After a crazy 14 inning rollercoaster of a Game 1 that saw the Kansas City Royals edge the New York Mets 5-4, some thought that Jacob deGrom going to the mound was going to be a much better test for the Amazin's. But after a solid four innings that saw Lucas Duda give the Mets a one run lead, it all went south and fast in the bottom of the fifth.
DeGrom walked Alex Gordon, then a single to left as Alex Rios got on. Alcides Escobar brought home Gordon with an RBI single to tie the game, then two quick outs before the single parade began.
Eric Hosmer singled to center to bring home Rios, Kendrys Morales singles to right-center to move Hosmer to third, Mike Moustakas singles to right-center to bring home Hosmer till Salvador Perez ended the inning with a groundout to third. And even thought the Royals were able to tack on runs in the bottom of the eighth, there was nothing they could do to make a comeback.
Johnny Cueto pitched a brilliant complete game in Game 2 of the World Series as he allowed two hits and one earned run with three walks and four strikeouts. But while Cueto was brilliant on the mound his defense was fantastic as six foot Mike Moustakas made some sparkling plays at third base.
His quickness to play the hot bag as well as guarding the third base line is extraordinary as his glove is so quick flagging down extra base hits not getting into Left Field. At the same time his bat has been quick and bringing in the runs has been fruitful for the Royals.
But for the New York Mets there is a sense of disappointment as deGrom was solved in the fifth inning by a Royals team that continues to put pressure on starters every time they are at the plate. When the Mets faced the Dodgers and the Cubs they were able to make adjustments during the game, but this time around if there were any adjustments they aren’t working and deGrom wasn’t able to get into the sixth inning and now Terry Collins needs to reassess what he needs to do with his lineups for Games 3 and 4.
The Mets, who started this fabulous ride from the trade deadline up till now, are in danger of getting swept and even though it’s only been two games in this World Series, the Kansas City Royals are showing why they have been so dangerous in last year’s playoffs including this year’s postseason. Their manager Ned Yost has been fantastic getting the veterans to play brilliantly with the home grown players and they are halfway to winning their first World Series championship since 1985.
It’s time to get Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling from the broadcast booth and head into the clubhouse at Citi Field to tell these Mets why they did what they did back in 1986 when they were two games down to the Boston Red Sox and came back in seven to win that second championship. Because these Mets are going to need the biggest pep talk in their care.