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World Series Game 3 Recap: Mets 9, Royals 3

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.

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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.

Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard, and Jeurys Familia pitched a clean inning each to close out the 9-3 victory.


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).

Tomorrow, Steven Matz faces Chris Young in game 4, 8:07 ET at Citi Field.


WPA Winners:

  • Curtis Granderson (.248)
  • David Wright (.195)

WPA Losers: None under -.100

Best Plays:

  • 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)

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World Series Game 3 Preview: Syndergaard vs. Ventura

The Mets take on the Royals at 8:07 ET tonight at Citi Field in Game 3 of the 2015 World Series. The Royals have a 2 games to none lead. Young hard-throwing right-handers Noah Syndergaard (3.24 ERA, 3.25 FIP, 1.05 WHIP, 150 IP over 24 starts) and Yordano Ventura (4.08 ERA, 3.57 FIP, 1.30 WHIP, 163 1/3 IP over 28 starts) will face off.

Syndergaard, in 3 postseason appearances (2 starts) has a 2.77 ERA, 1.44 FIP, and 1.08 WHIP over 13 innings while striking out 20, allowing 8 hits, and walking 6 (1 intentionally). His best start was his most recent against the Cubs, in which he struck out 9, walked 1, and allowed 3 hits in 5 2/3 innings of 1-run ball.

Ventura, in his 4 postseason starts of 2015, has a 5.09 ERA, 4.49 FIP,  and a 1.59 WHIP. He has allowed 20 hits, 8 walks (1 intentional), a hit batsman, and has struck out 21 in his 17 2/3 innings of postseason work. Ventura’s best start was also his most recent, a 5 1/3 inning effort in the clinching game 6 against the Blue Jays, in whichi he allowed only 1 run on 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5.

Lineups:

Mets:

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF (L)
  2. David Wright, 3B (R)
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, CF (R)
  5. Lucas Duda, 1B (L)
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, C (R)
  7. Michael Conforto, LF (L)
  8. Wilmer Flores, SS (R)
  9. Noah Syndergaard, P (L)

Royals:

  1. Alcides Escobar, SS (R)
  2. Ben Zobrist, 2B (S)
  3. Lorenzo Cain, CF (R)
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B (L)
  5. Mike Moustakas, 3B (L)
  6. Salvador Perez, C (R)
  7. Alex Gordon, LF (L)
  8. Alex Rios, RF (R)
  9. Yordano Ventura, P (R)

With the lack of a designated hitter in the National League park, the Royals must sit their power-hitting DH, Kendrys Morales. The Mets, on the other hand, opt to start offense (Michael Conforto) over defense (Juan Lagares), two days after they had the luxury of starting both.

As always, LET’S GO METS!

And don’t forget…

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World Series Game 2 Preview: deGrom vs. Cueto

The Mets face the Royals in game 2 of the World Series at 8:07 PM ET at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. The Royals currently hold a 1-0 series lead after their 5-4 victory in 14 innings last night. Jacob deGrom (2.54 ERA, 2.70 FIP, 0.98 WHIP, 191 IP over 30 starts) faces off against Johnny Cueto (3.44 ERA, 3.53 FIP, 1.13 WHIP, 212 IP over 32 starts between the Reds and Royals).

Lineups:

Mets:

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF (L)
  2. David Wright, 3B (R)
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (R)
  5. Lucas Duda, 1B (L)
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, C (R)
  7. Michael Conforto, DH (L)
  8. Wilmer Flores, SS (R)
  9. Juan Lagares, CF (R)

Royals:cueto

  1. Alcides Escobar, SS (R)
  2. Ben Zobrist, 2B (S)
  3. Lorenzo Cain, CF (R)
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B (L)
  5. Kendrys Morales, DH (S)
  6. Mike Moustakas, 3B (L)
  7. Salvador Perez, C (R)
  8. Alex Gordon, LF (L)
  9. Alex Rios, RF (R)

Jacob deGrom has been fantastic across his 3 postseason starts, allowing only 4 runs over 20 innings with 15 hits and 5 walks (1 intentional) while striking out 27. Johnny Cueto has not been as strong for the Royals over his 3 postseason starts, having allowed 14 runs over 16 innings with 15 hits, 7 walks, and a hit batsman while striking out 15. Cueto’s worst start was his most recent against Toronto, in which he allowed 8 runs on 6 hits, 4 walks and a hit batsman wile striking out only 2 over 2+ innings of work. However, Cueto’s ALDS game 5 was an 8 inning effort in which he allowed only 2 hits and 2 runs while striking out 8 and walking none.

