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Playoff Gameday Thread, #22: Is the end nigh?

The 2015 baseball season could end today. The Mets hope otherwise, however.

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Game 5, 5:15 pm or maybe 6:15 pm. Damn you, daylight savings ending! Fox. Royals lead 3-1
Edinson Volquez
RHP, 13-9, 3.55
Matt Harvey
RHP, 13-8, 2.71
Alcides Escobar - SS Curtis Granderson - RF
Ben Zobrist - 2B David Wright - 3B
Lorenzo Cain - CF Daniel Murphy - 2B
Eric Hosmer - 1B Yoenis Cespedes - CF
Mike Moustakas - 3B Lucas Duda - 1B
Salvador Perez - C Travis d'Arnaud - C
Alex Gordon - LF Michael Conforto - LF
Alex Rios - RF Wilmer Flores - SS
Edinson Volquez - RHP Matt Harvey - RHP

The hard fact is, only four teams have rallied from 3-1 down to win a World Series, so things do not look good for the Mets. Ironically, the last team to do it, were their opponents here, the Royals, who did exactly that to win their last World Series in 1985, However, on the other side, fewer World Series have ended in five games lately than any other number. Of the last 25 completed Fall Classics, going back to 1989 (there wasn't one in 1994, remember), only four have ended in five games (2000, 2006, 2008 and 2010). Eight have been sweeps, seven have been decided in six games and half a dozen have gone the full possible seven contests.

This is a rematch of Game 1, when there was nothing to separate Volquez and Harvey, each man tossing six innings of three-run ball. posting identical Game Scores of 50. Neither will have been too happy with that performance, however, as they combined for only five strikeouts over their 12 innings of work. That one went to the Royals in 14, the longest Game One in World Series history, and the Royals won't mind if the end result is the same again tonight. The Mets will just want to extend the series and stop the visitors from celebrating on their turf, then see what happens on Tuesday in Kansas City. Me, I just want more baseball. :)