2016 Chicago Cubs season
The 2016 Chicago Cubs season was the 145th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 141st in the National League and the Cubs' 101st season at Wrigley Field. To celebrate their 100 years at Wrigley, the Cubs wore a patch on their home uniforms and wore 1916 throwback uniforms on July 6, they began the season on April 4, 2016 at the Los Angeles Angels and finished the regular season on October 2, 2016 at the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs finished with the best record in Major League Baseball and won their first National League Central title since the 2008 season, winning by 17½ games; the team reached the 100-win mark for the first time since 1935 and won 103 total games, the most wins for the franchise since 1910. The Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants in the National League Division Series and returned to the National League Championship Series for the second year in a row, where they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games; the Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in seven games in the 2016 World Series, their first appearance since the 1945 World Series and first win since the 1908 World Series.
In the World Series, the Cubs came back from a three-games-to-one deficit, winning the final three games. The last time a team came back from a three-games-to-one deficit to win the World Series was the Kansas City Royals in 1985; the Cubs were the first team to win Games 6 and 7 on the road in a World Series since the Pittsburgh Pirates had done so against the Baltimore Orioles in 1979. The World Series victory put an end to the so-called Curse of the Billy Goat and the longest World Series championship drought in history. After just one year broadcasting on WBBM, the Cubs announced the move of their play-by-play to CBS Radio sister station WSCR for the 2016 season, taking advantage of a contract clause allowing the move to WSCR after CBS let their rights to White Sox play-by-play lapse. Monday, April 4, 2016 at Los Angeles Angels Starting Pitcher: Jake Arrieta The Cubs won their first three games and eight of their first nine to begin the season 8–1, their best start since 1969. April 4 – Dexter Fowler had three hits and Miguel Montero homered and drove in three runs as the Cubs clobbered the Angels 9–0 on Opening Day in Anaheim.
Jake Arrieta pitched seven shutout innings allowing only 2 hits for the win. April 6 – Dexter Fowler, Matt Szczur, Anthony Rizzo all homered as the Cubs again handled the Angels, winning 6–1. Jon Lester pitched seven innings. April 7 – As the Cubs next traveled to Arizona to face the Diamondbacks, Kyle Schwarber and Dexter Fowler collided in the outfield which resulted in a torn his ACL and LCL in Schwarber's left knee that would cause him to miss the remainder of the regular season. In the game, the Cubs fell behind early, but came from behind as Anthony Rizzo drove in six runs and Fowler drove in two runs as the Cubs won 14–6, their third straight win to open the season. John Lackey struggled in his first start as a Cub, giving up six runs in six innings, but the Cub bullpen shut out the D-backs for the remainder of the game to secure the win. April 8 – In the second game of the series in Arizona, the Cubs took an early lead on a bases loaded walk by Jason Heyward and groundout by Ben Zobrist.
Jason Hammell pitched well, allowing only one run in six innings, but four Cub relievers allowed two runs including the walk-off single by Yasmany Tomas as the Cubs fell for the first time on the season 3–2. April 9 – In game three of the series, the Cubs jumped up on the D-backs early, scoring three runs in the first inning. Kyle Hendricks allowed two runs in 6.2 innings of work and Hector Rondon earned his first save of the season as the Cubs won 4–2. April 10 – In the final game of the series, Jake Arrieta and Jorge Soler each homered and drove in two runs. On the mound, Arrieta scatter eight hits in seven innings of work while giving up three runs as the Cubs defeated the D-backs 7–3. April 11 – The Cubs opened the season at Wrigley Field against the Cincinnati Reds, but fell behind 3–0 early. Jon Lester only lasted six innings while giving up the three runs and left trailing 3–0. However, Jason Heyward drove in two runs in the seventh to narrow the lead to 3–2 and Addison Russell hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the eight to give the Cubs the 5–3 win.
