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World Series: Can The New York Mets Avoid Being Swept?

With Kansas City taking both games at home fairly easily, the Mets will hope to get their house back in order again to avoid being swept.

In World Series history, of the 50 teams that have trailed 2-0, only 20 percent of those teams have come back to win the championship.

Kansas City Royals vs. New York Mets

Friday, October 30, 2015 8:07 PM ET

Citi Field

Line: Kansas City Royals (+135)vs. New York Mets (-140); total:7.

The AL champions, Kansas City Royals are going on the road for the next three games and will be looking to slap the New York in the face by winning game 3 and perhaps sweeping the series.

Tonight they’ll be sending Dominican Yordano Ventura to the mound as the starter, in his fifth start this postseason. Although Ventura hasn’t performed particularly well, with a 0-1 record and a 5.09 ERA in his previous four starts this postseason, he might be able to be successful while on the road. The Royals are 5-1 in Ventura’s last six road starts.

And, although Ventura hasn’t completed six innings this postseason, and notwithstanding a so, so performance, he has been able to provide just enough to win games. 

Something that’s been working for the Royals is their batters ability to get the ball into play, which as everyone knows wins games. Given New York’s lack of depth in the infield, it could be somewhat of a factor in game 3 and one that the Royals will be trying to exploit.

As for the Mets, after sweeping the Chicago Cubs and winning the National League, their batters have been unable to do much against Kansas City’s pitchers in both games of the Series.

They are back at home however and will get a boost from their fans, who will be expecting them to turn things around. The Mets have been successful in Citi Field, with a 49-32 record, which is not to be taken lightly. In fact, according to Strat-O-Matic (you know, the computer nerds who have been crunching numbers on the World Series since 1961, the Mets will come back and win game 3).

New York will start with Noah Syndergaard on the mound for this next game, in hopes that he fares better than Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom.

Syndergaard is has done better than Ventura, with a 1-1 record and a 2.77 ERA in three starts in the postseason. The righty pitcher, AKA Thor, has been fantastic at home, with a 7-2 record with a 2.46 ERA this season. New York is 8-2 in Syndergaard’s last 10 at home.

However, Syndergaard’s main weapon, his fastball, might not be as effective against the Royals’ batters, who are very good at hitting fastballs.  With the likes of Will Leitch not only did Royals have the best weighted on-base average in the league on pitches over 96 miles an hour this season, they have in fact, hit them better than pitches below 96 miles an hour. 

Prediction

The New York Mets will get the job done at home and win 3-2. Mets at -140