Game Preview: Mets @ Royals

It’s finally here! Opening Day!

It’s a different Opening Day for the Mets. First off, it’s at night. Second, it’s an interleague game. Then they have this odd break before their second game and are effectively playing an NBA like schedule this week. Whatever, the Mets are ready to roll and more importantly, play baseball.

The Mets are literally picking up where they left off in 2016 opening up in Kansas City against the team that beat them in the World Series. It is also the first Harvey day of the year. For Harvey, it will be his first major league game since starting the ninth inning in the World Series (to this day, I don’t disagree with Collins, I don’t know how you say no at that point). During the regular season last year, Harvey had a 13-8 record over 29 starts and 189.1 innings with a 2.71 ERA and 188 K’s. He pitched 6.0 innings in the first game of the world series allowing 3 ER over 5 hits while striking out 2 and in the second game he pitched 8.0 innings, allowing 2 ER over 5 hits while striking out 9. The Royals have the following numbers against Harvey:

  • Cain 2-6
  • Escobar 1-7
  • Hosmer 1-5, 2B
  • Moustakas 2-6
  • Perez 1-6
  • Gordon 0-3
  • Infante 2-4

Edison Volquez was 13-9 last season making 33 starts (34 total games) in the regular season, reaching 200.1 inning with a 3.55 ERA. He matched up against Harvey in each of his two World Series starts. In the first game he allowed 3 ER over 6.0 innings while striking out 3 and in his second start he allowed 2 runs, 1 earned over 6.0 innings while striking out 5 (with 5 walks). The Mets have the following numbers against Edison:

  • Wright 3-19
  • Granderson 2-13, 2 HR
  • Walker 3-17, 2B
  • Duda 4-11, 2B
  • Cabrera 4-13, HR
  • d’Arnaud 1-10
  • Cespedes 2-9

Let’s Go Mets!

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