Legends On Deck

Game of The Week Recap: Royals Edge Mets 4-3


The 2016 baseball season started the same way it ended for the New York Mets, with a dominating loss to the Kansas City Royals.

For the first seven innings, the Mets could not figure out the Royals pitchers, but on the other side of the field, the Royals continued their hitting dominance over the Mets with what seemed like a repeat performance of the 2015 World Series. The Royals are just a much better team and possibly the best in baseball history that hardly ever strikeout.

On Sunday night, before the game, Kansas City hoisted their championship pennant, received their rings and then went out and showed why they are heavy favorites to repeat as champions.

Edinson Volquez started for the Royals and just about mimicked the same performance on Sunday as he did in Game 5 of the World Series against the Mets.  In six innings in November, Volquez gave up one earned one on two hits while striking out five.  In Sunday’s rematch, the Royals righty, once again tossed six innings, allowing just two hits, and striking out five, but did one better by keeping the Mets off the scoreboard.

On the other side of the diamond, Matt Harvey started for the Mets and after getting lead-off hitter Alcides Escobar to ground out softy to third baseman David Wright, left fielder Yoenis Cespedes dropped a ball hit right to him to open the door for the Royals.

“The ball just fell out of my glove.” Cespedes continued as he recounted the play with reporters after the game. “The ball just fell. I’m human.”

The next batter walked, then World Series hero Eric Hosmer singled to left field scoring the Royals first run of the game, to take a 1-0 lead.

Harvey was able to induce a ground ball double play to get out of teh inning. The Mets righty then settled down and retired the next six Royals batters before giving up back to back singles in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Royals tacked on a run on a sac fly off the bat of Kendrys Morales to take a 2-0 lead. In the 5th, Harvey pitched his way out of trouble, striking out a batter and getting a ground ball to end the threat.

In the 6th, the Royals kept with the pressure as they were able to get another run off Harvey when Alex Gordon singled with two outs scoring Lorenzo Cain from third. After a single to Salvador Perez, Mets manager Terry Collins, replaced Harvey with ageless wonder Bartolo Colon, who quickly gave up a single to Omar Infante to put the Royals up 4-0. There was a few questionable calls by the home plate umpire that had both Infante and Colon confused as to what was the real strike zone.

The Royals pitchers kept the Mets in check until the top of the eighth when New York finally broke through for three runs on a two-RBI single from Lucas Duda, and a fielder’s choice off the bat of new Mets second baseman Neil Walker, to pull the Mets within 4-3.

In the top of the ninth, closer Wade Davis was called on to shut the door, but walked lead-off batter Travis d’Arnaud, then after getting pinch hitter Alejandro De Aza to ground into a fielder’s choice, Wade gave up a single to Curtis Granderson to put runners on the corners. But the Royals closer settled down and struck out Wright on three pitches and after battling through a seven pitch at bat with Yoenis Cespedes, he got him to swing on a ball outside the zone for the final out and a well deserved victory once again over the Mets.

Top Performances


Eric Hosmer – 3 for 4, RBI

Omar Infante – 2 for 3, RBI

Edinson Volquez – 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K


Lucas Duda – 1 for 4, 2 RBI

Michael Conforto – 2 for 2, 2 BB

Game Notes

The Mets new up the middle defense (Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera) combined for three Double Plays.

With runners in scoring position, the Mets were 1 for 10 and the Royals were 3 for 7.

What’s Next

Both the Royals and Mets are off on Tuesday, then are right back at it on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium, with Chris Young on the mound facing off against Mets starter Noah Syndergaard. First pitch his scheduled for 4:15 pm.

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