Pitchers Will Rule World Series Game 3, Make Your MLB Picks on Under

Joe Catalano

Friday, October 30, 2015 2:43 PM GMT

The Mets find themselves in a bit of a bind as 20% of teams who were down 0-2 in a World Series came back to win it all. That said, the 1986 Mets came back from 0-2 and lost their first two games.

What Comes Up, Must Come Down
Even though the New York Mets destroyed the Chicago Cubs and are the better team personnel-wise, Kansas City has proven that they can take the pressure. In game 2, Johnny Cueto, who had a disappointing season, pitched over 120 pitches to defeat the Mets.The Royals have managed to get off to early leads and their opponents have been playing from behind the entire playoffs and  coming from behind is a difficult thing to do.

A win here by the Royals would put them ahead 3-0 and only the 2004 Boston Red Sox have come back from that type of deficit to win a series, therefore this is a huge game. The Mets know what they have in Noah Synderaard and the Royals know what they have in little man, Yordano Ventura. Someone will need to step up offensively and take control of this game.

 

Captain Oh Captain
David Wright has been placed in a tough position, dealing with spinal stenosis, but let's face it, he has not been the same player since the Mets opened CiitFIeld. They moved in the fences as Wright demanded and although he's quite capable of being a respectable hitter, he's more of a moral guy as his offensive production has taken a major dropoff in the last few seasons.

If David Wright wants to be considered an all-time great for the Mets organization, he needs to do something in these remaining games in this series and grab that brass ring. He can be a good role model, but his lack of production is destroying the Mets as he has a position near the top of the Mets lineup.

In 11 games in the playoffs, Wright has been a real liability, hitting just .171 with 3 RBI. This is what he'll be remembered for. The rest is up to him and Ventura is no pushover.

 

The Murphy Prediction
I have said it each article that Daniel Murphy's reign as  home run king would come to an end and he hasn't hit a home run in the 1st two games of the World Series.

There's no knocking his play as he's played like a superstar in this post-season. The problem is that Murphy simply can't keep this pace up against an exeperienced team such as the Royals. I expect Murphy to come up with timely hits, but that's as far as it goes from here.

We might see Yoenis Cespedes have a possible big game as he's playing for a big contract. He's just 1 for his last 10 at-bats and is hitting just .227 in the month of October. Players who play for big contracts usually come up big in big spots. Cespedes has some pressure here and the Mets definitely need power from either him, Lucas Duda, or Curtis Granderson. Home is where New York dominates. Game 3 will be very telling.

Aside from the offense, I like the pitching matchup of Syndergaard vs. Ventura. Noah Syndergaard is still raw and has major potential. On most teams, he would be a number 2 pitcher  that right now and could shut down a lineup. Ventura isn't going to give a lot of innings, but at 180 pounds, he's also a flame thrower that handles pressure well; just like the rest of his team including Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, and Eric Hosmer. Look for the pitchers to take control of this game.

MLB Pick: New York Mets & Kansas City Royals UNDER 7 (-124) at 5Dimes

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