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Royals lead series 2-1.
David Wright broke out of an offensive funk Friday to lead the New York Mets to a crucial victory and give them the opportunity to even the World Series at two wins apiece when they host the Kansas City Royals in Game 4 on Saturday. Wright slammed his first homer of the postseason and finished with four RBIs – one shy of Rusty Staub’s franchise World Series mark set in 1973 – as New York rolled to a 9-3 victory.
New York’s captain was batting just .171 in the postseason entering Game 3 and also made a key error in the 14th inning of the Mets’ Game 1 loss before turning around his fortunes. “I don’t think I’ve swung the bat as well as I can this postseason,” Wright said after Game 3. “But it’s been nice to be able to contribute. I’ve had a couple RBIs. The name of the game is just forget about yesterday and worry about today.” Kansas City may be doing some fretting after its shaky effort on Friday. The Royals held a similar 2-1 lead after three games of last year’s World Series before Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants won three of the next four games to capture the crown.
TV: 8:07 p.m. ET, FOX
LINE HISTORY: Books opened the Mets -125 and are currently around -137. The total opened at 7.5.
WEATHER REPORT: Temperatures in the low-50s with wind blowing out to left field at around 5 mph.
UMPIRE REPORT: Jim Wolf will be behind the plate in Game 4. The Over has gone 7-1 in his eight games calling balls and strikes.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Royals RH Chris Young (1-0, 2.31 ERA) vs. Mets LH Steven Matz (0-1, 3.72)
Young won the opener when he worked three frames of hitless relief in a 14-inning victory. He went 5-9 with a 3.76 ERA in 24 starts with the Mets over two injury-riddled seasons (2011-12) before reviving his career in 2014 and appreciates competing against his former organization on the biggest stage in baseball. “No matter who you play in the World Series, it’s special,” Young said at a press conference. “It’s what every player should play for, and it’s certainly what I’ve aspired to participate in my entire career.”
New York opted against bringing back Game 1 starter Matt Harvey on short rest, so Matz is making his third start of the postseason after taking six regular-season turns. The 24-year-old is starting a World Series game much sooner than he ever imagined. “I didn’t know it was actually going to come to truth or whatever,” Matz said at a press conference. “It’s actually amazing. It’s a pretty big blessing being here, especially my first year being a part of this team.”
* Over is 4-0 in the last four meetings.
* Royals are 5-0 in their last five games following a loss.
* Royals are 4-0 in Young’s last four starts.
* Mets are 4-1 in Matz’s last five starts.
SERIES PRICE: At CarbonSports.ag, the Mets are presently +160 and the Royals are -185.