The Royals have never faced Jacob deGrom, but the Mets faced Johnny Cueto once in 2015 when he was a member of the Cincinnati Reds. Cueto held the Mets to 2 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks over 6 innings while striking out 6. Cueto, though, has had trouble since coming to the Royals, and carried a 4.76 ERA, 4.06 FIP, and 1.45 WHIP in 81 1/3 IP over 13 starts.

Juan Lagares gets the start over Kelly Johnson today, and why not, given his defensive prowess and strong showing off the bench in game 1. Another reason Lagares is starting may have to do with Johnny Cueto’s reverse platoon splits. For the 2015 season, righties have a .322 wOBA against him while lefties are at only .262. Michael Conforto serves as the designated hitter, while Yoenis Cespedes moves to left field.

World Series Game 1 Recap: Royals 5, Mets 4 (14)

The Mets fell to the Royals in game 1 of the World Series in 14 innings. The Mets had a 3-1 lead going into the 6th inning and a 4-3 lead after 7, but the Royals tied the game in the 9th when Alex Gordon homered off of Jeurys Familia. The bullpens held the score tied at 4 until the 14th, when a David Wright error and a single put runners on the corners with no one out. An intentional walk to Lorenzo Cain set up Eric Hosmer for a walk-off sacrifice fly to right.

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The Royals got off to the fast start in game 1, when Alcides Escobar hit Matt Harvey‘s first pitch fastball into the left-center field gap for an inside the park home run, after caroming off of Yoenis Cespedes‘s leg. The Royals had a 1-0 lead.

The Mets did not get their first hit or first run until the 4th inning. Daniel Murphy singled to lead off the inning, Lucas Duda singled with 1 out, and Travis d’Arnaud hit a sharp single to third baseman Mike Moustakas that he couldn’t handle to score the Mets’ first run of the game. The score was tied at 1.

In the 5th, Curtis Granderson homered with one out to make it 2-1 Mets. In the 6th, back-to-back singles by Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda set the stage for a sacrifice fly by Michael Conforto to give the Mets a 3-1 lead.

Matt Harvey was very solid through the first 5 innings, having allowed only 2 hits, a run, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. In the 6th, Harvey gave up a leadoff double to Ben Zobrist and a single to Lorenzo Cain to put runners at the corners with no one out. Eric Hosmer hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-2, and Lorenzo Cain stole 2nd to put the tying run in scoring position. Kendrys Morales grounded to Harvey, but Mike Moustakas lined a game-tying single to center. The game was tied at 3.

The Mets scored in the top of the 7th after a 2-out single by defensive sub Juan Lagares, a stolen base, and a fielding error by Eric Hosmer on a grounder by Wilmer Flores. The Mets took a 4-3 lead. Tyler Clippard allowed a leadoff double in the 8th to Zobrist, but struck out Cain and Hosmer before walking Morales and being lifted for Jeurys Familia. Familia got Mike Moustakas to ground out to end the threat, but with 1 out in the 9th, Familia allowed a game-tying solo home run to Alex Gordon.

From there on, the bullpens battled and put up matching zeroes until the 14th. For the Mets, Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon pitched 2 scoreless innings apiece, with Colon working into and out of trouble. For the Royals, the Mets were held in check by single innings from Wade Davis and Ryan Madson, before Chris Young pitched 3 scoreless.

In the 14th, Colon allowed a leadoff baserunner on a grounder by Alcides Escobar, in which David Wright’s throw pulled Lucas Duda off the base (though on a second viewing, it looks like Escobar had the ball beat anyway). A single by Ben Zobrist put runners on the corners with no one out, forcing Colon to walk Lorenzo Cain to load the bases, putting a force at every base. Eric Hosmer hit a fly ball to right field, and Escobar tagged to score from 3rd to give the Royals the 5-4 walk-off victory.


POSITIVES: Juan Lagares had quite a game off the bench, and was 2/3 with a steal and a run scored. Lagares fought off multiple tough pitches from Kelvin Herrera in the 7th before getting on base and eventually scoring the go-ahead run. Harvey was solid through 6, but not dominant. Addison Reed and Jon Niese were especially strong out of the bullpen, and Tyler Clippard got two huge outs after allowing a leadoff double. Bartolo Colon was solid, but eventually the Royals were able to bunch up a couple of baserunners with no one out.

NEGATIVES: Michael Cuddyer was 0/3 with 3 strikeouts as a replacement for Kelly Johnson as DH. Wilmer Flores was 0/4 with a walk, but that doesn’t consider a couple of hard-hit balls and that the ball he hit in the 7th to score Lagares probably should have been ruled a hit instead of an error on Eric Hosmer. Flores also made a couple of very strong defensive plays. David Wright was 2/7, but did not come up big in key situations, and had a couple of throwing issues. Jeurys Familia blew his first save since July 30th, allowing a solo home run in 1 1/3 innings of work.

