Ross Kelly, CBS Local Sports
In news that had been speculated since the Mets knocked off the Cubs was finally confirmed on Saturday as Matt Harvey will take the mound in Game 1 of the World Series. While many thought that Jacob deGrom would get the call, Manager Terry Collins said that deGrom needed extra rest so Harvey gets the start. deGrom will then start Game 2 followed by Noah Syndergaard in Game 3 and Steven Matz in Game 4. The Mets confirmed the Harvey start via their Twitter account:
So if the series go past four games then we can expect Harvey in Game 5, deGrom in Game 6 and all hands on deck in Game 7. Harvey will have had nine days of rest by the time Game 1 comes around on Tuesday and he has been splendid this season with extra rest. He’s started 8 times this year when given six or more days of rest and despite a 2-4 record in those starts, his ERA sits at 1.88. With five days of rest (11 starts) his ERA is 2.91 and with four days of rest (10 starts) his ERA is 3.09.
The Royals will counter with either Johnny Cueto (11-13, 3.44 ERA) or Edinson Volquez (13-9, 3.55 ERA) in Game 1. Both have been inconsistent in the regular season and the postseason. Both have also struggled vs. the Mets in their careers as Cueto has a 4.02 ERA in 65 innings while Volquez has a 5.70 ERA in 42.2 innings. Either way, the onus will fall on Harvey to silence the Royals’ bats and their hostile KC crowd.