What to look for: Royals vs. Mets, World Series Game 4, 8:07 PM
The Mets will look to even the World Series with the Royals in Game 4 at 8:07 pm on Saturday night at Citi Field.
Here is tonight’ starting lineup for New York:
Curtis Granderson – RF
David Wright – 3B
Daniel Murphy – 2B
Yoenis Cespedes – CF
Lucas Duda – 1B
Travis d’Arnaud – C
Michael Conforto – LF
Wilmer Flores – SS
Steven Matz – LHP
Here is tonight’s pitching matchup:
Steven Matz (0-1, 3.72 ERA in the postseason) will start for the Mets.
Chris Young (1-0, 2.31 ERA in the postseason) will start for the Royals.
Here’s what I’m looking for from the Mets tonight:
The approach the Mets had at the plate in Game 3 worked perfectly for them. They were aggressive, they didn’t fall into pitcher’s counts, attacked mistakes and kept the merry-go-round going in their relentless attack of Yordano Ventura and the Royals bullpen.
They need more of the same on Saturday night against Chris Young.
The key against Young is to get him to throw the ball down in the zone. It’s not conventional, but he’s very deceptive thanks to his height and awkward delivery, and he’s difficult to pick up when he’s at the belt or higher.
But even if the ball is down in the zone, the Mets will need to execute the little things, move runners up, and not giveaway at-bats with poorly executed bunts and poor situational hitting.
The good news is they know Young, and Young is also coming off an outing in Game 1 in which he was asked to throw 53 pitches in three innings of relief. So they should have a pretty good idea of what he’s up to since he departed the Mets a few years ago, and they could take advantage of what could be a tired arm from Young as well.
Why was Noah Syndergaard so successful on Friday? he came inside with his fastball, and stuck to his program which was based purely on his heater as well.
Steven Matz must be just as aggressive against Syndergaard.
Yes, the Royals are going to make contact. Yes, they are going to swing early in the count, not get cheated, and not miss mistakes. It’s a known quantity at this stage of the World Series. But Matz has explosive stuff thanks to a very calm and simple delivery, which gives the impression his stuff is being thrown harder than it actually is.
Matz needs to stay calm and cool early in the game, and like Syndergaard, establish some mound presence. Live off the fastball, trust the stuff, and stick to what got him to the big leagues. If he does that, the Mets should be in good shape on Saturday.
Clean it up.
The Mets defense has been inconsistent at best, poor at worst in the World Series. Playing against a team that makes so much contact, that means the Mets simply must clean up their defense. They cannot afford to give away outs, especially on routine ground balls and easy double plays. The little things matter a lot, and to this point, the Royals have executed those little things a lot more than the Mets have.