Game 2 is tomorrow at 8:07, with Jacob deGrom facing Johnny Cueto.


WPA Winner:

  • Jon Niese (.252)
  • Wilmer Flores (.181)

WPA Losers:

  • David Wright (-.218)
  • Yoenis Cespedes (-.200)
  • Jeurys Familia (-.181)
  • Michael Cuddyer (-.148)
  • Matt Harvey (-.123)
  • Bartolo Colon (-.121)

Best Plays:

  • Wilmer Flores reaches on a fielding error by Eric Hosmer, Juan Lagares scored. Mets up 4-3, 7th inning (.264)
  • Curtis Granderson hits a solo home run, Mets up 2-1, 5th inning (.159)
  • Jarrod Dyson flies out with the bases loaded and 2 outs, game tied 4-4, 12th inning, Bartolo Colon pitching (.153)
  • Mike Moustakas grounds out with 2 outs and runners on the corners, Mets up 4-3, 8th inning, Jeurys Familia pitching (.137)
  • Lorenzo Cain strikes out with a runner on 2nd and no outs, Mets up 4-3, 8th inning, Tyler Clippard pitching (.117)
  • Paulo Orlando grounds out with a runner on 2nd and 2 outs, game tied 4-4, 13th inning, Bartolo Colon pitching (.102)

Worst Plays:

  • Alex Gordon hits a solo home run, game tied at 4, 9th inning (-.472)
  • Ben Zobrist singles, Alcides Escobar advances to 3rd base, no one out, game tied at 4, 14th inning (-.264)
  • Mike Moustakas hits an RBI single, game tied 3-3, 6th inning (-.185)
  • Ben Zobrist doubles with no one out, Mets up 4-3, 8th inning (-.177)
  • Lorenzo Cain singles, Ben Zobrist advances to 3rd base, no one out, Mets up 3-1, 6th inning (-.115)
  • David Wright strikes out with runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs, game tied 4-4, 11th inning, Ryan Madson pitching (-.108)
  • Alcides Escobar hits an inside-the-park solo home run, Royals up 1-0, 1st inning (-.107)

World Series Game 1 Preview: Harvey vs. Volquez

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.

Lineups:

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  1. Curtis Granderson, RF (L)
  2. David Wright, 3B (R)
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, CF (R)
  5. Lucas Duda, 1B (L)
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, C (R)
  7. Michael Conforto, LF (L)
  8. Wilmer Flores, SS (R)
  9. Kelly Johnson, DH (L)

Royals:

  1. Alcides Escobar, SS (R)
  2. Ben Zobrist, 2B (S)
  3. Lorenzo Cain, CF (R)
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B (L)
  5. Kendrys Morales, DH (S)
  6. Mike Moustakas, 3B (L)
  7. Salvador Perez, C (R)
  8. Alex Gordon, LF (L)
  9. Alex Rios, RF (R)

Mets Bench:

Michael Cuddyer, OF/1B (R), Juan Uribe**, 3B/2B (R), Juan Lagares, CF (R), Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF (L), Kevin Plawecki, C (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):

Jeurys Familia (R), Tyler Clippard (R), Addison Reed (R), Hansel Robles (R), Jon Niese (L), Bartolo Colon (R), Sean Gilmartin (L), Jacob deGrom* (R), Noah Syndergaard* (R) Steven Matz* (L)

Royals Bench:

Paulo Orlando, OF (R), Christian Colon, IF (R), Jarrod Dyson, OF (L), Raul Mondesi**, SS/2B (S), Drew Butera, C (R)

**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):

Wade Davis (R), Kelvin Herrera (R), Ryan Madson (R), Luke Hochevar (R), Kris Medlen (R), Danny Duffy (L), Franklin Morales (L), Johnny Cueto* (R), Yordano Ventura* (R), Chris Young* (R)

As always, LET’S GO METS!

NLCS Game 4 Recap: Mets 8, Cubs 3, Mets advance to first World Seeries since 2000

The Mets defeated the Cubs by a score of 8-3, completing a 4 game sweep of the National League Division Series. The Mets jumped out to an early lead against Jason Hammel, when Lucas Duda hit a 2-out 3-run home run in the 1st inning. It was followed promptly by a solo home run by Travis d’Arnaud, giving the Mets an early 4-0 lead. They didn’t look back, adding a 2-run double by Duda in the 2nd and a 2-run home run by Daniel Murphy in the 8th, as the Mets cruised to an 8-3 victory. Steven Matz was solid over 4 2/3, allowing only 1 run on 4 hits with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Bartolo Colon, Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard, and Jeurys Familia combined to finish out the victory.

