One of baseball’s Ten Commandments is
“Good pitching beats good hitting.”
The Mets are on fire following Daniel Murphy’s lead, but they are intermittent in their brilliance and they must be on their game.
The Royals, on the other hand, are a machine.
They routinely produce great moments, great innings and
Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Synderdaard and Steven Matz, the Mets' pitching rotation, are the best in the major leagues.
Their pitch is the 99mph fastball.
But the Royals love the fastball.
They don’t walk or strike out, either.
They put the ball into play.
So Mets fielding has to be seamless
and their hitting has to be as explosive
as it was while beating LA and the Cubbies.
LA had holes in their hitting but the Royals have few outs in their line up.
And Cubs poor fielding served up opportunities the Royals will likely never offer.
So if the Mets can get out in front as they have in these last 2 series,
they can hold the Royals and win.
But only if good pitching beats good hitting.
The Royals are a machine.