The Royals defeated the Mets by a score of 5-3, storming back late against the Mets bullpen. The Mets had a 3-1 lead at one point, due in most part to two solo home runs by Michael Conforto, but the Royals came back in the 8th, scoring 3 runs off of Jeurys Familia after Tyler Clippard had issued back-to-back one out walks and Daniel Murphy made a key erro. The loss puts the Mets down in the series 3 games to 1, and they must win 3 in a row to win the World Series.
Both starters cruised through their first two innings, with Steven Matz working around a couple of hits (including an interference call on a would-be stolen base in the 1st). In the 3rd, the Mets struck first against Chris Young on a long home run down the right field line for Michael Conforto to give them a 1-0 lead.
Wilmer Flores followed with a single, and advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch before Matz bunted him to 3rd. Curtis Granderson then hit a sacrifice fly to right, on which it appeared right fielder Alex Rios forgot how many outs there were. Rios’s mistake gave Wilmer Flores an extra second to beat the throw home, and though the Royals challenged that Flores left too early, the call stood.
The Royals struck back for a run in the 5th, after a Salvador Perez double booted in center by Yoenis Cespedes. Alex Gordon singled him in to make it 2-1, but Matz was able to work out of trouble, retiring the next 3 hitters. Michael Conforto tacked on a second solo home run in the bottom of the 5th to make it 3-1, but the Royals struck back again in the 6th. Ben Zobrist doubled to lead off the frame, followed by an RBI single by Lorenzo Cain, chasing Matz from the game. Though Cain stole 2nd, Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon combined to get out of the jam with a 3-2 lead.
Addison Reed pitched a 1-2-3 7th before Tyler Clippard ran into trouble in the 8th. After retiring Alcides Escobar, Clippard walked Zobrist and Cain, prompting Terry Collins to bring in Jeurys Familia to try to get a 5-out save. Eric Hosmer sent a slow ground ball to Daniel Murphy that scooted under his glove, scoring a run and putting runners at the corners. The game was tied at 3 on a play that should have put runners on 2nd and 3rd with two outs. Singles to Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez put the Royals up 5-3, before Familia got Alex Gordon to ground into a double play to end the inning.
The Mets were quiet against closer Wade Davis in the bottom of the 8th as he tried for a 6-out save, but they began to put a rally together in the bottom of the 9th. With 1 out, Daniel Murphy and Yoenis Cespedes each singled, putting the tying run on first and the winning run at the plate with one out. Lucas Duda hit a weak bloop to 3rd base, caught by Mike Moustakas on the fly and flipped to first for a game-ending double play, as Yoenis Cespedes was caught way off 1st base.
POSITIVES: Being down 3-1 in the World Series, there aren’t many. Steven Matz and Addison Reed were solid as ever, with Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon getting key outs. Michael Conforto hit two home runs before being lifted for defense. Hansel Robles pitched a clean 9th after the Mets had fallen behind 5-3.
NEGATIVES: Murphy’s error could very well have cost the Mets the game, but Tyler Clippard walked back-to-back hitters with 1 out to set up the fiasco. Jeurys Familia couldn’t get out of the jam cleanly, though he did get a couple of ground balls at first. Yoenis Cespedes ruined any outside shot at a 2-out 9th inning rally by getting doubled off 1st base. Cespedes also booted a ball earlier in the game that led to a run.
This was a game that summarized Mets fans’ fears. Weak middle relief, weak defense, and an inability to hit the Kansas City bullpen (save for a solo shot by Conforto against Danny Duffy) sealed their fate. On top of that, 2 runs in 4 innings against Chris Young won’t cut it, especially when they’ll face Volquez tomorrow, plus Cueto and Ventura if the series continues past tomorrow.
