World Series Gut Reaction: Mets 9, Royals 3 (G3)

The relentless Mets pounded out 12 hits and nine runs to pound the Royals, 9-3, and get back into contention in the World Series. After dropping the first two in Kansas City, the Mets have a chance to tie the series Saturday night.

In his first World Series game in front of the home fans, David Wright had a monster game. He crushed a two-run homer in his first at-bat and later added a two-run single. No one deserved to have a big game more than the veteran Wright.

As much fun as it was to see the offense step up, the key was Noah Syndergaard rebounding from early trouble to give the Mets six strong innings. Once he stopped throwing pitches over the heart of the plate, Syndergaard retired 12 straight batters before running into some trouble in the sixth.

After an infield single with two outs followed by two walks, Syndergaard escaped by inducing a groundball to short to end the threat with the Mets holding a 5-3 lead.

The Royals killed any chance they had of making a comeback when they brought in their lefty specialist, Franklin Morales. He faced five batters, four of them righties and ended up giving up 4 ER in 0.1 IP. RHB had a .779 OPS against Morales during the regular season.

For some reason, the Mets felt the need to use Jeurys Familia with a six-run lead. Of course, Harold Reynolds praised the move. Metsense called it “bandwagon broadcasting” in the chatter and it’s hard to think of a better phrase. We went from the relentless Royals to the steady hand of Terry Collins in the blink of an eye. Not that you have to be negative to be a good announcer but these guys have the spine of a chocolate eclair.

Name pointed out the flip-flopping in the booth over the first pitch of the game by Syndergaard. It started off as a good thing because the Mets were winning, then switched to a bad thing when the Royals went ahead and then went back to a good thing by the end of the game.

The announcers and the broadcast stinks but as long as the Mets win, it’s tolerable. The victory lifted the Mets’ all-time record in Game 3 of the World Series to 4-1.

9 comments for “World Series Gut Reaction: Mets 9, Royals 3 (G3)

  1. Barryjjdk
    October 31, 2015 at 12:50 am

    Too bad Ron and Keith aren’t announcing. We are spoiled with their professionalism and insights. Fox, please spare us from anymore trivial WS records.

    • DED
      October 31, 2015 at 10:25 am

      Trivial World Series records, fawning all over the Royals, completely inaccurate commentary (Harold Reynolds’ “In Games One and Two the Royals simply dominated… Not allowing for the fact that the Mets very nearly won Game One), and spending long, long interruptions to spiel on something, anything not related to the game at hand.

      Those guys are terrible, and it makes an enormous difference. Hell, when I moved to New York in 1980 I gave the Yankees a chance to earn my affections; but besides the fact that I’d been a National League fan all my life, and didn’t like the slow pace of the AL game, there was the prospect of trying to listen to Phil Rizzuto. It was a hill too far.

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  2. TexasGusCC
    October 31, 2015 at 12:58 am

    After the game, Syndergaard did the whole MLB Network thing with the the guys from MLBN, and when asked about the first pitch he said that he just wanted to move the hitter’s feet and nothing was meant from it. After that, he went to the post game press conference where he was once again asked about the first pitch, he said what he said earlier plus “whoever doesn’t like it can meet me 60 feet 6 inches away”.

    When Kevin Millar, Sean Casey, and Greg Amsinger played this sound bite, they were stunned. They couldn’t believe the balls showed by Syndergaard and they were unilaterally impressed. I love this kid!

    Did anyone else have a problem with Terry allowing a tiring Syndergaard to load the bases with two walks in the sixth with two outs and then leave him in to face Alex Gordon? I didn’t like it, and a base hit there would have killed all the momentum this team fought so hard to wrestle away from the Royals. I don’t know about this manager of ours.

    • October 31, 2015 at 8:29 am

      Personally, I liked leaving Syndergaard in there.

      Maybe if it had been three straight hits I would have felt different. But I felt that what he had done earlier, combined with the fact that they weren’t hitting him then, made it a good time to show confidence in your guy.

      • TexasGusCC
        October 31, 2015 at 1:35 pm

        Brian, fair enough and I can understand your point. But, being down 2 games and it was still 6-3 to leave a starter that already passed 100 pitches and walked two in a row, was worrisome. Glad it all worked out and looking forward to Murphy, Cespedes, Duda, and TdA busting out! Think about it, there are four guys in the lineup (Flores) that haven’t done much. There is combustable potential here.

        A little mentioned play was the challenge of Gordon at third in the second inning. If he is safe it’s first and third with no outs. But, being out left it at man on first, with one out. Huge change for the route the inning was taking.

        • Vinnie Randazzo
          October 31, 2015 at 3:50 pm

          What nobody seems to mention is that Gordon was struck out in the first inning twice…both pitches called balls……Perez also struck out in the 2nd inning on a no call check swing that was clearly strike 3…both of those players scored……

          • TexasGusCC
            October 31, 2015 at 5:31 pm

            I agree Vinny, the strike zone seemed a little tight to Syndergaard.

  3. Metsense
    October 31, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Syndergaard’s first pitch sent a message and post game he made it clear that if you didn’t like it then you know where to find him. I never thought that TC would ever have the guts to leave him in against Rios but that first pitch of the night gave Noah the right to finish the fight he started. Thor showed what he is made of and opened my eyes to what a great competitor he is.
    David Wright set the tone with his two run home run. Granderson once again rose to the occasion. Wright with another two rbi hit. Uribe showed why he is on a World Series roster and Mondesi showed why he shouldn’t be. Franklin Morales pitching to all those right handed batters took the Royals right out of the game. Yost is a poor manager with his strategy.
    The Mets should chew Chris Young up tonight.
    Lets Go Mets !!!!!!

    • Eraff
      October 31, 2015 at 10:23 am

      I liked the decision to leave Syndee in the game during the 6th inning. I hated the move to bring Familia to the mound. I’d like them to see less/none of him, until a “real” spot. That said, he was ripping bats out of hands— a hitter can “see” that type of stuff and never hit it.

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