Mets’ fans and bettors will be hoping there’s no place like home for their team as the Mets try to dig themselves out of a 0-2 series hole. The Mets and Royals will play the first of three in the Big Apple tonight with Noah Syndergaard and Yordano ‘Ace’ Ventura facing off in a battle of young fireballers.
Their backs are against the wall, but 11 teams have come back to win the World Series after being down 0-2, including the 1986 Mets. The Mets have won three of their four playoff games at home so far this postseason, scoring a total of 22 runs while allowing 13. Syndergaard’s lack of playoff experience hasn’t hindered him during the playoffs, as ‘Thor’ currently has a 2.77 ERA and 20 strikeouts over 13 innings pitched.
The Royals enter the game going 7-3 over their last 10 on the road. Ventura’s postseason ERA sits at 5.09 and in his lone playoff road start vs the Astros he allowed two home runs in five innings pitched while striking out eight.
No player on the Royals has ever faced Syndergaard, while Yoenis Cespedes is the only Mets player which experience vs Ventura, registering one hit in seven at bats.