WPA Winner: Michael Conforto (.239)
- Jeurys Familia (-.555)
- Lucas Duda (-.207)
- Tyler Clippard (-.099)
- Michael Conforto hits a solo home run, Mets up 1-0, 3rd inning (.136)
- Michael Conforto hits a solo home run, Mets up 3-1, 5th inning (.111)
- Eric Hosmer reaches on a fielding error by Daniel Murphy, Ben Zobrist scores. Game tied 3-3, 8th inning (-.341)
- Mike Moustakas hits an RBI single, Royals up 4-3, 8th inning (-.186)
- Lucas Duda lines into a double play with runners on 1st and 2nd and 1 out, 9th inning, Royals up 5-3 (-.169)
- Lorenzo Cain hits an RBI single, Mets up 3-2, 6th inning (-.106)
- Alex Gordon hits an RBI single, Mets up 2-1, 5th inning (-.103)
The Mets defeated the Royals by a score of 9-3 in Game 3 of the World Series, cutting the Royals’ series lead to 2 games to 1. The Mets fell behind 1-0 early, but rebounded fast on a 2-run home run by David Wright. They fell behind 3-2, but came right back on a 2-run home run by Curtis Granderson, and the Mets would not look back. Noah Syndergaard struggled early, allowing 3 runs in the first 2 innings, but rebounded to pitch four shutout innings after that, including a stretch in which he retired 12 in a row (5 via the strikeout).
The Mets jumped on Yordano Ventura early, with a single by Curtis Granderson and a home run to David Wright, and though Ventura got through the 1st and 2nd without issue after that, the Mets tacked on in the 3rd and 4th, knocking him out after 3 1/3 IP.
Noah Syndergaard got off to a good start on his first batter, throwing up and in to Alcides Escobar before striking him out on a foul tip. However, he then allowed a long double to Ben Zobrist, an infield hit to Lorenzo Cain before getting Eric Hosmer to chop into a force out. The Mets were unable to turn the double play when neither Duda nor Syndergaard made it to 1st base in time (after Duda fielded the ball), and the Royals took a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the 1st, Granderson singled to 2nd base before David Wright crushed a long home run to left, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead.
Syndergaard ran into more trouble in the 2nd, giving up a bloop single to Salvador Perez and a single to Alex Gordon, putting runners on 1st and 2nd with no one out. Alex Rios singled down the left field line scoring Perez, but Michael Conforto threw Gordon out trying to advance to 3rd base (safe call overturned on replay review). Yordano Ventura bunted Rios over to 3rd before a passed ball scored the go-ahead run. The Royals took a 3-2 lead.
Ventura retired the side in the bottom of the 2nd and Syndergaard did the same in the top of the 3rd. In the bottom of the 3rd, Noah Syndergaard lined a single to right on an 0-2 count before Curtis Granderson lined a home run down the right field line, putting the Mets ahead 4-3.
Syndergaard once more retired the side in the 4th. In the bottom of the 4th, Lucas Duda led off with a single to left before Travis d’Arnaud doubled down the left field line. Michael Conforto singled in a run on a chopper to first baseman Eric Hosmer, scoring Duda to extend the Mets’ lead to 5-3. After getting Wilmer Flores to pop out, Ventura was lifted for Danny Duffy, who struck out Noah Syndergaard after a couple of bunt attempts. Duffy then got Granderson to fly out to end the threat.
Syndergaard ran into trouble in the 6th, for the first time since the 2nd inning. After striking out the first two batters, Syndergaard allowed an infield single to Mike Moustakas before walking Perez and Gordon. Terry Collins allowed Syndergaard to face one more batter, and Syndergaard got Alex Rios to ground out to end the threat.
In the bottom of the 6th facing lefty Franklin Morales, Juan Lagares pinch hit for Michael Conforto and lined a single to left with 1 out. Wilmer Flores was then hit by a pitch before pinch hitter Juan Uribe lined a single to right, scoring Lagares to make it a 6-3 game. Curtis Granderson then reached on a fielder’s choice by Morales, who spun and faked to multiple bases before throwing off-line to 2nd, loading the bases. The brain cramp was key, since Morales likely had an easy 1-6-3 double play if he had thrown to 2nd immediately. David Wright then singled up the middle to score two against Kelvin Herrera, Daniel Murphy walked, and Yoenis Cespedes hit a sacrifice fly to make it 9-3.
