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Mets vs. Royals: World Series Game 1 Live Blog

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Mets pitcher Matt Harvey against the Cubs during the N.L.C.S.Credit Elsa/Getty Images
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Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez against the Blue Jays during the A.L.C.S.Credit Rob Carr/Getty Images

On paper, the Mets’ starting pitchers appear to have an advantage over their Kansas City counterparts. That is evident right off the bat in Game 1 when Matt Harvey takes on Edinson Volquez.

Harvey has been superb in his 65 career regular-season starts, with a 2.53 earned-run average that, when adjusted for his league and home park, is 44 percent better than average. He is among the game’s hardest pitchers to hit, allowing just seven hits per nine innings, and he strikes out an impressive 9.5 batters per nine innings. His success has carried over to the postseason, where the Mets have won both of his starts with Harvey striking out 16 batters in 12 2/3 innings while giving up just four earned runs.

Volquez occasionally flashes talent but has been nowhere near as consistent as Harvey. Over 11 seasons he has been slightly worse than league average in terms of adjusted E.R.A., and despite having a strong arsenal of pitches, he has often suffered from allowing too many…

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