Baseball World Series Game 1
Take 901 New York Mets /902 Kansas City Royals UNDER 7
The Royals came within one game of winning the World Series last season before losing to the San Francisco Giants. One year later they’ve got another title shot as they take on the Mets in Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium.
Matt Harvey will take the hill for New York. He’ll be opposed by Edinson Volquez. NY is a slight favorite in Game 1 (-106) with the total at 7.
The young Mets pitching staff dominated the Chicago Cubs in a four-game sweep of the National League Championship Series, allowing a total of eight runs in the four games. Offensively, New York (97-74) has been fueled by David Murphy who has homered in six straight playoff games.
The Royals (102-71) needed six games to dispatch the Toronto Blue Jays and feel they have a lineup ready for New York’s staff after posting the fewest strikeouts in the majors during the regular season. Kansas City also plays in one of the more pitcher friendly parks in MLB, an aid to its speed oriented offense.
Harvey (2-0, 2.84 ERA) will take the ball on nine days’ rest after striking out nine, allowing two runs on four hits and a pair of walks over 7 2/3 innings to win Game 1 of the NLCS. His workload down the stretch has received plenty of scrutiny but so far he’s only thrown 12.2 innings in the playoffs. Harvey will be making his first career start against Kansas City and is 3-1 with a 0.93 ERA in eight career interleague outings.
Volquez (1-2, 4.32) picked up his first career postseason win in five starts when he held the Blue Jays scoreless over six innings in Game 1 of the ALCS. He wasn’t quite as fortunate in Game 5 when tagged for five runs in five innings. Volquez will be making his 10th career start against Mets posting a 2-5 record with a 5.70 ERA.
The Mets are -117 series favorites with the Royals at -103.