MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Royals, 4:15 PM

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016 • 4:15 p.m. (ET)
Kauffman Stadium • Kansas City, MO
RHP Noah Syndergaard (9-7, 3.24) vs. RHP Chris Young (11-6, 3.06)
SNY • MLBN • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets look to split the series with the Royals this afternoon after dropping the first game of the season 4-3. After a slow start to the game with a few mental miscues and some lucky breaks for the Royals (we’ll get ours too as the season goes on), the Mets were able to mount a small comeback but it wasn’t enough to close out the game. Noah Syndergaard will look to lead the Amazins against fellow righty Chris Young before they head into two consecutive off-days leading up to the Home Opener in Queens.

New York Mets

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF
  2. David Wright, 3B
  3. Yoenis Cespedes, CF
  4. Lucas Duda, 1B
  5. Neil Walker, 2B
  6. Michael Conforto, DH
  7. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  8. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  9. Alejandro De Aza, LF

Kansas City Royals

  1. Alcides Escobar, SS
  2. Mike Moustakas, 3B
  3. Lorenzo Cain, CF
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B
  5. Kendrys Morales, DH
  6. Alex Gordon, LF
  7. Salvador Perez, C
  8. Omar Infante, 2B
  9. Reymond Fuentes, RF

Syndergaard is coming off of a strong rookie season where he went 9-7 over 24 starts and 150.0 innings with a 3.24 ERA and 166 K’s. He rose to new heights in the post-season, throwing high and tight to Escobar and stealing Pedro Martinez’s heart. He pitched 6.0 innings against the Royals in the third game of the series, picking up the win after allowing 3 ER, walking 2 and striking out 6. Overall in the post-season, he pitched 19.0 innings with a 3.32 ERA and 26 K’s. The Royals have the following numbers against Thor:

  • Cain 1-3
  • Escobar 1-3, 2K
  • Gordon 1-2, BB
  • Hosmer 0-3
  • Moustakas 1-3
  • Perez 1-2

The Mets will get a look at former Met Chris Young, who was 11-6 with a 3.06 ERA over 34 games, 18 starts and 123.1 innings for the Royals in 2015. After going 4-9 with a 4.15 ERA over 115.0 innings with the Mets in 2012, Young found himself in Seattle for 2014. He went 12-9 over 165.0 innings with a 3.65 ERA. It was the most he pitched since 2007. He pitched twice against the Mets in the World Series totaling 7.0 innings allowing 2 ER, 2 walks and 7 K’s. He put up a 2.01 ERA in the post season. The Mets have the following numbers against the former Met:

  • Cespedes 1-14, 2B
  • Wright 1-11, 4 BB
  • Granderson 0-4
  • Cabrera 0-4
  • d’Arnaud 0-3
  • Duda 0-3
  • Flores 1-1
  • Confort0 1-1, 2B
  • Worth noting that the Mets have .091 collective BA over 44 AB’s against Young.

Let’s Go Mets!

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I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008 and worrying about the Mets roster for pretty much my entire life. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ. You can follow me on twitter @213mfs