To score their first World Series title in 30 years, the Kansas City Royals had to win 11 playoff games. They completed the feat on Sunday night in Queens, beating the New York Mets 7-2 in a 12-inning game.
But like most of their 11 post-season victories, this last one was seemingly summoned from the ether. The Royals were losing 2-0 as the game went into the 9th inning. Facing Mets’ ace Matt Harvey, who had limited them to four harmless singles all game, the Royals somehow scratched out two runs to tie the game before pouring on five more runs in the 12th inning. Next came the champagne.
It was the eighth time that the team had come from behind to win a playoff game this year. That includes all four wins in the World Series.
Still marveling over Royals' postseason run. Eleven wins, 8 of them come-from-behind, 1.13 relief ERA, .325 AVG from 7th inning on.— Tristan H. Cockcroft (@SultanofStat) November 2, 2015
In baseball, conventional wisdom gets chewed and scattered across dugouts like so many sunflower seeds or clods of tobacco dip. Likewise, there is probably no data set that can explain how the Royals managed to get their hitting and pitching on track at the very moment that the team seemed all but dead.