April 13 – After an off day, the Cubs jumped out to an early 5–1 lead in the first inning against the Red and pushed the lead to 9–1 by the fourth inning. John Lackey allowed two runs in 6.2 innings in the 9–2 blowout. April 14 – Looking to sweep the Reds, the Cubs led throughout, breaking open a 3–0 lead in the eighth inning by scoring five runs to push the lead to 8–0; the Reds managed a run in the ninth, but the Cubs moved their record to 8–1 on the season in the 8–1 win. April 15 – The Colorado Rockies next visited Wrigley for a three-game series. Kyle Hendricks allowed four runs in six innings and the Cub bullpen allowed two more as the Cubs fell 6–1; the Cubs managed only four hits in the game while committing four errors. April 16 – The Cubs bounced back the next day, scoring six runs on homers by Anthony Rizzo, Jorge Soler, Dexter Folwer. Jake Arrieta pitched eight scoreless innings before Travis Wood allowed two runs to the Rockies in the ninth as the Cubs won 6– April 17 – The Cubs were shutout by future Cub pitcher Tyler Chatwood as the Rockies beat the Cubs 2–0.
Jon Lester allowed one run in 7.1 innings. The loss marked the first series loss on the season for the Cubs. April 18 – The Cubs next traveled to St. Louis to face the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. John Lackey pitched seven innings while driving in a run; the Cub bullpen blanked the Cardinals as Dexter Fowler homered in the 5–0 win. April 19 – Jason Hammel allowed only one run in six innings and drove in
2011 World Series
The 2011 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's 2011 season. The 107th edition of World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff played between the American League champion Texas Rangers and the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals; the Series was noted for its back-and-forth Game 6, in which the Cardinals erased a two-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth inning did it again in the 10th. In both innings, the Rangers were one strike away from their first World Series championship; the Cardinals won the game in the 11th inning on a walk-off home run by David Freese. The Series was known for the blowout Game 3, in which Cardinals player Albert Pujols hit three home runs, a World Series feat accomplished only by Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth, subsequently by Pablo Sandoval; the Series began on October 19, earlier than the previous season so that no games would be played in November. The Cardinals enjoyed home-field advantage for the series because the NL won the 2011 All-Star Game 5–1 on July 12.
The 2011 World Series was the first World Series to go all seven games since 2002. The Rangers appeared in their second consecutive World Series, they were the first American League team to play in consecutive World Series since the New York Yankees did it from 1998 to 2001. They earned their postseason berth by winning the American League West division, defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Division Series and the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series to earn their World Series berth; the Cardinals appeared in their 18th World Series, third in eight years. They won in 2006 against the Detroit Tigers; the Cardinals earned their postseason berth by winning the National League Wild Card on the last day of the regular season, defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League Division Series and the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Championship Series to earn their World Series berth. This Series was only the second time the Cardinals played each other.
This was the first World Series assignment for umpires Greg Ron Kulpa. Each of the other umpires had worked one World Series; the Cardinals were supported by fans brandishing Rally Squirrel memorabilia to celebrate their new impromptu mascot acquired during the playoff run which they credited with turning the Cardinals' fortunes around. This was the Rangers' second appearance in the World Series. Heading into 2010, their 50th season as a franchise, the team was the only one in Major League Baseball to never win a postseason series, was one of three teams to never appear in the World Series. However, that season, the Rangers won their first postseason series and made their first appearance in the World Series, only to lose to the San Francisco Giants in five games. During the offseason, Chuck Greenberg, who purchased the Rangers from Tom Hicks during the 2010 season along with Nolan Ryan, sold his interest in the team to Ryan, making him the Rangers' principal owner. Notable player departures during the offseason included pitcher Cliff Lee and outfielder/designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero and catcher Bengie Molina, who retired.
Notable free agent additions during the offseason included pitchers Yoshinori Tateyama and Brandon Webb, catcher Yorvit Torrealba, third-baseman Adrián Beltré. In January 2011, as part of a three-way trade with the Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Rangers acquired catcher Mike Napoli in exchange for pitcher Frank Francisco. During the season, the team acquired pitcher Koji Uehara from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for infielder Chris Davis, Mike Adams from the San Diego Padres in exchange for two minor-league pitchers. Pitcher Arthur Rhodes was signed with the St. Louis Cardinals days later. With the exception of one day in late April and a brief stretch in early May, the Rangers led the American League West for most of the season, they finished the season with a franchise record 96–66 and won their second consecutive and fifth overall division title, 10 games ahead of the second-place Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. They set a franchise record for home attendance of 2,946,949.
