The Royals held serve and got a sweep of the first two home games with a convincing 7-1 win over the Mets Wednesday night. The series resumes on Friday in New York.
Johnny Cueto dominated the Mets throughout the game. Some believed he was on the ropes early but the Mets got very few good swings against him all night. He was in such complete control he ended up with a complete game, which is rare during the season and virtually unheard of in the playoffs. Announcers mentioned that the last time an AL pitcher had a complete game in the World Series was Jack Morris.
The early story is all about the “relentless” Royals. The team won 95 games this year so clearly they’re good. But the hits and runs produced by Kansas City in this game were at least as much due to poor pitching as good hitting. There’s no expanding the strike zone, no making hitters move their feet, and not nearly enough off-speed stuff. If you keep throwing pitches middle-middle, the other team is going to get some hits.
The bottom line is that Kansas City deserved to win this game. It’s now up to the Mets to come home and copy what the Royals did and win games in their stadium. They should have won Game 1 and gotten a split. Instead they dug a big hole. Now it’s up to Noah Syndergaard to give them a lift in Game 3.