Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost announced the starting pitching rotation he plans to use in the upcoming World Series against the New York Mets.
Edison Volquez will face off against Matt Harvey in game one of the World Series. Volquez has had a decent year for the royals supporting a 3.55 ERA in the regular season with 155 strike outs and a 13-9 record. "It’s a great honor to pitch in this game, especially pitching at home,”
Volquez has slumped in the playoffs however, posting a 4.32 ERA and a 1-2 record in 3 postseason starts. He will face a tough matchup against Harvey and if the Royals have a chance of winning game one he will need to improve his postseason numbers. Harvey is coming of a 7 and two thirds inning outing allowing just 2 runs on four hits while striking out nine. Harvey is also supporting a 2-0 record and a 2.84 ERA in the postseason.
Game two the Royals have selected to start Johnny Cueto just like they did in the ALCS to defeat the Blue Jays and win their second straight American League title. “We wanted Johnny Cueto in Game 2 because Johnny really feeds off the home crowd, and we’re able to have Johnny in Game 2 and Game 6 here at home,” Yost said. “We think that gives us a bit of advantage having Johnny pitching at home in front of our home crowd.”
Johnny Cueto has also slumped in the postseason and notably since leaving the National league when he was traded at the deadline by the REDs. He has a 3.44 season ERA however in his 3 postseason start he is 1-1 with a 7.88 ERA. His last outing he went just 2 innings and gave up 8 earned runs. He will look to bounce back in game two against his home crowd against Jacob deGrom. deGrom has struggled with control lately and there has been rumors of fatigue, but the second year pitcher has still been able to dominate in the playoffs. He is 3-0 in 3 postseason start and has 1.80 ERA.
Yordano Ventura and Chris Young will follow in games 3 and 4 on the road in Citi Field to square off against Syndergaard and Matz. Again these matchups look extremely favorable for the Mets. If Royals have a chance in this series they will have to prove it with their bats or significantly improve their playoff starting pitching.