Best and Worst Moments: Game 2 World Series

Amazin' Clubhouse takes a look back at the best and worst moments from a painful Game 2 loss.

 

Game 2 unlike Game 1, did not go into extra innings and was not a five hour affair.

 Instead it was pitcher's’ duel until the middle innings where things went downhill for the New York Mets.

 The Mets lost to the Kansas City Royals 7-1, and now are down 0-2 in this best-of-seven series.

 Here are the Best and Worst moments for the Mets, from Game 2 of the 2015 World Series.

 

Best

 

1.  Game 2 did not show many great moments for the Mets. The only real real bright spot for New York, was first baseman Lucas Duda.

 In the top of the 4th inning, Duda drove in the Mets only run of the game on a RBI single that gave them a 1-0 lead.

 Duda in fact had the only two hits that the Mets had in the entire game. His 4 hits so far in the World Series are also a team high.

 

It’s a good sign for the Mets that Duda is starting to find a little grove at the plate. Since game 4 of the NLCS, Duda is hitting .538 with a home run and six RBIs.

 If Duda can keep this up at the plate, the Mets still have a shot of getting back into this series.

 

Worst

 

Two innings were the real fall for the Mets in Game 2 of the World Series.

 

1.  The first one was in the bottom of the 5th inning where the Royals offense exploded for four runs of Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom to take a 4-1 lead.

 Before that horrific 5th inning, deGrom was pitching like the true ace he his. He didn’t give up a hit until the 4th inning, and when pushed into a bases loaded jam he danced in and out of trouble.

 DeGrom though in the 5th inning just flat out ran out of gas.

 He started leaving pitches over the middle of the plate, and the Royals offense took advantage of it.

 The final line for deGrom was 5 inning pitched, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits, and only striking out Royals hitters.

 Game 2 of the World Series actually marked the first time all season that deGrom had more walks than strikeouts in a game.

 The facts are that Wednesday night was just not Jacob deGrom’s night and a big reason why the Mets lost Game 2.

 

2. The last big inning came in the bottom of the 8th inning where Royals tacked on another 3 runs to their lead.

 The runs didn’t factor really much in the outcome of the game, but it just showed how good the Royals offense is in later innings of a game.

 Both relievers Jonathon Niese and Addison Reed, who both pitched scoreless innings against K.C in game one of the world series, couldn’t keep the Royals bats at bay.

 Mets bullpen need to keep leads and games close when called upon, if they want to win the World Series.

 

3. The last worst moment for the Mets was the play of their offense in Game 2. The Mets offense only produced two hits in the entire game, and both hits came from one player in Duda.

 The Mets hitters were off balanced at the plate, all night against Royals starter Johnny Cueto.

 New York only managed to get 4 runners on base in the game, which only allowed them four times to bat with runners in scoring position.

 The Mets offense looked like it was back before the July 31st trading deadline, and was big factor in their loss to the Royals in game two.

 Offensively, the Mets need to start stringing together more hits and score runs, if they want be world series champions. They can’t expect their starting pitchers to go out and pitch a shutout every game, especially when you're facing a very tough lineup like the Royals have.

 The Mets now will head back to New York, where for the first time all postseason they'll face an 0-2 deficit. 


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