The New York Mets lost the first two games of the World Series when they last won a championship, and the team is hoping that history repeats itself. The National League champs host the Kansas City Royals in Game 3 on Friday night, hoping to avoid a 3-0 series deficit.
Noah Syndergaard takes the hill for the Mets, while Yordano Ventura gets the call for the Royals. The Mets’ rookie finds himself in an unfamiliar position, having made his only two postseason starts with the team up 1-0 in the series.
“Obviously we didn't plan this to happen to be down 0-2,” Syndergaard said. “Coming back home is a big thing for us -- having the Mets faithful behind us and the greatest fans in baseball. Part of the reason our team has had so much success this year is being to handle the resiliency and come together as a team, overcome and win some ballgames.”
Ventura has made four playoff starts this year, and none of them have been overly impressive. He’s pitched just 17.2 innings in four starts, posting a 5.09 ERA. But his last start was his best, allowing one run in 5.1 innings if the American League Championship Series clincher, and Royals manager Ned Yost is confident in his Game 3 starter.
“I think he has pitched great,’’ Yost told reporters. “I am not looking at his postseason numbers. I am looking at what I see on the field and he has kept us in ball games. I think he’s doing great.’’
Ventura faces a lineup that hasn’t played well over the last two games. The Mets are hitting .165 against the Royals. Only Lucas Duda and Juan Lagares are hitting better than .222 this series.
New York went down 2-0 before winning the 1986 World Series, but they also fell into a 2-0 hole before losing to the New York Yankees in the 2000 World Series. The Mets won Game 3 in Queens, but the Yankees took the next two games and their third consecutive title.
Start Time: 8:07 p.m. ET
TV Channel: FOX
Online Stream: Fox Sports Go