Texas earned the most shutouts in the American League. All five members of the opening day starting rotation stayed in the rotation for the entire year. C. J. Wilson tied for the league lead in starts with 34 while Derek Holland tied for second in shutouts with four, with each pitcher racking up at least 13 wins; the offense had another good year with three players getting 30-plus home runs for the first time in team history, Ian Kinsler completing his second 30–30 season. The Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays three games to one in the American League Division Series before beating the Detroit Tigers four games to two in the American League Championship Series; the Rangers lost home-field advantage in the World Series as a result of the AL team, managed by Rangers manager Ron Washington, losing the 2011 All-Star Game, when Ranger ace C. J. Wilson surrendered the game-winning three-run homer to Prince Fielder; the Cardinals made their first World Series appe
2011 St. Louis Cardinals season
The St. Louis Cardinals' 2011 season was the team's 130th season in St. Louis, its 120th season in the National League, its sixth season at Busch Stadium III; the Cardinals began their season at home against the San Diego Padres on March 31, following an 86–76 record and second-place finish in the NL Central in 2010. The team returned to postseason play in 2011 as the Wild Card team, after finishing second in the NL Central to the Milwaukee Brewers by six games; the Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Phillies in five games in the Division Series and the Milwaukee Brewers in six games in the National League Championship Series. They defeated the Texas Rangers in the 2011 World Series in seven games. Cardinals co-owner, team treasurer, member of the board of directors Andrew N. "Drew" Baur died at his home at 66, in Gulf Stream, Florida on February 20, 2011. On Oct 18, 2010, manager Tony La Russa decided to return for his 16th season with the Cardinals after agreeing to terms for a new one-year contract, a mutual option for a second year.
Bullpen coach Marty Mason was not retained, but all the other coaches returned with extended contracts. On November 2, 2010, the team named a bullpen coach to replace Mason: Derek Lilliquist, the team's pitching coordinator for the last three seasons. Announced that day: Greg Hauck was promoted to head athletic trainer, while longtime head trainer Barry Weinberg assumed duties as assistant athletic trainer. On Oct 6, 2010, the Cardinals picked up the $16 million option on Albert Pujols. On November 30, 2010, the Cardinals traded pitcher Blake Hawksworth for middle-infielder Ryan Theriot in a trade with Dodgers, they signed free agent left-handed relief pitcher Brian Tallet. On December 12 the Cardinals cleared a space for Theriot at shortstop by trading incumbent shortstop Brendan Ryan to the Seattle Mariners for Class-A prospect Maikel Cleto. On December 4, 2010, the Cardinals signed 34-year-old free agent Lance Berkman to a 1-year, $8 million deal. Berkman, slated to play right field for the first time since 2004, had slumped to a.248 average in 2010 and had hit poorly after his midseason trade to the New York Yankees.
As a Cardinal in 2011, he hit 31 home was named NL Comeback Player of the Year. On December 14, 2010, the Cardinals signed free agent catcher Gerald Laird to a one-year contract. On January 15, 2011, Albert Pujols, through his agent Dan Lozano, told the Cardinals that the date to report to Spring training was the deadline to reach a deal on a new contract. Negotiations failed to produce a deal, on February 16 Pujols suspended negotiations, citing an unwillingness to be distracted during the season, including Spring training. Pujols received $16 million in $111 million over his previous eight seasons. Pujols had asked worth up to $300 million, averaging $30 million per year. On January 21, 2011, the Cardinals signed free agent backup infielder Nick Punto to a one-year contract for $750,000. In a surprise announcement on February 4, the Cardinals signed former Cardinal Jim Edmonds to a minor-league contract, an invitation to Spring training as a non-roster invitee, he hit 241 home runs as a Cardinal in his eight years, made three All-Star teams, won six Gold Gloves.
