The New York Mets have announced their rotation for the World Series, and it’s as dangerous as ever.
The New York Mets came away with the National League pennant rather easily with a sweep of the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs were favored to win the World Series after eliminating the St. Louis Cardinals, but the Mets prevailed as underdogs once again. Now they will take on the Kansas City Royals, who won their second consecutive American League pennant on Friday. The Mets’ starting rotation figures to be the strength of their team as they hope to make the Royals World Series losers for the second year in a row.
The Mets have announced the order of their rotation, and Matt Harvey will be starting in Game 1, according to Mets beat writer Anthony DiComo. He revealed the order of the Mets’ rotation for the first four games.
Harvey was a source of drama toward the end of the Mets’ regular season, as he was supposed to have an innings limit of 180. There was doubt as to whether he would pitch in the playoffs, but he has shined with a 2.71 ERA. This includes a start where he held the Cubs to two runs in 7.2 innings. Unfortunately for the Royals, Harvey will probably not be their biggest challenge despite his scheduled start as the Game 1 ace.
Jacob deGrom emerged as a legitimate Cy Young contender this season, and he carried his success into the playoffs with three quality starts for a 3-0 record and 1.80 ERA. Fellow youngsters Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz will round out the rest of the rotation, and they have both been reliable in the postseason too.
Syndergaard threw nine strikeouts in his NLCS start, and Matz helped clinch the series for the Mets in Game 4 with one run allowed in 4.2 innings. Although his postseason ERA is 3.72, Matz figures to be a solid fourth starter for the Mets. The Royals will have to prove that their starting pitching can return to being a strength after some rough games against the Toronto Blue Jays.