The New York Mets bounced back in a huge 9-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals last night in front of their home crowd in Citi Field. The big win in last night game puts the Mets just one game behind the Royals in the World Series heading into game 4 and gives the Mets hope again.
Rookie starter Noah Syndergaard, made his first World Series start at just 23 years old and Thor took full advantage of the opportunity. Syndergaard started the game off a little shaky, allowing 1 run in the first and 2 in the second. After a slight rough start Syndergaard would settle down from there and dominate the royals lineup that had been so good in the first 2 games of the series. On top of stellar pitching the Mets offense exploded in the sixth putting up 4 runs and locking up a 9-3 lead.
Syndergaard made the royals uncomfortable at the plate the entire game and made it impossible for their team to be aggressive like they are known for being. From the first pitch Syndergaard threw a 98 mph fast ball in the vicinity of Alcides Escobar's head, and when asked about the pitch after the game he admired it was no accident.
"My intent on that pitch was to make them uncomfortable, and I feel like I did just that," Syndergaard said. "I think in every postseason game that Escobar has played in, he's swung at the first-pitch fastball. I didn't think he would want to swing at that one...I mean, I certainly wasn't trying to hit the guy, that's for sure. I just didn't want him getting too comfortable. If they have a problem with me throwing inside, then they can meet me 60 feet, 6 inches away. I've got no problem with that."
Syndergaard certainly accomplished his goal of making them uncomfortable at the plate. He struck out 6 batters over six innings and notched the crucial first win for the mets.
The Royals did not take Syndergaard's actions lightly and emotions escalated from there. "I think the whole team was pretty upset. The first pitch of the game goes whizzing by our leadoff man's head," Mike Moustakas said. "I think all 25 guys in that dugout were pretty fired up."
It will be interesting to see how the Royals react to Syndergaard's comments and the Mets when they face off tonight in their game four match up.
Syndergaard dares Royals to meet him at mound
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