He needed seven home runs to reach 400. On February 18, Edmonds announced his retirement from baseball, citing the risk of permanent damage in his comeback from Achilles tendon surgery. On October 6, 2010, the Cardinals picked up the option on LH relief specialist Trever Miller after he vested his option with his 45th appearance in 2010, finished the season healthy. On November 16, 2010, the Cardinals signed free agent pitcher Jake Westbrook to a two-year deal through 2012 for $16.5 million, with a mutual option for 2013, a full no-trade clause. The Cardinals had acquired Westbrook in a 2010 trade. On Jan 15, 2011, the Cardinals agreed to a one-year contract with reliever Kyle McClellan in avoiding arbitration. Salary was not announced; the Cardinals suffered a severe setback at the beginning of spring training. On Feb 24, 2011, it was confirmed that ace pitcher Adam Wainwright needed Tommy John surgery on his right elbow after experiencing discomfort in throwing batting practice on February 21.
It meant missing, at the entirety of the 2011 season. Wainwright was coming off a 2010 season in which he won a career-high 20 games, made the All-Star game, finished second in National League Cy Young Award voting; the Feb 28 surgery on Wainwright in St. Louis was described as'successful.' Starting in 2010, the Cardinals started a campaign to award longtime hero Stan Musial the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The initiative was nicknamed Stand for Stan. On February 15, 2011, the program came to fruition, as President Barack Obama awarded Musial the medal; the Cardinals released their 2011 Spring training schedule on December 3, 2010. St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training Schedule The scheduled exhibition game on March 29, vs. their AA-level Springfield Cardinals team, was canceled the day before because bad weather was expected. The Cardinals opened 2011 with a loss at home against the San Diego Padres on March 31, after leading 3–2 with two outs in the 9th inning. Matt Holliday hit what looked to be the game-winning home run in the bottom of the 8th, but closer Ryan Franklin gave up a game-tying home run in that 9th inning, sending the game to extra innings.
The Padres scored twice in the 11th to win 5–3. It was a sign of things to come for Franklin in 2011; that evening, Holliday complained of pains. After missing only seven games whi
2011 Texas Rangers season
The Texas Rangers' 2011 season was the 51st season in the overall history of the franchise and the 40th since the team relocated to Arlington, Texas. At the season outset, the Rangers were the defending American League champions. Despite playing during one of the hottest summers on record in Texas, the Rangers claimed their second consecutive American League West division title and set franchise records for winning and home attendance. Another year of improvement from the starting pitching and defense would give the Rangers the most shutouts in the American League, the trailed the Philadelphia Phillies by only two for the Major League Baseball lead. All five members of the opening day starting rotation would stay in the rotation for the entire year. C. J. Wilson tied for the league lead in starts with 34 while Derek Holland tied for second in shutouts with four, tied for first in the American League, each pitcher would have at least 13 wins; the offense, always considered a strong point for the team, would have another good year with three players getting 30+ home runs, Ian Kinsler completing his second 30–30 season.
The Rangers won their second straight AL West title, beat the Tampa Bay Rays in four games and the Detroit Tigers in six to advance to the 2011 World Series. They lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games, their second straight defeat in the Fall Classic, becoming the first team to lose back-to-back World Series since the Atlanta Braves in 1991 and 1992; the World Series was notable for the Rangers being one strike away from winning the series twice in Game 6 with a two-run lead each time before losing to the Cardinals 10–9 in an 11-inning thriller. They would go on to lose Game 7 by a score of 6–2; the biggest free agent pitcher of the 2011 market was Cliff Lee. According to major media markets, Lee's most destination for 2011 was a return to Texas, or signing with the New York Yankees. Bob Simpson, a lead investor of Rangers Baseball Express which owns the Rangers, told media "We're going to go after Cliff Lee – hard, we have the financial firepower to do that." After an extended process which included a flight by principal owner Chuck Greenberg, team investor Ray Davis, assistant GM Thad Levine to meet with Lee, his wife, agent following the winter meeting, Lee signed a five-year deal with the Phillies to return to the team which traded him away at the start of the 2010 season.
