After being unexpectedly swept by the Braves, the Mets (36-32) will need to dig deep against a more formidable opponent in the Kansas City Royals (38-31). In the first series of the 2016 season, this 2015 World Series rematch was split at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Though this is a two-game set at Citi Field, this series could be pivotal for both teams as the Royals could take hold of the Al Central lead with a sweep while the Mets could get back into second place in the NL East and regain some confidence in their abilities to beat good teams.
7:10 PM Tuesday: Noah Syndergaard (7-2, 1.91 ERA) v Ian Kennedy (5-5, 4.17 ERA)
Syndergaard got his revenge against Pittsburgh in his last start dominating in eight and a third innings for the win. He allowed two runs, one of them earned on five scattered hits in the outing. The highlight, however, was his 11 strikeouts that froze the Pirates offense. Syndergaard has still not lost a game since May 6 (not to jinx anything).
Kennedy regained his composure on the bump after back-to-back losses earning a win against the Cleveland Indians in his last appearance. In six and two-thirds, he allowed four earned runs on five hits and two walks. Though the victory goes to Kennedy, he can’t seem to keep runners from crossing home plates. He has allowed 16 earned runs in his last three starts.
Pitching Edge: Though the Mets bats will have to prove themselves worthy yet again, Syndergaard should be able to take down the Royals like he did in the beginning of the season.
1:10 PM Wednesday: Bartolo Colon (6-3, 3.01 ERA) v Danny Duffy (2-1, 3.17 ERA)
Colon will get the ball in this matinee game, and he will be confident after two straight victories. Both of those starts lasted at least seven innings with only three earned runs combined. It will be hard to keep the fire burning against the Royals, but Colon has been defying odds all season long.
Duffy has been producing quality innings for the Royals, though, his record doesn’t quite show that. He has many no-decision, but his ERA doesn’t lie in that he keeps runners off the base paths. The lefty has the arsenal to make opposing hitters miss and he could very well take advantage of the Mets if they can’t hit.
Pitching Edge: Duffy has owned the Mets lineup in his career with Asdrubel Cabrera and Juan Lagares being the only Mets to get a hit off him. Give the away pitcher the edge in this one.
More About The Series
The Braves sweep this past weekend shocked the Mets, especially manager Terry Collins. It was a series the Amazin’s were supposed to win on paper, yet the bats stayed more silent than they have ever been this season. Because of this, Collins indicated that he may have to make some changes if the Mets want a winning record by the All-Star break. Dan Martin of the New York Post reported Collins saying, “You don’t want to panic early, but right now-with what’s going on- we may shake some things up.” What does that mean? It could mean some Triple-A prospects like Brandon Nimmo may get some time in the bigs to see if they can revitalize the offense. One could also interpret it to be lineup switches. Either way, the Mets need to do something quick before they find themselves in a hole heading into the latter half of the season.