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Royals look to take 3-0 lead in World Series

Oct 30, 2015, 5:40 PM EDT

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WORLD SERIES GAME 3: KANSAS CITY ROYALS at NEW YORK METS

Series: Royals lead 2-0
Where: Citi Field, New York
Gametime: 8:00 p.m.
TV: FOX
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Clear, 52 degrees, wind 7 mph
Starting pitchers: KCR RHP Yordano Ventura (13-8, 4.08 ERA) / NYM RHP Noah Syndergaard (9-7, 3.24 ERA)

The Royals took a commanding 2-0 lead thanks to a dominating performance by Johnny Cueto in Game 2. Now they turn to right-hander Yordano Ventura as they hope to put themselves one game away from clinching their first world championship in 30 years.

Standing in their way is Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard who has quite the task at hand for a 23-year-old pitching in his first postseason. Syndergaard has, however, been very good so far in the playoffs. Through three appearances he has a 2.77 ERA with four earned runs allowed and 20 strikeouts in 13 innings. He will also be pitching at home, which certainly should not hurt.

Ventura is only one year older than Syndergaard, but he has nine playoff appearances to pull from. He has not been very good this postseason, though, with a 5.09 ERA in four starts. He is coming off his best start this October with one run surrendered through 5 1/3 innings when the Royals beat the Blue Jays in Game 6 of the ALCS.

In order for the Mets to get back in this series, they will need more from some of their most important offensive players. Yoenis Cespedes is 1-for-10 so far, David Wright is 2-for-11, Travis d’Arnaud is 1-for-9 and Curtis Granderson is 1-for-8. That will have to change, or else this series will end very soon.

  1. Joe Seamhead - Oct 30, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    The other night Harold Reynolds made the silliest comment that I have ever heard by a baseball analyst when he compared Cespedes to Willie Mays. Let me tell all of you something. I saw Mays play and there is no way that Mays would’ve played two different balls hit his way into Little League home runs that we’ve all seen in the past month, or so, by Cespedes. Also the double that Zobristhit in the first? I really believe Willie catches that ball. Cespedes is no Willie Mays in centerfield And Reynolds is a bozo.

    I like David Wright and I am happy for him getting the homer. That said, I wish him, and his team, no more good luck. Nothing in me wants to hear crap from Mets fans next year at Nats Park about their team being World Champs. Bad enough that they won the pennant.

    • natslive - Oct 30, 2015 at 8:54 PM

      Reynolds is a tool who needs to shut up

    • natsfan1a - Oct 31, 2015 at 6:54 AM

      I thought the same at the time on the Reynolds comment.

      I also feel the same way on Wright and the series. Early in the league playoffs, my husband was like, “Who are you rooting for?” I told him my choice, and filled him in on the most recent data point demonstrating how I am not wired to flip the switch and root for division opponents in October (in fact, I almost short-circuited last night – but I digress). I said something about Mets fans potentially walking around our park in WS gear, and he was like, “Huh, that never occurred to me. Good point.” In summary, Go Royals!!

  2. Susanfaulkner - Oct 30, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    If the Mets win one game let it be this one. I like Sydergaard and I don’t like the little loud mouth in the mound for the royals.

    • Joe Seamhead - Oct 30, 2015 at 8:43 PM

      Hi, Susan.I hope that you’re wrong. I think the Royals already got ripped off by the replay, but I love the way that they just keep coming at the Mets!

      • Susanfaulkner - Oct 30, 2015 at 8:46 PM

        He touched his helmet before he hit the bag. Plus Sydergaard is cute.

  3. Joe Seamhead - Oct 30, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Also, the Fox announcers seem to be really slanted towards NY.

    • natslive - Oct 30, 2015 at 8:57 PM

      They have a script they want to be followed….yeah seems like from the beginning they are slanted towards NY just like when Reynolds said that the first pitch and then strikeout of Escobar meant a different tone to the game – yeah tight how has that been so far

    • natsfan1a - Oct 31, 2015 at 6:56 AM

      They do, and although it wasn’t all the same crew, I thought so in the Cubs series as well.

      • natsfan1a - Oct 31, 2015 at 7:01 AM

        Er, it wasn’t the same crew at all, being on TBS and all. Gonna have some coffee now. And food. Yeah, food would be a good idea.

  4. Joe Seamhead - Oct 30, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    IsCollins really going to yo use Neise three games in a row?

    • Susanfaulkner - Oct 30, 2015 at 8:54 PM

      It’s 52 degrees holy shit it’s 75 where I live. I guess they are use to it. Oh and the pitcher Niese I guess if he is needed and void enough he will use him.

  5. Mrsb loves the Nats - Oct 30, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    So…. about that Thor making a statement comment by Harold…

    I cant stand Harold.

    • natsfan1a - Oct 31, 2015 at 7:02 AM

      I can’t stand those Viking outfits, blond wigs, and plastic hammers. But I digress.

  6. natslive - Oct 30, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Nats batters could take lessons from the KC batters

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Oct 30, 2015 at 9:03 PM

      Yeah…. Nats have that swing for the fenced mentality…

      KC is just fun to watch. Never ever ever can count them out.

  7. Mrsb loves the Nats - Oct 30, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Ventura couldn’t even give them 4.

    • Susanfaulkner - Oct 30, 2015 at 9:37 PM

      His mouth isn’t running now.

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