On November 3, 2010, the Rangers declined to exercise their 2011 option on Vladimir Guerrero's contract. Guerrero was a type A free agent but the Rangers would not receive draft pick compensation for Guerrero after he signed with the Baltimore Orioles. Scott Feldman underwent surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee; the rehab time for the surgery will prevent Feldman from returning to compete for a rotation spot for the start of the season. Feldman was the Texas Rangers' pitcher of the year in 2009 and opening day starter for 2010, but failed to repeat his success in 2010 after signing a three-year extension. For the second year in a row, the Rangers needed to fill the position of hitting coach after Clint Hurdle took the manager position with the Pittsburgh Pirates; the Rangers signed Thad Bosley. Bosley was a member of the A's coaching staff during Washington's time with the A's, was teammates with first base coach Gary Pettis in the Rangers organization during his final playing year.
The Rangers signed two players in November: 34-year-old free agent Japanese pitcher Yoshinori Tateyama, a side-arm throwing relief pitcher, catcher Yorvit Torrealba from the San Diego Padres. Torrealba did not cost the Rangers a draft pick for the signing. Bengie Molina, the Rangers' primary catcher in 2010, elected to retire. On December 26, the Rangers and pitcher Brandon Webb agreed to terms for a one-year contract. Webb, recovering from shoulder surgery, had not pitched in the majors since opening day of 2009; the Rangers' biggest free agent move for the 2011 season would be the signing of third baseman Adrián Beltré. The six-year, $96 million deal would force incumbent veteran Michael Young into his fourth position with the Rangers. Although Young was hesitant to make another position move, Young told the Rangers and the media he was willing to switch to designated hitter in order for the Rangers to sign Beltre. With the signing of Beltre and move of Young, the Rangers did not continue to attempt to re-sign Guerrero, who would sign a one-year deal with the Orioles.
In late January the Rangers made their biggest trade of the offseason when long-time trade target Mike Napoli was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays for relief pitcher Frank Francisco. Napoli became available to the Rangers after being sent to the Blue Jays with Juan Rivera just three days earlier in exchange for Vernon Wells; the weakening of the bullpen from the loss of Francisco would not be the biggest problem from the Napoli trade as DH utility infielder Michael Young would demand his second trade request in three years. After a press conference in which Rangers president Nolan Ryan and GM Jon Daniels acknowledged Young's trade request, indicating Young had a change of heart after agreeing to be the primary designated hitter, Young fired back telling the press The suggestion that I had a change of heart and asked for a trade is a manipulation of the truth. I asked for a trade because I've been misled and manipulated and I'm sick of it. Although trade rumors concerning Young would continue after his demand, as it did during and after the winter meetings, no trade would be forthcoming and Young reported for Spring training
1986 New York Mets season
The 1986 New York Mets season was the Mets' 25th season in the National League. They improved from a 98–64 record in 1985 to finish the season with a franchise record 108–54 record, giving them the division title, they went on to defeat the Houston Astros in six games in the NLCS and the American League champion Boston Red Sox in seven games in the World Series. This is their last championship to date. Darryl Strawberry and Ron Darling made their debuts in 1983, followed by Dwight Gooden and Sid Fernandez in 1984, Lenny Dykstra and Roger McDowell in 1985; the Mets hired Davey Johnson to manage the ballclub in 1984, resulting in a solid season with 90 victories and a second-place finish. The rise continued in 1985, as they netted 98 wins and finished the season only 3 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals. In the 1985–86 offseason, general manager Frank Cashen brought in Tim Teufel, a right-handed hitting infielder from the Minnesota Twins and Bob Ojeda, a left-handed pitcher from the Boston Red Sox.
