New York Mets

Game 2 of the 2015 World Series was not a night to remember for Jacob deGrom, Daniel Murphy and the rest of the New York Mets.

New York Mets 1 (0-2)
Kansas City Royals 7 (2-0)
World Series, Royals lead 2-0
Full Game Box Score
Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO

By Robby Sabo

There’s only one thing to do after a game in which the opposition took your strength and shoved it right back into your face. That is to come back and respond.

Unfortunately, the New York Mets had none of this response tonight. In fact, when they needed to fight back to the gut punch that was Game 1 of the 2015 World Series, what they did was completely melt under the pressure.

Johnny Cueto, yes Johnny Cueto, pitched a complete game two-hitter in helping his Kansas City Royals to the dominating 7-1 victory in Game 2.

The only thing worse than collecting just two hits (Lucas Duda responsible for both) against such a hot/cold guy like Cueto, was that ace Jacob deGrom also melted. Staked to a 1-0 lead in the fifth-inning, deGrom proceeded to allow four runs to the Royals contact-ladened lineup.

Kansas City pounded the 2014 NL Rookie of the Year for four runs and six hits over just five innings of work. He struck out only two batters on the night. This now marks the second straight game the Mets in which their starter came up very small (Matt Harvey).

The story has quickly turned from the Mets dominant starting pitching to the Royals ability to catch the ball and completely overwhelm the Mets below-average defense with the contact-frenzied lineup. Only striking out a total of seven times in Game 1, their total number of three in Game 2 means they’ve only struck-out 10 times in two games against these Mets power arms.

In start contrast, the Mets lineup has struck-out a total of 19 times.

For all of their lineup wizardry, the night belonged to Cueto. After a shaky fourth-inning, in which he gave up a weak RBI single to Duda, he shutout the Mets offense as if they couldn’t wait to hop on that eastbound plane. His final sparkling line consisted of 9 IP, 1 R, 3 K, and 2 H over 122 total pitches.

The Royals now take a comfortable 2-0 series lead with the scene shifting to Citi Field for Game 3 on Friday night. Noah Syndergaard and Yordano Ventura are the probables.

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