After beating the Mets, 7-1, in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday, the Royals are halfway to their first championship since 1985.
Is there any reason to think that the Mets can somehow make this a series?
“I think so,” former Met and current MLB Network analyst Cliff Floyd said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “I really do. Not because I’m rooting for them, but I just think Game 1 showed that the Mets, the layoff didn’t affect them that much. I think when you look at (Jeurys) Familia not blowing a save for as long as he didn’t blow a save this year let’s you know that the Mets are just as good as the Royals. Now, last night probably didn’t showcase that. But when you look at Johnny Cueto, he was on point and the Mets missed some opportunities. But when you have a chance to win Game 1 like the Mets did on the road, you have to capitalize and it didn’t happen. You’re going home to Citi Field. You got three games there. I think that’s the most important thing.”
The Mets, of course, had a prime opportunity to win Game 1, but Alex Gordon hit a game-tying homer in the ninth inning. The Royals won it in 14.
Floyd, however, does not think Mets fans should lose hope, even after watching New York lose by six runs in Game 2.
“Kansas City did what they’re supposed to in Kansas City,” Floyd said. “You’re supposed to win at home. Now, the Mets had a chance and they didn’t do it, but you can’t say that they were just flat-out manhandled in both those games. Yesterday’s game, they had some opportunities and they let Johnny Cueto go off the hook. Anytime you do that, you saw his swagger go to another level. He got the double play in the fourth inning and then he got the lead in the fifth and it was like his mindset changed. His whole demeanor on the mound changed.”
Cueto, who made his first appearance since giving up eight runs in two innings to Toronto, pitched a complete-game, two-hitter.
“Listen, Johnny Cueto, we didn’t know what we were going to get from Johnny Cueto last night,” Floyd said. “But when you allow a guy like him to settle in, then you have the issues that you had last night. But the Mets, to me, I felt like they were destined to win this thing. But that was before Familia gave up the homer, of course.”
Floyd said that Game 3 in New York on Friday is must-win for the Mets. New York will need a strong performance from Noah Syndergaard, especially after the Royals tagged Jacob deGrom for four runs in five innings Wednesday.
The craziest part? deGrom, a hard-throwing righty, threw 94 pitches; the Royals swung and missed at just three of them.
“It’s unbelievable,” Floyd said. “I’ve been in that box. Ninety-seven (miles per hour) is on you quick, especially with his delivery and his mechanics. He’s big and tall on the mound. I don’t know. When you have a team with Kansas City on the ropes, you better beat them and you can’t give them a leadoff walk. Because you give them an inch, they take a mile every single time. We’ve seen it since the first series against Houston.”