Newsday’s Marc Craig is reporting that the Kansas City Royals will be seeking retribution for Noah Syndergaard’s World Series Game 3 brushback pitch to leadoff hitter Alcides Escobar. The pitch—the first of Game 3—backed the free-swinging Escobar off the plate and set the tone for the New York Mets’ only win of the series.
Craig cited multiple industry sources that the Royals intended retribution when the two teams meet up in Kansas City on Opening Day, April 3rd. Matt Harvey is expected to start for the Mets, while Edinson Volquez is slated to be on the mound for the Royals.
The Syndergaard pitch, which was clocked at 98 mph, ran up and in on the Royals’ aggressive-hitting shortstop, who fell to the ground in attempt to get out of the way. Escobar would end up striking out.
“If they have a problem with me throwing inside,” Syndergaard said afterwards, “then they can meet me 60 feet, six inches away. I’ve got no problem with that.”
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Syndergaard is expected to start the second and final game of the series on April 5, but since the series is in an AL ballpark, he won’t be batting.
Escobar led off Game 1 of the World Series with a first-pitch, inside-the-park home run off of Matt Harvey. In Game 2, the MVP of the ALCS again led off by swinging at Jacob de Grom’s first offering, resulting in a fly out.
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Though Syndergaard’s ploy led to a Game 3 win, the Mets blew what momentum he provided with defensive lapses that blew late leads in both Games 4 and 5.
The Mets had a 3–2 lead heading into the eighth inning of Game 4 when second baseman Daniel Murphy—who carried the Mets’ offense with seven home runs in the NLDS and NLCS—booted a ground ball, allowing the tying run to score. The Royals would go on to tack on two more runs and win 5–3.
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Then in Game 5—with the Mets facing elimination—New York had a 2–1 ninth-inning lead. With one out and Eric Hosmer at third base, Salvador Perez hit a weak grounder to third. David Wright fielded the ball and threw to first baseman Lucas Duda for the out. But just as he threw, Hosmer took off for the plate.
With plenty of time, a throw anywhere near catcher Travis D’Arnaud would have nailed him, but Duda’s throw missed everything and Hosmer scored to tie the game. Three innings later, the Royals erupted for five runs to win the series.