Hosmer sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 14th inning against Bartolo Colon which eventually sealed the win for the Royals.
Familia’s quick-pitch certainly didn’t cost the Mets the game. They had opportunities to come back and never did.
The first flaw shown by Familia in the 2015 postseason, it’s one of those moments we think of first whenever his name scrolls across our eyes. He told us to hold his beer the very next year when he gave up a three-run home run in the ninth to Conor Gillaspie. Those were the only three runs surrendered by either team in the game.
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