KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There were no first-pitch inside-the-park home runs, no power failures and no starting pitchers working out of the bullpens into the 14th inning this time. It was just ordinary baseball in Game 2 of the World Series.
After the series opened with an unusual and entertaining Game 1 Tuesday, a sense of normalcy returned to Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday except for one important distinction: For the first time in the postseason, Jacob deGrom was not unbeatable, and Johnny Cueto was.
Cueto threw a two-hit complete game, and the result was a 7-1 victory for the Kansas City Royals over the Mets and a two-games-to-none lead in the series. Of the 53 teams that have jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the World Series, 42 have gone on to win. Two of the clubs that defied the trend, coincidentally, were the 1985 Royals and the 1986 Mets.
Game 3 is set for Friday at Citi Field, where Noah Syndergaard is scheduled to pitch against Yordano Ventura as the Mets seek the comforts of home to gain their first win.
“We’ve got to pick it up offensively,” Manager Terry Collins said….