Edinson Volquez gets the game one start for the Royals when the World Series opens up on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium. Volquez is 1-2 in three postseason starts this year with a 4.32 ERA.
Expect Johnny Cueto in Game 2, Yordano Ventura in Game 3 and Chris Young in Game 4. The New York Mets appear to have the advantage when it comes to starting pitching.
The Mets will go with Matt Harvey for Game 1, with Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz following in that order. In that series with the Chicago, the starters held the Cubs to six runs over 26 innings and 29 strikeouts.
What the young Mets pitchers had going in their favor was 1) the Cubs led the league in strikeouts and weren’t much of a contact hitting team. 2) No Mets starter ever pitched while trailing.
The Royals lineup from top to bottom is disciplined. They work counts and make contact. If the Mets starters aren’t allowed to live on the outside corner, Kansas City will get their cracks at these young hurlers, as long as the Royals starting four can keep the Mets off the board early. New York scored in the first inning of all four wins over Chicago.