It was a 7-1 win for the Kansas City Royals over Mets thanks to a two-hit complete game thrown by Johnny Cueto. This gave the Royals a 2-0 lead in the series. From the 53 teams that have started with a 2-0 lead in the series, 42 have progressed to win. Two of the clubs that eluded the trend just happened to be the Royals in 1985 and the Mets in 1986.
The third game is scheduled for Friday at Citi Field, and this is where Noah Syndergaard is set to pitch against Yordano Ventura as the Mets look for home advantage to achieve their first win.
Manager Terry Collins remarked that they have to better their offense and do a better job of using the field to hit. They’ve done it before and have to do it again.
Jacob deGrom of the Mets took his first post-season loss.
For three innings he was unhittable, but then things changed for the worse in the fifth innings with the Royals scoring four times. He struggled more than usual with a lot of balls crossing the hitting zone.
Collins said that he informed deGrom that not everything has to be a strike. Speeds have to be changed. Continuous pounding of the strike zone could result in them putting it in play, which is what happened.
On the other hand, Cueto pitched the game of his life. He allowed only two hits, struck out four and walked three in a fantastic effort.
Since his mid-season trade from Cincinnati, Cueto has been unpredictable. The Royals could not be certain if Cueto would be good or bad. Overall he had a 1-3 post-season record and earned a 6.93 run average into the game on Wednesday. However, he did much better, and the Royals offense encouraged his magnificent effort.
Royals Manager Ned Yost, felt positive in sending out Cueto to finish the game, much to the fans’ delight, who cheered as he emerged from the dugout.
Losing by 1-0, the Royals advanced in the fifth innings by scoring four against deGrom and dispatching nine men to the plate without an extra-base hit.
The Royals’ pitchers have done a great job in keeping Murphy in check. He came into the World Series with home runs in six previous post-season games, followed by 2 for 7 with a run scored in Game 1. In the second game, he was 0 for 2 with two walks and struck out twice.
Collins commented that when they play good, the lineup does well throughout.