Tagged: Opening Day

Final Recap: Royals 4 – Mets 3

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The New York Mets (0-1) fell short tonight against the Kansas City Royals (1-0) at Kauffman Stadium by the final score of 4-3. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

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Game Notes:

  • Matt Harvey was charged with the loss. He pitched 5.2 innings, allowing 4 runs (3 earned), with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.
  • Bartolo Colon made a relief appearance and pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, while only allowing a hit.
  • Lucas Duda was 1-4 with a 2-run single.
  • Michael Conforto was 2-2 with a double, and a pair of walks.
  • Neil Walker was 0-4 with an RBI on a fielder’s choice.
  • Yoenis Cespedes was 1-4 with a run scored, but committed a costly error in the first inning that ultimately led to a Royals run.

This game reminded me of all of the other games the Mets had played against the Royals during last season’s World Series. The Royals did not do anything spectacular to beat the Mets, but they jumped on opportunities, including Cespedes costly dropped fly ball, ran the bases aggressively, slapped the ball where the Mets weren’t positioned, and played great defense. Royals starter Edinson Volquez had stymied the Mets offense tonight as they could not get anything going against him during his six innings pitched. There were times he would get wild and it seemed like his mechanics would get out of whack, but when he was throwing the ball over the plate, the Mets had no answer. The Mets ultimately had a 3-run rally in the top of the 8th off reliever Joakim Soria, but had fallen short with runners on first and second, when the Royals brought in reliever Luke Hochevar to put out the fire, and he struck Asdrubal Cabrera out swinging. In the top of 9th the Mets produced runners on first and third base with one out against closer Wade Davis, only to have David Wright and Yoenis Cespedes both strike out to end the game. Cespedes arguably had the roughest night of all Mets as his lackadaisical attempt on a dropped fly ball that led to a run, and his inability to come through in the 9th will be talked about by the media until Tuesday. The good news is this is only the first game of the season, and I enjoyed watching the Mets offense come to life later in the game. The Mets will play an exciting brand of baseball I believe this season, and it was a tough hand they were dealt tonight, especially playing in a emotionally charged atmosphere. I will not jump to any negative conclusions after one single game, but it does go to show the Mets if they want to win it all, every play and every little detail matters. As for the Royals, they seem to have not missed a beat with their style of play and Tuesday will provide another difficult matchup for the Mets, especially with a high emotion ring ceremony planned before first pitch. 

  • The Mets are off tomorrow and will conclude their 2-game series against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday afternoon at 4:15 pm et. The game can be seen on SNY or MLB Network.
  • Noah Syndergaard will make his first start of the season for the Mets against the  soft-tossing, and former right-handed pitcher for the Mets, Chris Young. Ian Kennedy who was originally scheduled to start tomorrow for the Royals, has been pushed back as he is dealing with a hamstring issue.

 

Mets vs. Royals Lineups 8:37 pm et

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Mets (0-0):

  1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
  2. David Wright (R) 3B
  3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
  4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
  5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
  6. Michael Conforto (L) DH
  7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
  8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
  9. Juan Lagares (R) CF
  • SP: Matt Harvey RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Royals (0-0):

  1. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
  2. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
  3. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
  4. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
  5. Kendrys Morales (S) DH
  6. Alex Gordon (L) LF
  7. Salvador Perez (R) C
  8. Omar Infante (R) 2B
  9. Reymond Fuentes (L) RF
  • SP: Edinson Volquez RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on ESPN.

Game Notes:

METS-ROYALS NOTES: The Mets are 4-5 vs. the Royals during the regular season, including 1-2 at Kaufman Stadium.

 

OPENING DAY: The Mets are set to open their 55th season tonight…In the history of Major League Baseball, the Mets (35-19, .648) have the best winning percentage on Opening Day.

WORLD SERIES RE-MATCH: This is the first time in major league history that the two teams that met in the previous World Series, opened the following season against each other. Also, this is the first time in MLB history that the two starting pitchers of the final game of the World Series also face each other the following Opening Day.

VS. AL: This is also the first time in club history that the Mets begin the year vs. an American League club…New York went 9-11 in Interleague action last season…Since 1997, when Interleague play began, the Mets are 166-156 (.516)…The .516 winning percentage in Interleague play is the second-best all-time among NL clubs behind St. Louis (154-141, .522).

FOR THE FIRST TIME: Six Mets are taking part in their first career Opening Day…The list includes: Eric Campbell, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Kevin Plawecki, Hansel Robles and Noah Syndergaard.

MATT HARVEY: Will make his first career Opening Day start tonight…Harvey will be the Mets’ sixth different starting pitcher in the last six years, joining Bartolo Colon, Dillon Gee, Jonathon Niese, Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey…He will be the 24th different pitcher to start on Opening Day for the Mets…Tom Seaver holds the record with 12 Opening Day nods.

NOTABLE METS HITTERS VS. VOLQUEZ:

  • Lucas Duda: .364 (4-11, 1 2B, 3 BB).
  • Juan Lagares: .375 (3-8, 1 2B, 1 RBI).
  • Asdrubal Cabrera: .308 (4-13, 1 HR, 3 RBI).

COULD IT BE FATE: The last time the Kansas City Royals came into the season as reigning World Series Champions (1985 champions), the New York Mets won the World Series (1986). It is also the 30 year anniversary of the New York Mets last World Series Championship.

Opening Day is Here!!

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I have had this date circled on my calendar since November 2nd, when the Mets season ended at the hands of the Kansas City Royals in last year’s World Series. There is not a more fitting opponent for the Mets to face to open the season, than the Royals after how last season ended. Continue reading