World Series Victory
The 2015 World Series was extremely frustrating as the Mets had a late lead in every game and only proceeded to win one of them. The game they won was started by Noah Syndergaard.
In the first-ever World Series game at Citi Field Syndergaard got the ball for the Mets against Yordano Ventura of the Royals. The story of the first two games was the play of Alcides Escobar. He hit the first pitch of this series off of Matt Harvey into the gap in left-center field. Yoenis Cespedes misplayed it and Escobar ended up with an inside-the-park home run, giving the Royals an instant 1-0 lead.
Escobar was known to be a first-pitch swinger, so Syndergaard threw him a first-pitch that he could not hit. It was a 98-mph fastball up and in, forcing Escobar to get out of the batter’s box, making him a bit uncomfortable for a change.
Syndergaard then struck Escobar out to begin the night. While that strikeout was certainly great, he got off to a rough start allowing a first-inning run.
In the bottom half, a David Wright two-run home run gave the Mets the lead. That lead was short-lived as Syndergaard gave those runs right back in the top of the second.
After that inning, Syndergaard locked in and shut the Royals down. He retired the next 11 batters he faced, including five by strikeout.
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He was pulled after six innings allowing three runs on seven hits, striking out six on the night. He would exit with a 5-3 lead, and the Mets would win it 9-3 to cut the Royals series lead to 2-1. While the series didn’t end up going the Mets’ way, Syndergaard did his best to keep the Mets alive and his quality start is a huge reason why they won game three of that series.