The Mets added them to an existing veteran core including along with former MVPs George Foster and Keith Hernandez, veteran catcher Gary Carter and speedsters Wally Backman and Mookie Wilson. With these acquisitions, many predicted an easy dominance within the division. For once, the pundits were right. During spring training, Davey Johnson said to his players that they were not only going to win, but that they would dominate; that meant winning the division by double digits. The Mets concluded the season winning a club record 108 games, two out of every three, finishing the season 21 1/2 games in front of the Philadelphia Phillies. November 13, 1985: Calvin Schiraldi, Wes Gardner, John Christensen, La Schelle Tarver were traded by the Mets to the Boston Red Sox for Bob Ojeda, Tom McCarthy, John Mitchell and Chris Bayer. November 13, 1985: Kelvin Chapman was released by the New York Mets. December 10, 1985: Clint Hurdle was drafted from the Mets by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1985 rule 5 draft.
January 16, 1986: Ronn Reynolds was traded by the New York Mets with Jeff Bittiger to the Philadelphia Phillies for Rodger Cole and Ronnie Gideon. January 16, 1986: Billy Beane, Joe Klink, Bill Latham were traded by the Mets to the Minnesota Twins for Tim Teufel and Pat Crosby. March 4, 1986: Tim Corcoran was signed as a free agent by the Mets; the 1986 New York Mets held Spring training at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Florida for the 25th season. April 1, 1986: Tom Gorman was released by the Mets. April 5, 1986: Doug Frobel was traded by the Montreal Expos to the New York Mets for Joe Graves and Rodger Cole. June 2, 1986: 1986 Major League Baseball draft Curtis Pride was drafted by the Mets in the 10th round. Player signed June 12, 1986. John Olerud did not sign. June 9, 1986: Tim Corcoran was released by the Mets. August 3, 1986: Lee Mazzilli was signed as a free agent by the Mets. August 7, 1986: George Foster was released by the Mets. August 24, 1986: Alex Diaz was signed as an amateur free agent by the Mets.
The Mets had a rocky start with a 2–3 record. But when the Mets hosted Philadelphia at Shea Stadium a few days they kicked off an 11-game winning streak, their toughest test in this stretch happened in St. Louis. On April 24, Howard Johnson hit a game-tying homer. A few games Wally Backman made a series-saving double-play; the Mets finished the month 13–3. The Mets continued dominating in May. On May 23, 1986, Mookie Wilson had 5 hits in one game versus the San Diego Padres; the turning point for the Mets season came on May 27 when third baseman Ray Knight brawled with Dodgers' pitcher Tom Niedenfuer. This gave the Mets a reputation for fighting. Many other teams hated their curtain calls; the Mets would go 18-8 in May and end the month with a season record of 31-12. This month, the shining light came on June 10 against the Phillies when Tim Teufel hit a pinch-hit, game-winning grand slam; the Mets would go 19-9 during June and finish the month with a season record of 50-21. On July 3 against Houston, Darryl Strawberry hit a game-tying home run.
But it was Ray Knight who won the game with a homer of his own, after striking out in his first four at-bats. Dwight Gooden's first half performance was good enough for him to earn the honor of being named starting pitcher for the National League in the All-Star Game in the Astrodome; this game marked the end of a streak where the NL won 13 of the previous 14 games and served as foreshadowing for what would happen next. In the month, the Mets lost three of four to the Astros. During this series, four Mets were arrested at a popular nightclub in Houston, their fortunes improved in a bizarre game in Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium on July 22. In the top of the ninth, Dave Parker dropped the ball that could have been the final out for the Reds, allowing the Mets to tie the game. In the bottom of the tenth, Eric Davis got to brawled with Ray Knight. Both men, along with Mario Soto, were ejected. Johnson was forced to alternate Jesse Roger McDowell in the outfield. In the bottom of the twelfth, Carl Willis bunted into a double-play.
