The Mets fell to the Royals by the score of 7-1 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Wednesday.
The Royals now lead the best-of-seven World Series 2-0 over the Mets.
Here are my takeaways from the loss…
Outclassed on every level.
An unbelievably frustrating night and back-to-back disheartening defeats in the first two games of the World Series have the Mets leaving Kansas City down 2-0 in the Fall Classic.
After last night’s disappointing loss after blowing a 9th inning lead, the Mets came out flat and had no response on Wednesday night.
While they did hold a 1-0 lead in this game, the good times didn’t last long as the Royals strung together five hits and four runs off Mets ace Jacob deGrom in the 5th inning and, essentially, that’s all she wrote in this one.
The five hits for the Royals in the 5th were more than double the amount of hits the Mets recorded in this game, as they could muster up no offense against Johnny Cueto, who dominated them on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
So far in this series, Kansas City has absolutely outclassed the Mets in every single facet of the game. Their rotation has been better, their offense has been better, their bullpen has been better and their defense has been better.
It’s been incredibly frustrating to watch at this point, as this contact-hitting Royals team has been relentless to start this series against the Mets, ripping through this team’s greatest strength. In 12.1 innings, they’ve scored eight runs against Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Jeurys Familia.
They don’t strike out, they don’t make many mistakes, and they just never stop coming at you. Down 2-0 in the series, it’s looking awfully grim for the Mets.
Where’s the offense?
While their pitching has been mainly subpar so far in this series, it’s been the Mets offense that has been this team’s biggest failure in the World Series.
In two games thus far, the Mets have scored five runs on an infield single, solo home run, sacrifice fly, error and another single. That solo home run–coming off the bat of Curtis Granderson–is the Mets only extra-base hit of this series so far.
On Tuesday the offense was a problem, as the team was 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, but it was all the more woeful in Game Two as the team mustered just two hits–both off the bat of Lucas Duda.
If this team wants to make a legitimate run at this thing, their approach at the plate is going to have to change, and it starts in Game Three in front of their home crowd at Citi Field. Someone has to step up.
Other notes from Wednesday:
Outside of Lucas Duda, the Mets combined to go 0-for-26 at the plate.
Johnny Cueto pitched the first complete game in a World Series by an American League pitcher since Jack Morris in 1993.
After going 0-for-2, Daniel Murphy‘s postseason hitting streak came to an end at 10 games.
The Mets will look to become the first team since the 1996 New York Yankees to overcome a 2-0 deficit in the World Series.