Mets vs. Royals: World Series Game 4 Preview And Prediction

The New York Mets avoided an 0-3 hole in the World Series by defeating the Kansas City Royals 9-3 in Game 3. It was essentially a must-win game for the Mets and the win gives them new life as the series remains in New York for Game 4. So will the Mets tie the series at 2-2? Or will the Royals take a commanding 3-1 lead? Here's our preview and prediction. 

Where To Watch: 

FOX, first pitch slated for 8:07 p.m. ET

Starting Lineups: 

Kansas City Royals

SS Alcides Escobar
2B Ben Zobrist
CF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
3B Mike Moustakas
C Salvador Perez
LF Alex Gordon
RF Alex Rios
SP Chris Young

New York Mets

RF Curtis Granderson
3B David Wright
2B Daniel Murphy
CF Yoenis Cespedes
1B Lucas Duda
C Travis d’Arnaud
LF Michael Conforto
SS Wilmer Flores
SP Steven Matz

Key To The Game:

Which pitching staff steps up? The Royals used every reliever except Wade Davis in Game 3, although many of the options can go again tonight. The Royals' Chris Young pitched in Game 1, so the Mets have already had a chance to face him. Steven Matz is making his first appearance this series for the Mets. Both pitchers are highly unlikely to go deep in the contest, and this seems like a game in which both managers will lean on their bullpen. The Royals have the superior bullpen, so the Mets will need to hit Young early. 

What They Are Saying About The Mets: 

Mets Send Matz To Mound To Even Series

Royals Upset With Syndergaard's Cheap Trick

Matz' Awesome Commute To Game

What They Are Saying About The Royals:

Royals Face Mets and Double Standards

Chris Young Prepares To Make 1st Series Start

KC Fans Aren't Discouraged

Prediction: Royals Win 4-3

To be honest, I'm not sold on this prediction. I think this game will come down to the wire and the Royals will barely pick up a win. Both starters pitch well enough, but it's the Royals' bullpen that gives them the advantage. The win puts Kansas City one win away from a World Series title.

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