Royals: Revisiting the 2015 World Series, Game 5

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Surviving a blow in Game 3, the Kansas City Royals won Game 4 and now try to end the series before it can go back to City of Fountains.

Since the 1969 season, the World Series has ended in five games or less nineteen times out of forty-five. Hard to believe but the contest between the American League and National League pennant winners was essentially not close 42 percent of the time. Would this be another yawner or can the New York Mets rally against the Kansas City Royals and keep their hopes alive?

As great as it would be to win the trophy at Kauffman Stadium you know the Royals organization and, if answering honestly, the majority of fans would prefer to end it here and not take the chance of extending the series.

The last time Kansas City was the best team in baseball was in 1985, and they had to rally from dropping the first two contests at home and being down three games to one. They are very aware that winning three in a row is possible.

The Mets have to ask themselves what they have to do to keep the Royals down. By giving up late leads in both Game 1 and Game 4, New York could easily be the ones looking to clinch the title this crisp November night. The Kansas City Royals hope to put a dagger in the hearts of Mets fans by winning the title at Citi Field.

On tap is a rematch from Game 1 with Matt Harvey and Edinson Volquez taking the bump. The lineups for both teams stay essentially the same with neither manager breaking from the norm to pull off a victory.

For all the losses Ned Yost oversaw during his managerial career, he enters this game with a 21-9 postseason record. That is good for a .724 winning percentage and best ever for any skipper who managed at least 17 playoff games. One more victory and he would be able to hoist the World Series trophy.