Ross Kelly, CBS Local Sports

As the Mets look to even up the World Series tonight at Citi Field, the team will trot out the same lineup that they used in Game 3. That batting order led them to 9 runs scored on 12 hits after getting 5 runs and 13 hits over the first two games combined. Steven Matz will take the mound and he’s allowed 4 earned runs in 9.2 innings pitched this postseason. Matz threw just 35.2 innings during the regular season but had a strong ERA of 2.27 and he was even better at home as his ERA was 1.98 at Citi Field. The New York native will undoubtedly be pumped to make a World Series start just 50 miles west of the Stony Brook neighborhood he grew up in. Here is the full Mets’ lineup:

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. David Wright – 3B
  3. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  4. Yoenis Cespedes – CF
  5. Lucas Duda – 1B
  6. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  7. Michael Conforto – LF
  8. Wilmer Flores – SS
  9. Steven Matz – P

The Royals will counter with the same batting order they used in Game 3 which of course means no designated hitter so Kendrys Morales rides the pine. Kansas City had at least 10 hits in each of the first two games but were limited by Noah Syndergaard to 3 runs and 7 hits in Game 3. On the mound for KC will be 36-year-old former Met, Chris Young (not to be confused with the other Chris Young, who is an outfielder and also a former Met). Young earned the Game 1 win with three hitless innings of relief. In this postseason he has a 2.31 ERA across 11.2 innings and as he was in the regular season, he has been both a starter and a reliever. Young actually performed better on the road (2.52 ERA) than at home (3.66 ERA) during this regular season and over his career at Citi Field, he has an 0-4 record with a 3.61 ERA across 57.1 innings pitched. Here is the full Royals’ lineup:

  1. Alcides Escobar – SS
  2. Ben Zobrist – 2B
  3. Lorenzo Cain – CF
  4. Eric Hosmer – 1B
  5. Mike Moustakas – 3B
  6. Salvador Perez – C
  7. Alex Gordon – LF
  8. Alex Rios – RF
  9. Chris Young – P

Game 4 will start at 8:07 pm EST at Citi Field.

Ross Kelly is an Associated Producer for CBS Local Sports. He is from Louisiana and is a fan of all sports, but not of any teams (except LSU). He can be reached at ross.kelly@cbs.com.

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