WORLD SERIES GAME 3: KANSAS CITY ROYALS at NEW YORK METS
Series: Royals lead 2-0
Where: Citi Field, New York
Gametime: 8:00 p.m.
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Clear, 52 degrees, wind 7 mph
Starting pitchers: KCR RHP Yordano Ventura (13-8, 4.08 ERA) / NYM RHP Noah Syndergaard (9-7, 3.24 ERA)
The Royals took a commanding 2-0 lead thanks to a dominating performance by Johnny Cueto in Game 2. Now they turn to right-hander Yordano Ventura as they hope to put themselves one game away from clinching their first world championship in 30 years.
Standing in their way is Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard who has quite the task at hand for a 23-year-old pitching in his first postseason. Syndergaard has, however, been very good so far in the playoffs. Through three appearances he has a 2.77 ERA with four earned runs allowed and 20 strikeouts in 13 innings. He will also be pitching at home, which certainly should not hurt.
Ventura is only one year older than Syndergaard, but he has nine playoff appearances to pull from. He has not been very good this postseason, though, with a 5.09 ERA in four starts. He is coming off his best start this October with one run surrendered through 5 1/3 innings when the Royals beat the Blue Jays in Game 6 of the ALCS.
In order for the Mets to get back in this series, they will need more from some of their most important offensive players. Yoenis Cespedes is 1-for-10 so far, David Wright is 2-for-11, Travis d'Arnaud is 1-for-9 and Curtis Granderson is 1-for-8. That will have to change, or else this series will end very soon.
It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.
Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:
It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.
Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.