Daniel Murphy was named NLCS MVP after going 9 for 17 with a double, 4 home runs, and 6 RBI. Murphy has now homered in 6 consecutive postseason games, a new major league record, and he is only 1 shy from the major league record of 8 home runs in a single postseason.

Yoenis Cespedes left the game in the 2nd inning with left shoulder swelling. He is expected to be ready for the start of the World Series, next Tuesday.

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The Mets jumped out to an early lead on Jason Hammel. After a Curtis Granderson single, Hammel retired David Wright and Daniel Murphy before allowing a steal to Granderson and a walk to Cespedes. Lucas Duda then sent a 3-2 pitch over the center field wall for his first home run of the postseason. Travis d’Arnaud followed with a home run of his own, giving the Mets an early 4-0 lead. That was followed by a Michael Conforto hit-by-pitch and a Wilmer Flores single and stolen base before Steven Matz flew out to end the inning.

The Mets tacked on in the 2nd after a 1-out walk to David Wright chased Hammel early. Reliever Travis Wood allowed a single to Daniel Murphy and struck out Yoenis Cespedes before giving up a 2-run double to Lucas Duda to give the Mets a 6-0 lead.

Steven Matz was strong through the first three before running into trouble in the 4th inning. Matz gave up a leadoff double to Jorge Soler, a walk to Kris Bryant, and a single to Anthony Rizzo which loaded the bases with no one out. However, Matz was able to escape the jam allowing only one run, on a ground out by Kyle Schwarber. Matz struggled a bit more in the 5th, allowing a couple of 2-out singles before Bartolo Colon struck out Kris Bryant for the 3rd out.

In the 6th, Wilmer Flores led off with a triple past a diving Kyle Schwarber, but the Mets were unable to get him in, even though defensive replacement Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Curtis Granderson both hit balls sharply. Colon worked around a 2-out walk to Kyle Schwarber in the bottom of the inning before the Mets put together another threat in the 7th. Daniel Murphy led off with a double, before Juan Lagares bunted him over to 3rd. Lucas Duda walked and Travis d’Arnaud was hit by a pitch, but Kelly Johnson and Wilmer Flores were retired to end yet another threat.

Though the Mets were unable to convert on opportunities in the 6th and 7th, they were able to add on in the 8th after a perfect inning by Addison Reed. After a 2-out walk by David Wright, Daniel Murphy lined a 2-run home run to center field, his 6th consecutive game with a home run, a new postseason record. The Mets had a lead of 8-1.

Tyler Clippard ran into some trouble in the bottom of the 8th, giving up a leadoff double by Jorge Soler and a 2-run home run by Kris Bryant. He recovered to retire the next 3, sending the game to the 9th. After the Mets were unable to convert on a leadoff double by Duda in the 9th, Jeurys Familia closed it out in the bottom of the 9th, sealing the 2015 National League Pennant.


POSITIVES: 2015 NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS! Lucas Duda was 3/4 with two doubles, a home run, a walk, and 5 RBI. Daniel Murphy was 4/5 with a double, a home run, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI. Travis d’Arnaud was 1/4 with a solo home run, and Wilmer Flores was 2/4 with a triple and a walk. Steven Matz pitched 4 2/3 innings of 1 run ball, working out of a major jam in the 4th. Bartolo Colon, Addison Reed, and Jeurys Familia combined for 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

NEGATIVES: Tyler Clippard gave up a 2-run home run to Kris Bryant in his inning of work. Michael Conforto was 0/2 with a strikeout and a hit-by-pitch before he was removed for defense, but Conforto hit a liner in the 3rd that was snagged by Dexter Fowler in center. Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Juan Lagares were 0/2 with a strikeout each as defensive replacements.

Game 1 of the World Series will be Tuesday, October 27th in either Toronto or Kansas City, depending on the outcome of the ALCS (which the Royals currently lead 3-2).


WPA Winner: Lucas Duda (.348)

WPA Losers: None under -.100

Best Play: Lucas Duda hit a 3-run home run, Mets up 3-0, 1st inning (.272)

Worst Plays: None under -.100

NLCS Game 1 Recap: Mets 4, Cubs 2

The Mets defeated the Cubs by a score of 4-2 in game 1 of the National League Championship Series to take a 1-0 series lead. Matt Harvey was brilliant through 7 2/3 innings, allowing only 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks (1 intentional), and a hit batsman while striking out 9. Jeurys Familia worked around a 2-out walk in the 8th and a 2-out single in the 9th to secure the 4 out save. Jon Lester was solid for the Cubs, but allowed a 1st inning solo home run to Daniel Murphy, an RBI single to Curtis Granderson in the 5th, a solo home run to Travis d’Arnaud in the 6th, and a sacrifice fly to Granderson in the 7th.

