Matt Harvey (15-8, 2.77 ERA) and the New York Mets meet Edinson Volquez (14-11, 3.63 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals in Game 5 of the World Series at Citi Field. The game starts at 8:15 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 1 and will air on FOX.
In Game 1 of the World Series, Harvey pitched 6.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out two and walking two in a 5-4 loss to the Royals. Yoenis Cespedes (.287, 108 Rs, 37 HRs, 113 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Royals were victorious the last time Volquez pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out three and walking one in a 5-4 victory over the Mets. Kendrys Morales (.288, 86 Rs, 26 HRs, 116 RBIs) went 1 for 1 yesterday.
New York, a -134 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Kansas City. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is seven runs. For updated lines, check out BTB's MLB Baseball Odds.
The Mets have a winning record of 72-34 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +596. They have performed well against the AL to earn a SU record of 9-11, but only have a 7-5 record when they were the favorite. Against the AL, New York's offense has been struggling. New York has only averaged 3.3 runs per game compared to its 4.2 season average. The Mets are a dangerous hitting team with 523 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB. New York's pitchers struggle against teams that play in the American League. The Mets have given up an average of 4.3 runs to opponents from the AL, well over their defense's season average of 3.8. The Mets are second in the league in WHIP at 1.174.
On the other side, the Royals have a record of 37-30 when they are the underdog and are +1,904 overall with the money line. Interleague competitors haven't been able to nail down Kansas City this season. The Royals hold a record of 3-5 in games where they were ranked as the underdog and a 13-7 SU. The Royals are known for their bats, hitting 524 extra base hits. Kansas City is a terror on the base paths, ranking fourth in the MLB with 114 stolen bases. Shifting to the pitching staff, they have the second-lowest road ERA in the AL at 3.80. They also allow just 8.5 hits per road game, good for fifth in the AL.
The Royals are 3-1 against the Mets this season. This game will feature Volquez (RHP) on the mound against the Mets, who have a 72-56 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Royals will be the right-hander Harvey. They sport a 64-41 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
New York recorded at least two errors for the 17th time this season.
The Mets are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Royals have a 56-51 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 16-61. The Mets have a 20-62 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 16th in home runs, Kansas City has hit 156 this season. New York ranks sixth with 196 home runs.
Ranking 12th, New York is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.35 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top five at second with 9.24.
Ranking 20th, New York is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.712). Kansas City ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .737.
When the Royals allow at least one home run, they are 47-56, well-matched with the Mets who are 45-55 when allowing at least one homer.