The Kansas City Royals and New York Mets matchup is underway and Pete Hodges and Rick Rowand have our 2015 World Series Game 2 preview for tonight’s game.
Game 1: Kansas City won 5-4
Game 2: Mets @ Royals 8 PM Wednesday 10/28
Game 3: Royals @ Mets 8 PM Friday 10/30
Game 4: Royals @ Mets 8 PM Saturday 10/31
Game 5: Royals @ Mets 8 PM Sunday 11/1*
Game 6: Mets @ Royals 8 PM Tuesday 11/3*
Game 7: Mets @ Royals 8 PM Wednesday 11/4*
All times are Eastern
Game 1 Recap
The first game of the 2015 World Series started with Edinson Volquez sending the New York Mets back to their dugout in order. Then things got interesting.
Alcides Escobar launched Matt Harvey’s first pitch of the night into deep left-centerfield and Yoenis Cespedes misplayed it into an inside the park homer. Cespedes got a slow jump on the ball, and then made a poor attempt at the catch before he kicked it past Michael Conforto and into the left field wall. The pair were unable to get the ball back to the infield before Escobar scored the first run of the World Series. Harvey was able to escape the inning with no more damage done despite a two-out walk drawn by Eric Hosmer.
Volquez and Harvey then traded zeroes for two innings. In the fourth, Daniel Murphy got the Mets’ first hit of the night to lead off the inning. Following a Cespedes pop out, Lucas Duda moved Murphy to third base with a single. Travis D’Arnaud then singled to score Murphy and tie the game at 1-1. Conforto then popped out and WIlmer Flores ground into a force out at second ending the trouble for Volquez.
After Kendrys Morales struck out to lead off the bottom of the fourth, there was a seven-minute delay in the game as the power was lost in the Fox broadcast compound in Kansas City. Harvey then got the next two batters out to end the inning.
With one out in the top of the fifth inning, Curtis Granderson laced a 1-2 two-seam fastball over the right field fence to give the Mets their first lead of the game. Volquez did not allow any other baserunners in the inning and Harvey pitched a perfect inning in bottom of the fifth.
Cespedes led off the sixth inning with a single and advanced to third on a single by Duda. After a D’Arnaud strike out, Conforto plated Cespedes with a sacrifice fly and Flores ended the inning after grounding out to third base.
Harvey faced his first trouble of the night since the first inning in the bottom of the sixth. Ben Zobrist hit a lead-off double and moved to third on a single by Lorenzo Cain. Eric Hosmer drove Zobrist in with a sac fly to center. Cain stole second base and then scored on a Mike Moustakas single to tie the game 3-3.
Both starters were lifted in the seventh and both bullpens did their job, keeping the score even. In the top of the eighth, Kelvin Herrera allowed a two-out single by Juan Lagares, who then stole second base. It appeared as if Herrera would get out of the inning unscathed until Hosmer misplayed a ground ball at first that Lagares scored on, giving the Mets a 4-3 lead.
Tyler Clippard replaced Addison Reed in the bottom of the eighth and allowed Zobrist to hit a lead off double. Clippard buckled down though and struck out Cain and Hosmer, each on three pitches. Zobrist advanced to third on a wild pitch to Morales, who then walked, which ended Clippard’s night. The impressive Jeurys Familia, who had not allowed a run in 9 ⅔ innings of postseason pitching, then entered the game to get the four-out save. Familia quickly got Moustakas to ground out and end the trouble for the Mets.
Luke Hochevar entered the game in the ninth inning, hoping to keep the Mets’ lead at only one run. After retiring Granderson, Hochevar allowed David Wright to single, but he wouldn’t stay on the bases for long. Wright appeared to steal second base, but on a replay it was ruled that Wright was tagged before he got to second. Hochevar then got Murphy to fly out to center field ending the top of the ninth.
After Salvador Perez ground out to shortstop, Alex Gordon drove the ball over the center field fence that ended Familia’s scoreless streak at 10 ⅓ innings. The game was tied at 4-4 and Familia sat down the next two batters to send the game into extra innings.
Both bullpens then traded zeroes for four and a half innings. Scheduled Game 4 starter Chris Young pitched three scoreless innings and John Niese pitched two scoreless inning of his own.
In the bottom of the 14th, Bartolo Colon came out to pitch his third inning of relief, but he would not finish it. After reaching on an error by Wright, Escobar went from first to third on a Zobrist single. The Mets then opted to intentionally walk Cain to load the bases so there would be a force out at home in case of a ground out. However, that plan was not to be as Hosmer was able to lift the ball to right field and end the game on a sac fly, 5-4 Royals.
The viewing audience learned during the game that Voquez’s father had passed away shortly before the game started. At the request of his wife, Volquez wasn’t told until after his night on the mound was over.
Game 2 Starters
Jacob deGrom won Game 1 of the NLDS and will take the hill for the Mets in Game 2 of the World Series. In his first career postseason start, deGrom shut down the Dodgers, tossing seven brilliant shutout innings, allowing just five hits and one walk and striking out 13. In the deciding Game 5 of the NLDS, deGrom shined as he went six innings and gave up just two runs. The young righty then proved his mettle again in Game 3 of the NLCS as he went seven innings allowing just two runs on the way to yet another victory.
The young ace had a 14-8 record with a 2.54 ERA, 2.70 FIP, and a 2.92 xFIP during the regular season. His BAA was an impressive .210. deGrom throws a four-seam fastball more than any other pitch (45.57%) while mixing in a slider (16.22%), sinker (16.13%), change (12.26%) and curve (9.82%). He throws his fastballs around 95-mph, while his other pitches range between 81-mph and 89-mph.
In the regular season, Johnny Cueto posted an 11-13 record in 32 starts with an ERA of 3.44, a FIP of 3.55 and a xFIP of 3.78. His go-to pitch is his four-seam fastball (34%), followed by his sinker (20%) and slider (18%). He’ll also throw a changeup (13%) and a cutter (12%) with a rare curve. His FB and sinker are thrown in the 93-mph range.
Cueto pitched in Games 2 and 5 of the ALDS. In the first game he wasn’t sharp giving up four runs in the first three innings. He settled down after that and left the game after six innings allowing four runs on seven hits, three walks with five strikeouts.
In Game 5, Cueto pitched very well allowing just two earned runs in eight innings on two hits with eight strikeouts.
In his one start in the ALCS he lasted just two innings, allowing 8 earned runs and frankly, didn’t look like he wanted to be out there.