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 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.
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.
- Matt Harvey (.219 pitching, -.072 batting, .147 total)
- Curtis Granderson (.160)
- Travis d’Arnaud (.120)
WPA Losers: None under -.100
- 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)