Steve Phillips: Jeurys Familia had ‘no business’ throwing quick pitch in Game 1

The Royals and Mets kicked off the 2015 World Series with a bang last night, matching up in a 14-inning, back-and-forth classic. The Royals eventually won, 5-4, on a sacrifice fly from first baseman Eric Hosmer.

Following the game, MLB Network Radio spoke with ALCS MVP Alcides Escobar, who continued his hot-hitting with a leadoff, first-pitch, inside-the-park home run.

“This team’s never quiet,” Escobar said. “This team in the final inning just keeps pushing and pushing, and playing hard.”

The Mets led 4-3 heading into the bottom of the ninth, but an Alex Gordon home run on a quick pitch from closer Jeurys Familia tied the game up. MLB Network Radio’s Steve Phillips spoke about the pitch, criticizing Familia’s approach.

“You throw a 97 mile-per-hour sinker; why do you need to fool anybody?” Phillips said. “He tried to be Johnny Cueto cute, and it cost him. He has no business doing a quick pitch in Game 1 of the World Series.”

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