1. Let the rotation do it’s thing, quiet the Royals first 3 hitters
Matt Harvey (13-8 2.71 ERA, 2.84 ERA this postseason)
Jacob deGrom (14-8, 2.54 ERA, 1.80 ERA this postseason)
Noah Syndergaard (9-7, 3.24 ERA, 2.77 ERA this postseason)
Steven Matz (4-0, 2.27 ERA, 3.72 ERA this postseason)
This Mets rotation is dominant. There’s no other way of putting it. This rotation has two Cy Young contenders, one Rookie of the Year contender, and last year’s ROY all pitching on back-to-back-to-back days. Steven Matz on the fourth day is no cakewalk either. Obviously the Royals know what they’re up against but there’s no way of game-planning for it. As long as the Mets rotation keeps doing their thing (and they should have quite a bit of confidence that they will), then it shouldn’t be too hard to keep the dynamic trio of Alcides Escobar, Ben Zobrist, and Lorenzo Cain relatively quiet. Of course there are other forces to be reckoned with in the Royals lineup like Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez, but getting the top three out will be key.
Three keys: pitch well, hit well, field well. Damn, what a concept.