The New York Mets got a much needed blowout win last night. Not only did they fend off a 3-0 hole against the Royals, they also picked up some much needed momentum after that big 9-3 victory. They had the crowd singing Billy Joel, they had the Royals pitchers struggling, and most importantly they are now a game back in the World Series. There is no time to celebrate for the Mets, as the series turns around the next day for game 4. The young Steven Matz gets the ball for the Mets in the biggest start of his career. He has the chance to become a household name in New York if he can tie this World Series back up. Last night the Mets didn’t need any pitching as they put up 9 runs in the win. Matz has been used sparingly in the postseason, as he has appeared in two games, once against the Dodgers and Cubs. He was a late addition to the Mets’ rotation from the minor league system. Matz has only 6 starts under his belt in the regular season.
This is a pitching matchup between the wily veteran and the fresh rookie. There aren’t many pitchers that have had this lack of experience getting a start in the World Series. The Mets seem to trust giving him the ball in this critical game 4 of the World Series. A loss here would pretty much doom them in this spot. Winning three straight against the Royals would be an uphill battle that would appear difficult to overcome. Chris Young has been fantastic for the Royals before a topsy-turvy career. Young opened his career in 2004 with the Texas Rangers, spending the majority of his time in San Diego with the Padres. He also has had stints with the Mets and Mariners. Young is looking to secure his first World Series with the Royals. With the Mets’ bats heating up last night, will he be able to cool them off Saturday night? If the Royals allowed a sleeping giant to wake up last night, look out, we will have a series on our hand. Find our MLB pick below.
Kansas City Royals vs. New York Mets
Chris Young (18-11, 3.06 ERA) vs. Steven Matz (4-1, 2.58)
Chris Young will be starting on short rest in this one. Young entered to pitch for 3 innings against the Mets in game 1. A brilliant showing where he didn’t give up a run and no hits. How is the Mets’ offense going to follow-up last night? They have already been stymied by Young already in this series, but after getting a look at him once is it going to make a difference? In my opinion I think the Mets’ offense keeps it going today. Thankfully for the Mets there isn’t a day break here. The line in this game is kind of telling. They have Matz a favorite at -130, a pitcher that has never pitched a game of this magnitude in his life. I expect the Mets to get to Young this time around. He has been hot, but I see him running into a wall in this matchup.
Conversely, Matz hasn’t been all that great, though. He has posted a 4.11 ERA in his last three appearances with a 1.57 WHIP. In the two postseason games he pitched, he allowed 6 hits in 5 innings and 4 hits in 4.2 innings pitched. This is such a huge stage, and I’m betting that the scale of this game gets to him. He has also allowed 4 runs this postseason in 9.2 innings pitched. Either Young or Matz may get bombed in this game. I’m just having a tough time ascertaining which one it’s going to be. In lieu of that, I have to make a play on the OVER 7.5.
PICK: OVER 7.5 RUNS (-110)