Noah Syndergaard: What a statement by the Mets 23-year old starter. Syndergaard rebounded from a rough start to the game and gave the Mets six quality innings allowing only the three runs on seven hits. More importantly, he did something both Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom failed to do in Games 1 and 2, and that is adjust to the Kansas City hitters in the middle innings. At one point Sydergaard retired 12 consecutive batters.
However, his biggest moment came on the first pitch when he brushed back Alcides Escobar to send a message that the Royals will not intimidate him. When asked about it later, Sydnergaard owned up to it and told the Royals to meet him at 60 feet and 6 inches. Gotta love the guts of this young man!
David Wright: Welcome to October Mr. Wright, we’ve missed you. In a rather quiet postseason, Wright came out strong on a big stage. He drove in four and hit a two-run blast that gave the Mets a 2-1 lead. His 2-run single in the sixth iced it. Hopefully this is the turnaround Wright has been looking for.
Curtis Granderson: His two run blast to the corner in right gave the Mets a 4-3 lead. Grandy now has two home runs in this World Series for the Mets.
Juan Uribe: Many fans have clamored for Uribe to get into a game, and finally a healthy Uribe pinch-hit and delivered a key RBI single in the sixth inning.
Mike Moustakas: I hope Moustakas’ mother wasn’t watching the game when he dropped the royal “Fudge” Bomb on live TV while he screaming at Noah Syndergaard. Moustakas is a passionate player, but someone needs to tell him that pitchers are supposed to establish the inside part of the plate. There was nothing bush league on Syndergaard’s part.
Yordano Ventura: the emotional roller coaster that is Ventura was on full display again for the Royals. The Mets got to him with some power, and knocked him out midway through the fourth inning. Perhaps he woke up a sleeping Giant?
Franklin Morales: Not only did Morales give up four runs in the sixth inning, he even crossed himself up on a throw back to second base and ended up loading the bases because of it. What was he thinking?
Yoenis Cespedes: Will continue to pick on Cespedes until he gets going. He had a sac fly RBI, but he was a little early on a swing that had a home run cut to it. He is still slumping and needs to turn it around fast for the Mets.
OUTLOOK: The Mets now trail Kansas City 2-1 in the World Series and must win on Saturday night to ensure the series returns to Kansas City. A lot of fans are buying into the 1986 connection karma. I will not buy into that, since any perceived connection between the two is purely ridiculous. The 2015 Mets should be allowed to make their own history. We’ll see if they do so in Game 4.