An exciting game 1 yesterday in the World Series, which resulted in a long 14 inning affair ending in a sac-fly in favor of the Kansas City Royals. Needing only two outs in the 9th inning, the Mets surrendered a solo shot to send the game into extra innings. So close, yet so far away. The game opened in exciting fashion as well, with a first pitch inside the park home run by Alcides Escobar of the Royals. It was the first time since 1929 that there was an inside the park home run in the World Series. So, yeah, it has been awhile. The Mets had a glorious chance to open this series with a 1-0 lead but couldn’t get it done with only 2 outs left to go. The nice thing for the Mets is that they don’t have to wait around and think about it all day. The World Series continues tonight in game 2 between the Mets and Royals. It is huge game for the Mets, as they can’t get a wasted outing with deGrom on the mound. Every time deGrom pitches, they need to come out with a win.
Despite Matt Harvey getting the nod in game 1, Jacob deGrom is above and beyond the ace on this staff. He had a pretty strong year, and was in contention for a Cy Young there for a while. However, he can add to his nice season with a win here. deGrom can be the reason why the Mets win the World Series. That can start tonight in Kansas City, where the Mets look to avoid getting into a 2-0 hole in the World Series. The Royals go with Johnny Cueto tonight, who hasn’t looked like Cincinnati Reds Cueto with the Royals. He most definitely hasn’t looked like Cueto in the postseason. The Royals traded for him to put them over the edge for this moment. They got to the World Series last season, but they added Cueto with the inclination that he could be the key to a World Series for the Royals. We’ll see if he is the answer in game 2 of the World Series.
N.Y. Mets vs. Kansas City Royals
Jacob deGrom (14-8, 2.54) vs. Johnny Cueto (11-13, 3.44 ERA)
Since coming to Kansas City, Cueto has had a poor ERA of 5.27 with a 1.44 ERA. So while his most recent troubles have looked like just a rough couple of games or Cueto, he’s actually been struggling for the entire duration of his time in KC. In his last three Cueto owns a 7.88 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. The Toronto Blue Jays took him for a ride for 8 runs in just 2 innings. Against the Astros in two games, he gave up 6 runs in 14 innings pitched. In half of his last ten starts, Cueto has allowed 4 or more runs. At home in Kansas City this season, he posted a 4.33 ERA. Cueto was money pitching in Cincinnati at home, but it hasn’t translated over to Kansas City. What a better time to change that, though.
I suspect that Cueto is going to need to be Cincinnati Cueto to win this game. After one of his worst starts of the season against the Miami Marlins, deGrom turned it up again, allowing 5 runs in his next four starts. In the postseason, 2 came against the Dodgers and 2 against the Cubs. I fear for the Royals in this game because they may be without Kelvin Herrera. This is the postseason, I imagine he would pitch if needed. But members of the bullpen, in particular, have fragile arms. They touched on it in the post-game show and there was agreement that this could be an issue for the Royals. He provides automatic outs out of the bullpen. If Cueto gets into trouble early like he did against the Blue Jays, it’s going to be tough to fight back against deGrom. Cueto is such a wildcard, I have no idea what we’re going to get from him, but his time with the Royals hasn’t been promising. I’m not going heavy on any of these World Series games, but in game 2 I do like the Royals to tie the series up.
PICK: METS TO WIN -115