Murphy, with his 4th postseason home run, has already tied the Mets record for home runs in a single postseason (Carlos Delgado in 2006, Mike Piazza in 2000, Rusty Staub in 1973).

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The Mets got off to a fast start, when Daniel Murphy hit his 4th home run of the postseason, a solo shot to right field. Lester settled down after that, keeping the Mets off the board again until the 5th, while Harvey retired the first 12 batters he faced, 6 via the strikeout.

In the 5th inning, Harvey hit Anthony Rizzo on an 0-2 pitch to give the Cubs their first baserunner, and Starlin Castro jumped on Harvey’s next pitch to send a double over Juan Lagares‘s head in center, scoring the Cubs’ first run of the game. The game was tied at 1. Harvey then got Jorge Soler to ground out, but Javier Baez singled on a ground ball to Yoenis Cespedes in left field. Cespedes, however, threw Castro out at the plate for the 2nd out of the inning. After Baez stole 2nd and advanced to 3rd on a Travis d’Arnaud throwing error, Harvey walked David Ross intentionally to face Jon Lester, who struck out to end the threat. It was 1-1 in the middle of the 5th.

However, in the bottom of the 5th, the Mets got the run right back. After Michael Cuddyer struck out, Wilmer Flores and Juan Lagares hit back-to-back singles, but Harvey bunted into a fielder’s choice at 3rd base, forcing out Flores. However, with two outs, Curtis Granderson singled on a soft liner to center, scoring Lagares and giving the Mets a 2-1 lead.

After a 1-2-3 6th by Harvey, the Mets added another run on a long solo home run by Travis d’Arnaud that landed in the home run apple in center field, and the Mets had a 3-1 lead. Harvey then worked around a leadoff walk and a 1-out single in the 7th. In the bottom of the 7th, Juan Lagares led off with a single before Harvey bunted him to 2nd. Lagares stole 3rd base (defense-first catcher David Ross had been pinch-hit for and removed from the game) and scored on a shallow Granderson sacrifice fly to left. The Mets had a 4-1 lead.

Harvey pitched into the 8th, but after getting the first two outs, gave up a 459 foot home run to Kyle Schwarber, ending his night. Jeurys Familia took over, and after losing Kris Bryant to a walk, got Anthony Rizzo to ground out to shortstop to end the inning. In the 9th, Familia worked around a 2-out single by Miguel Montero to end the 4-2 win. Fittingly, the final play of the game was on a diving stop by Daniel Murphy to get Tommy La Stella at 1st.


POSITIVES: Today was a fantastic and well-needed outing by Matt Harvey. Harvey was dominant early and worked around some trouble late, and overall, finished with a game score of 70 in his 7 2/3 innings. Jeurys Familia did not have his best command, but worked around a little bit of trouble in the 8th and 9th to secure his 3rd save of the postseason. Daniel Murphy continues his torrid postseason with yet another home run against an all-star pitcher (his 3rd against a lefty this postseason, compared to 1 against a lefty during the regular season). Curtis Granderson came through twice when needed, with a soft liner RBI single in the 5th and a sacrifice fly in the 7th. Travis d’Arnaud was 2/4 with a home run, and Juan Lagares was 2/3 with 2 runs scored.

NEGATIVES: David Wright looks a bit lost at the plate, and was 0/3 with a walk. Yoenis Cespedes was 0/4 with 2 strikeouts, but saved a run with his outfield assist in the 5th. Other than that, everyone in the starting lineup had at least one hit, except for Harvey.

Noah Syndergaard opposes Jake Arrieta at 8:07 tomorrow in game 2.


WPA Winners:

  • Matt Harvey (.219 pitching, -.072 batting, .147 total)
  • Curtis Granderson (.160)
  • Travis d’Arnaud (.120)

WPA Losers: None under -.100

Best Plays:

  • Curtis Granderson hits an RBI single, Mets up 2-1, 5th inning (.171)
  • Daniel Murphy hits a solo home run, Mets up 1-0, 1st inning (.122)
  • Travis d’Arnaud hits a solo home run, Mets up 3-1, 6th inning (.120)

Worst Play: Starlin Castro hits an RBI double, game tied 1-1, 5th inning (-.200)