In the top of the fourteenth, Howard Johnson hit. The Mets would go 16-11 during July and finish the month with a season record of 66-32 and be up by 15.5 games in the NL East division. Former MVP George Foster was released. Former Mets favorite Lee Mazzilli would return. Gary Carter would be injured. While he was gone, the Mets would win 8 of 11 games; the highlight came on August 27 in Jack Murphy Stadium against the Padres when Tim Flannery would hit one into the outfield. However, it
2015 World Series
The 2015 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's 2015 season. The 111th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the National League champion New York Mets and the American League champion Kansas City Royals; the series was played between October 27 and November 1, with the Royals winning the series 4 games to 1. It was the first time since the 2010 World Series; the Royals became the first team since the Oakland Athletics in the 1989 World Series to win the World Series after losing in the previous year. It was the first World Series to feature only expansion teams and the first since the 2007 World Series to not feature the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, or San Francisco Giants as the NL champions; the Royals had home field advantage for the first two games of the series because of the AL's 6–3 victory in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It was the 13th World Series in which home field advantage was awarded to the league that won the All-Star Game, a practice, discontinued after the 2016 season.
The series was played in a 2–3–2 format: the Royals hosted Games 1 and 2, the Mets hosted Games 3, 4, 5. The Royals won Game 1 in extra innings; the Royals won Game 2 with a complete game by Johnny Cueto, who allowed only one unearned run and two hits. With the series shifting to New York, the Mets won Game 3 with home runs by David Wright and Curtis Granderson; the Royals came from behind to win Game 4 after an error by Daniel Murphy led to a blown save by Jeurys Familia. Game 5 went into extra innings, where bench player Christian Colón drove in the go-ahead run for the Royals, who clinched the series. Salvador Pérez was named the World Series Most Valuable Player; the Mets made their fifth appearance in the World Series after sweeping the Cubs 4–0 in the 2015 National League Championship Series. They had split their four previous appearances, winning the 1969 World Series against the Baltimore Orioles and the 1986 World Series against the Boston Red Sox, while losing the 1973 World Series against the Oakland Athletics and the 2000 World Series against the New York Yankees, their cross-town rivals.
The Mets qualified for the postseason by winning the National League East, their sixth division title. They faced the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2015 NL Division Series. In the 2015 NLCS, Daniel Murphy led the team by hitting home runs in each game of the four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs. By winning the NLCS, the Mets ensured that they have the most World Series appearances by an expansion franchise with five. In addition, the Mets have made World Series appearances in all but one of their six decades of existence, not appearing in any that were played during the 1990s; this was the first World Series appearance for Mets' manager Terry Collins. The Royals made their second consecutive appearance in the World Series, both under Ned Yost, fourth overall, they won the 1985 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, lost their two other appearances, the 1980 World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies and the 2014 World Series against the San Francisco Giants; the Royals qualified for the postseason by winning the American League Central, their seventh division title and their first since winning the AL West in 1985.
They faced the Houston Astros in the 2015 American League Division Series. They followed that up in the 2015 American League Championship Series, beating the Toronto Blue Jays in six games. By winning the ALCS, the Royals became the first team to play in consecutive World Series since the Texas Rangers played in the 2010 World Series and 2011 World Series; the series began on October 27. As the AL won the 2015 All-Star Game, the Royals had home field advantage for the series; the Mets and Royals had not played since 2013. Though the Mets boasted four starting pitchers who could throw over 95 miles per hour in Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz, the Royals had the best team batting average against pitches over that speed during the 2015 season. While the Mets starting pitchers had the best strikeout-to-walk ratio in the majors, the Royals, consisting of strong contact hitters, led baseball in contact rate; the Royals had a superior defensive team, finishing second in the majors in Defensive Runs Saved, while the Mets finished 21st.
The Royals bullpen, anchored by Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera provided a strength. While the Mets hitters performed better against left-handed pitchers than right-handed pitchers, the Royals four starting pitchers, Johnny Cueto, Edinson Vólquez, Yordano Ventura, Chris Young, primary relievers, Herrera, Ryan Madson, Luke Hochevar, are right-handed; this was the first time the World Series was played by teams which both entered the league as expansion teams. The Mets joined the National League in 1962, the Royals joined the American League in 1969. Kansas City won the series, 4–1; the ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by George Brett. Matt Harvey started Game 1 for the Mets. Vólquez's father had died earlier in the day, he was not aware of his father's death. On the first pitch thrown by Harvey, Alcides Escobar hit an inside-the-park home run, the first in a World Series game since Mule Haas in the 1929 World Series, the first hit by a leadoff batter since Patsy Dougherty did it for the Boston Americans in the 1903 World Series.
