The Mets had a great chance to tie the World Series up last night, taking a 3-2 lead into the eighth inning, only five outs away from the win. With runners on first and second, Eric Hosmer hit a manageable grounder to Daniel Murphy at second base. Instead of making the double play to end the inning or even just getting Hosmer, Murphy missed the ball, allowing Ben Zobrist to score and giving the Royals the window they needed to score two more and take the game, 5-3. Fangraphs says that the error on its own reduced the Mets’ chances of winning the World Series by 13%.
This was obviously a brutal way for the Mets to lose, especially given the predicament they now find themselves in. To even force a Game 7, they’ll have to beat both Edinson Volquez and Johnny Cueto. The hard-throwing Mets’ pitching staff is going to have to find a way to make Royals’ hitters miss, which they don’t do.