Battle Royal-e: Wild Game 1 Goes to KC

Talk about a game with a little bit of everything! If you wanted game 1 to be emotional, weird, tight, dramatic, and REALLY, REALLY long, then that’s exactly what you got last night! By the time the game ended at 1:20 AM Eastern Time, I had to jog my memory to remember that Alcides Escobar led off the Royals half of the first inning with an inside the park home run. The 14-inning affair was the longest Game 1 in World Series history, and the longest World Series game since Geoff Blum’s pinch-hit blast gave the White Sox a win over the Astros in 2005.

So by this time you’ve probably heard all the crazy stories of last night’s adventure. How FOX Sports lost power on their broadcast and had to use the video feed from MLB Network. How Jeurys Familia finally blew a save, giving up an Alex Gordon home run in the bottom of the 9th to force extra innings. How Edinson Volquez pitched 6 solid innings, only to depart the game and be told of his father’s death. This game was certainly not lacking for things to talk about. But, for as great a game as it was, we cannot dwell on it, because in just a few hours, Game 2 from Kansas City will be underway.

For the Royals, it’s business as usual. Their dominant bullpen can be used again tonight, practically without limitations, although it is safe to assume Chris Young will be unavailable. The other good news for the KC pitching staff is that Johnny Cueto gets the ball tonight, meaning that the Royals can again count on 6 (and most likely 7) innings at least before manager Ned Yost calls on the bullpen. From an offensive standpoint, once again, we saw last night that the Royals can get contributions from anywhere in the lineup, getting home runs from their leadoff batter and also their #8 hitter.

On the other hand, it is a different outlook for the Mets. Yes, they still have the superior starting pitching, but that can only get you so far. For New York, its still imperative that they get to the Kansas City bullpen with a lead, because they only scored 1 run in 7 innings off Royals relievers. They got good signs offensively from Murphy who had another two hits, David Wright had a pair of hits, and Lucas Duda continues to put good swings on the ball. They’ll face a crafty pitcher in Cueto tonight, and they have to believe that Jacob deGrom can match Cueto pitch for pitch..

Game One of the World Series is one that we should rightfully remember and talk about it for years to come, but for now, it is time to put it out of mind. There is still baseball to be played, and the Mets would obviously love to return to Citi Field with the series tied 1-1 instead of facing a 2-0 deficit. Yes, Familia blew the save last night. But the Mets still played well, and they should still have confidence that they can compete and win in the World Series. Confidence abounds in the Royals clubhouse, as once again , they showed they can come back when the chips are down.

6 hours to baseball? Bring it on, because this game will be worth the wait!

Alcides Escobar comes home with the winning run in the 14th inning SOURCE: USA Today Sports