When and where: August 16, 2019, Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO, 8:15 PM ET
The New York Mets hope to end their disappointing road trip on a high note on Friday when taking on the perennially struggling Kansas City Royals. After splitting a four-game series with the Detroit Tigers, the Royals went on to get swept at home in a two-game interleague meeting with the St. Louis Cardinals. Meanwhile, the Mets let an opportunity to upset the Atlanta Braves slip through their grasp. Noah Syndergaard is slated to start in Friday’s game at pitcher opposite of Kansas City’s Mike Montgomery.
Callaway’s mistake costs the Mets
Mistakes aren’t a luxury for the Mets right now, although manager Mickey Callahan would make it seem like that’s the case.
“We had the best reliever in baseball sitting down there in Seth Lugo,” Callahan told the New York Post, after blowing the game on Wednesday against the Braves. “He’s been doing the job for a month-and-a-half, [Steven Matz] Matzy is running around the bases and we’ve got [Josh] Donaldson coming up, [Adam] Duvall coming up and I will make that move 100 times out of 100. That’s the right move in my mind.”
It wasn’t the right move on Wednesday night.
The Mets were firing on all cylinders, but more importantly, Matz was dominating on the mound. Then Callaway decided enough of that and benched him for Lugo, who gave up five earned runs and lost the game.
It wouldn’t have been as big of a deal if the Mets were either leading the NL East division or in a good position to vie for a possible wild card playoff spot. However, they currently sit in fourth place in their division with their wild card hopes plummeting faster than their confidence. So much for that eight-game win streak the team put together before the trip to Cumberland. They have now lost their last three straight games, including back-to-back losses to the Braves.
Syndergaard will get the start on the mound against the Royals on Friday. The former MLB All-Star recently stood strong against the Washington Nationals, holding them to seven hits and two runs in a seven-inning effort. He is throwing a 3.89 ERA and 1.21 WHIP on the season with an 8-5 record.
Royals get nothing going on offense
No one expected the Royals to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals in a two-game interleague meeting, but not even the Royals anticipated they’d get shut out in back-to-back games. Few things are more disappointing than getting held completely scoreless at home, and yet, the moribund Royals managed to gift their fan base with that horrid outcome in two consecutive games.
Royals’ fans are probably used to their new reality at this point. The team hasn’t even made it to the playoffs in nearly four years. They only won 58 games last season, which could still end up being a better year than their current situation. After losing to the Cardinals, they are sitting at fourth place in the AL Central division with a 43-78 record.
Montgomery hopes to put one in the win column for the Royals when starting at pitcher on Friday against the Mets. The 30-year-old lefty is throwing a 5.19 ERA in 50.1 innings with a 1-3 record in Kansas City. His most recent win came in a seven-inning shutout performance against the Tigers.
- Royals are 0-6 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series.
- Royals are 0-4 in their last 4 Friday games.
- Royals are 1-4 in Montgomerys last 5 starts.
- Royals are 1-4 in Montgomerys last 5 starts on grass.
- Mets are 4-1 in Syndergaards last 5 starts with 5 days of rest.
- Mets are 8-2 in Syndergaards last 10 starts.
- Mets are 8-2 in Syndergaards last 10 starts on grass.
- Mets are 8-2 in Syndergaards last 10 road starts against a team with a losing record.