With things looking as bleak as ever for the New York Mets that were down 2-0 to the Royals, people were less inclined to tune into the rest of the World Series as it seemed it would be a clean sweep. But in game 3 an unlikely hero singlehandedly brought them back into the series by sending one of baseball’s oldest messages.
Mets pitcher Noah delivered a fastball inside at the head level of Royals leadoff man Alcides Escobar. At the beginning of the game this really set the tone, a tone that would lead the Mets to a 9-3 win for their first in the series, and possibly new life.
Every sport has their enforcer, but the pitcher in MLB has a unique position in that they have to own the plate. With all of the drama surrounding unwritten rules in baseball and the traditional ways, the one unwritten rule that should never be broken is to ‘not crowd the pitchers plate’. Overzealous power hitters like Ortiz gets a pass out of respect and paying his dues to the game, but a move like this against Escobar could really change the tide for the Mets come game 4.
On the flipside of the argument the Royals might come in with an even bigger chip on their shoulder and blow out the Mets putting them at a deafening 3-1 lead in the series. And the fact that Royals starter Yordano Ventura had an average game has been the other part of the chatter going on around the league, rather than New York making a statement win. So did the Mets win the game, or did the Royals lose the game?
Everyone will find out in game 4, which will either see the Mets even things up at 2-2, or the Royals continue their domination and get one step closer to a parade. The Mets can’t count on the same psychological method to work again this game, and they’ll have to rely heavily on their starters to do the job necessary to dispatch the seemingly infallible Royals starters.
The starting pitching in game 4 for the Royals will be on point, so that will be less errors for the Mets to make and more ground for them to make up in the later innings if they get down early. Even if the New York Mets can’t pull it off, what Noah did in game 3 pretty much defined what everyone loves about baseball.
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