In the fourth inning, Murphy recorded the Mets' first hit, scored their first run on a hit by Travis d'Arnaud. Curtis Granderson hit a home run in the fifth inning to give the Me
New York City
The City of New York called either New York City or New York, is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2017 population of 8,622,698 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles, New York is the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 20,320,876 people in its 2017 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 23,876,155 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural and media capital of the world, exerts a significant impact upon commerce, research, education, tourism, art and sports; the city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.
Situated on one of the world's largest natural harbors, New York City consists of five boroughs, each of, a separate county of the State of New York. The five boroughs – Brooklyn, Manhattan, The Bronx, Staten Island – were consolidated into a single city in 1898; the city and its metropolitan area constitute the premier gateway for legal immigration to the United States. As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. New York City is home to more than 3.2 million residents born outside the United States, the largest foreign-born population of any city in the world. In 2017, the New York metropolitan area produced a gross metropolitan product of US$1.73 trillion. If greater New York City were a sovereign state, it would have the 12th highest GDP in the world. New York is home to the highest number of billionaires of any city in the world. New York City traces its origins to a trading post founded by colonists from the Dutch Republic in 1624 on Lower Manhattan.
The city and its surroundings came under English control in 1664 and were renamed New York after King Charles II of England granted the lands to his brother, the Duke of York. New York served as the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790, it has been the country's largest city since 1790. The Statue of Liberty greeted millions of immigrants as they came to the U. S. by ship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is an international symbol of the U. S. and its ideals of liberty and peace. In the 21st century, New York has emerged as a global node of creativity and entrepreneurship, social tolerance, environmental sustainability, as a symbol of freedom and cultural diversity. Many districts and landmarks in New York City are well known, with the city having three of the world's ten most visited tourist attractions in 2013 and receiving a record 62.8 million tourists in 2017. Several sources have ranked New York the most photographed city in the world. Times Square, iconic as the world's "heart" and its "Crossroads", is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway Theater District, one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections, a major center of the world's entertainment industry.
The names of many of the city's landmarks and parks are known around the world. Manhattan's real estate market is among the most expensive in the world. New York is home to the largest ethnic Chinese population outside of Asia, with multiple signature Chinatowns developing across the city. Providing continuous 24/7 service, the New York City Subway is the largest single-operator rapid transit system worldwide, with 472 rail stations. Over 120 colleges and universities are located in New York City, including Columbia University, New York University, Rockefeller University, which have been ranked among the top universities in the world. Anchored by Wall Street in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, New York has been called both the most economically powerful city and the leading financial center of the world, the city is home to the world's two largest stock exchanges by total market capitalization, the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. In 1664, the city was named in honor of the Duke of York.
James's older brother, King Charles II, had appointed the Duke proprietor of the former territory of New Netherland, including the city of New Amsterdam, which England had seized from the Dutch. During the Wisconsinan glaciation, 75,000 to 11,000 years ago, the New York City region was situated at the edge of a large ice sheet over 1,000 feet in depth; the erosive forward movement of the ice contributed to the separation of what is now Long Island and Staten Island. That action left bedrock at a shallow depth, providing a solid foundation for most of Manhattan's skyscrapers. In the precolonial era, the area of present-day New York City was inhabited by Algonquian Native Americans, including the Lenape, whose homeland, known as Lenapehoking, included Staten Island; the first documented visit into New York Harbor by a European was in 1524 by Giovanni da Verrazzano, a Florentine explorer in the service of the French crown. He named it Nouvelle Angoulême. A Spanish expedition led by captain Estêvão Gomes, a Portuguese sailing for Emperor Charles V, arrived in New York Harbor in January 1525 and charted the mouth of the Hudson River, which he named Río de San Antonio.
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