Johnny Cueto (12-14, 3.75 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals square off against Jacob deGrom (17-8, 2.47 ERA) and the New York Mets in Game 2 of the World Series at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won the last game 5-4, and Kansas City leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:07 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 28 and can be seen on FOX.
Cueto pitched 2.0 innings in Game 3 of the League Championship Series, surrendering eight runs, striking out two and walking four in an 11-8 defeat to the Blue Jays. Lorenzo Cain (.303, 110 Rs, 17 HRs, 79 RBIs, 31 SBs) went 1 for 6 yesterday with one run and one stolen base. deGrom went 7.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 5-2 win over the Cubs in Game 3 of the League Championship Series. Lucas Duda (.244, 69 Rs, 28 HRs, 79 RBIs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 6 yesterday.
The odds for Kansas City and New York are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. Against the NL, the Royals have a 13-7 record SU. The Royals are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 518. Kansas City is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 112 bases. Kansas City's pitchers put it all together when National League teams are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game drops to 2.7 against NL teams, compared to its 4.0 season average.
New York is 9-11 SU against American League opponents. Offensively, the Mets have really sputtered in interleague games. They have decreased their season average of 4.2 runs per game by averaging 3.3 in those contests. The Mets have a dynamic offense, ranking third in the league with 518 extra base hits. The Mets allow 3.8 runs per game, but does worse whenever an AL opponent is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average up to 4.3 against teams from the AL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Mets are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.172 for the season.
The Royals have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Royals have a 64-41 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when deGrom takes the mound. Cueto (RHP) will be on the hill against the Mets, who have a 72-56 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC
NY Mets are 5-1 SU in its last 6 games.
NY Mets are 15-5 SU in its last 20 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 14 of NY Mets's last 20 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Mets's last 6 games when playing Kansas City.
NY Mets are 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Kansas City.
Kansas City is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing NY Mets.
New York has won 60% (42-28) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Kansas City has won 64% (45-25) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Mets managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Royals who are heading in with a 6-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mets are 68-9. The Royals have an 80-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking eighth, New York sits in the top 10 of the league in runs, scoring 730 this season. Kansas City ranks in the top five at second with 792.
Ranking 25th, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 416 this season. New York ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 517.
The Royals are 71-35 when they hit at least one home run. The Mets perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 70-33 record.