It was an all-out attempt to win Game 1 of the Word Series from both teams. They used their short men. They used their “long” man. They used thirteen pitchers between them in the 14-inning contest. So you might excuse Ned Yost of the Kansas City Royals and Terry Collins of the New York Mets if they are hoping their Game 2 starters can come close to going the distance.
The first pitch will be thrown sometime around 8 PM ET at Kaufmann Stadium, and after that, BetAnySports customers can continue to keep themselves busy with real-time wagers that will come by way of Live Betting Extra.
Kansas City will go with veteran right-hander Johnny Cueto, whose efforts have been sort of unequal since he came to the Royals in a mid-season trade. And you can’t exactly say that he has come through big in these playoffs, either, as two of his three appearances have not really been good enough to get the job done.
Meanwhile, the Mets are going with, for all intents and purposes, their #1 guy, as Jacob deGrom (14-8, 2.54 ERA) takes the hill. All he’s done in the post-season is go 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA – all three of them on the road. And the Royals as a team have never faced him, which might give him something of an edge.
In the reduced juice World Series odds established on this game by the people at BetAnySports, the Mets are favored as the visitor:
New York Mets (deGrom) -121
Kansas City Royals (Cueto) +116
Under 7.5 Runs -120
Over 7.5 Runs +110
The last start was big for deGrom – a win over the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS in which he allowed just two runs and four hits in seven innings. He gave up two homers, but he had gone five consecutive starts prior to that without yielding a round-tripper. In the playoffs, deGrom has fanned 27 batters in 20 innings. Of course, as we know, the Royals strike out far less than any other team in the major leagues (144 times less, in fact).
Cueto has had some sterling figures against the New York starting lineup. David Wright is only 6-for-25 against him. Daniel Murphy, the big post-season hero, is 3-of-17. Lucas Duda is 3-of-15. Curtis Granderson has three hits in 12 lifetime at bats against him, but two of those hits were homers.
BetAnySports customers can see that Cueto’s numbers at Kaufmann Stadium are so-so. His ERA is just 4.40 with a WHIP of 1.29, but his strikeout-walk ratio is 5.83-to-1. He obviously can’t afford to get banged up like he did in the ALCS against the Toronto Blue Jays, however; in Game 3 of that series he was reached for eight runs in just two innings. Yost has had faith in him all along, and there would appear to be no reason he shouldn’t, based on his past performances. And he might not want to yank him so quickly, since that bullpen, as mentioned, got quite a bit of work last night (150 pitches, in fact).
One interesting number, considering Kansas City’s propensity to run – deGrom gave up just four stolen bases to the opposition this season, with six would-be thieves getting caught. That could be a key stat for patrons of BetAnySports, where you can get reduced juice wagering on these World Series games, as well as all your upcoming football action, and where Bitcoin deposits are always possible with no fee!