Mets and Royals are back, fresh off a 14-inning thriller

Oct 28, 2015 6:42 AM

Baseball World Series Game 2

Take 903 New York Mets / 904 Kansas City Royals UNDER 7

There’s no rest for the weary as the Mets and Royals, fresh off a five hour and nine minute, 14-inning thriller in Game 1 of the World Series, square with New York looking to square the series at a victory apiece.

First pitch is slated for 5:07 p.m. PT at Kauffman Stadium where NY fireballer Jacob deGrom will face KC’s Johnny Cueto. The Mets opened an early -113 favorite.

Eric Hosmer’s second sacrifice fly of the night plated Alcides Esbobar in the bottom of the 14th frame giving Kansas City a 5-4 victory. Escobar, who was named the MVP of the American League Championship Series, slugged an inside the park homer in the bottom of the first to give the Royals the early lead then looked on as teammate Alex Gordon hit a tying home run in the bottom of the ninth sending the game to extra innings. In all 13 pitchers were used, both sides had 11 hits and left 17 runners on base.

In three postseason starts, deGrom has limited the Dodgers and Cubs to four earned runs in 20 innings (1.80 ERA) while winning all three games. In Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers, a well-rested deGrom held the Dodgers scoreless on five hits with 13 strikeouts in seven innings.

But in his following two starts – vs. the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLDS and against the Cubs in Game 3 of the NL Championship Series -- deGrom labored needing 29 pitches to get through the first inning. He’s make tonight’s start on an extra days rest.

Cueto has been shelled in his last two road playoff starts. He gave up giving up 12 runs on 14 hits with five walks in 5 1/3 innings at Toronto and during the 2013 NL Wild Card Game. Thus the Royals will set up the rotation to make sure his two series starts will be occur in the friendly confines of Kauffman Stadium rather than Citi Field.  Cueto is very familiar with the Mets from his days in Cincinnati. He’s 3-4 with a 4.02 ERA in 11 starts against the Mets

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