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Final Score: Royals 5, Mets 4 - Bullpen great, but not great enough

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Well, that sucked.

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets fell in heart wrenching fashion to the Royals in game 1 of the World Series, 5-4. Jeurys Familia blew his first save since June 30th, giving up a game tying home run to Alex Gordon with one out in the ninth. That erased solid outings from Matt Harvey and Addison Reed, as well as a bouncing ball from Wilmer Flores that got by Eric Hosmer at first as a near perfect analogue of the Bill Buckner play of 1986. The Met bullpen stabilized afterwards, holding the Royals off the board until the fourteenth, but the Mets could only flail offensively and the Royals eventually won on a sacrifice fly from Hosmer.

The series is hardly over, and this result will likely give the Mets an advantage going forwards - the Royals are much more dependant on their bullpen than the Mets and burned their fourth starter, Chris Young, in relief. With Jacob deGrom going tomorrow, the Mets have an excellent chance to equalize and send the series back to Queens tied at one.

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