POSITIVES: Curtis Granderson and David Wright were each 2/5 with a single and a home run. Granderson had 3 runs scored and 2 RBI, Wright had 1 run scored and 4 RBI. Wright became the first Met with 4 RBI in a World Series game since Rusty Staub in 1973. Granderson also made a fine defensive play in right field (video below). Noah Syndergaard was hit a little bit to start, but fought through 6 solid innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6. Syndergaard was also 1/2 at the plate. Travis d’Arnaud was 2/4 with a double, while Juan Lagares was 1/2 off the bench with a run scored. Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard, and Jeurys Familia worked a clean inning each. Juan Uribe, in his first plate appearance in over a month, singled in a run off the bench.
NEGATIVES: Daniel Murphy was 0/4 with a walk, while Wilmer Flores was 0/3 with a run scored and a hit-by-pitch (though he, once again, made some fine defensive plays).
- Curtis Granderson (.248)
- David Wright (.195)
WPA Losers: None under -.100
- Curtis Granderson hits a 2-run home run, Mets up 4-3, 3rd inning (.230)
- David Wright hits a 2-run home run, Mets up 2-1, 1st inning (.195)
- Alex Rios grounds out with the bases loaded and 2 outs, Mets up 5-3, 6th inning, Noah Syndergaard pitching (.107)
Worst Play: Alex Rios scores on a passed ball, Royals up 3-2, 2nd inning (-.100)
The Mets face the Kansas City Royals in game 1 of the World Series. Tonight’s game is at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri and starts at 8:07 PM ET. Matt Harvey (2.71 ERA, 3.05 FIP, 1.02 WHIP, 189 1/3 IP over 29 starts) gets the game 1 assignment against Edinson Volquez (3.55 ERA, 3.82 FIP, 1.31 WHIP, 200 1/3 IP over 33 starts and 1 relief appearance). The Mets and Royals have never faced each other in the World Series, and in fact, it is the first time in major league history that two expansion teams have met in the World Series.
In his two postseason starts, Matt Harvey has allowed 5 runs over 12 2/3 innings (4 earned), 11 hits, and 4 walks (1 intentional) while striking out 16 and hitting a batter. Harvey was particularly impressive in his most recent start, game 1 of the NLCS against the Cubs during which he allowed only 2 runs in 7 2/3 innings. Volquez, in 3 postseason starts in 2015, has allowed 8 runs in 16 2/3 innings, 10 hits, 12 walks (1 intentional) while striking out 15. Volquez’s best start was in game 1 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays, in which he pitched 6 shutout innings, while only allowing 2 hits and 5 walks while striking out 4.
The Mets have not played the Royals since 2013, and among the 50 active players on the two rosters, only one has played for both teams: Royals starting pitcher Chris Young. The Mets have not played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City since 2004.
- Curtis Granderson, RF (L)
- David Wright, 3B (R)
- Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
- Yoenis Cespedes, CF (R)
- Lucas Duda, 1B (L)
- Travis d’Arnaud, C (R)
- Michael Conforto, LF (L)
- Wilmer Flores, SS (R)
- Kelly Johnson, DH (L)
- Alcides Escobar, SS (R)
- Ben Zobrist, 2B (S)
- Lorenzo Cain, CF (R)
- Eric Hosmer, 1B (L)
- Kendrys Morales, DH (S)
- Mike Moustakas, 3B (L)
- Salvador Perez, C (R)
- Alex Gordon, LF (L)
- Alex Rios, RF (R)
**Juan Uribe rejoins the Mets after missing the Division Series and the Championship Series with a chest injury. He replaces Matt Reynolds on the roster. Uribe is the only player on the Mets to have won a World Series before, and he has done so twice: as a member of the 2005 White Sox and a member of the 2010 Giants.
Mets Pitchers (projected starters denoted with asterisk):
**Mondesi replaces pinch-running specialist Terrance Gore. Mondesi, should he appear in a game, would become the first player in history to make his major league debut in the World Series.
Royals Pitchers (projected starters denoted with asterisk):
As always, LET’S GO METS!