Before the All-Star break, the Mets were a dreadful 15-28 on the road. They obviously made improvements across the board near the deadline, but the Mets’ 26-12 record in road games after the break is still impressive. At one point in September, the Mets set a National League record by scoring at least three runs in 31 straight games. They also won 11 straight road games in September, setting a franchise record.
All of this bodes well considering the Royals have home-field advantage in the World Series. Kansas City was one of the better home teams all season, going 51-30 in games played at Kauffman Stadium, but that advantage is somewhat mitigated by the Mets’ excellence away from home.
“One of the discussions was going to Kansas City; they play well in their park,” Terry Collins told the press on Saturday, “but we think we’ll run two pretty good pitchers at them and hopefully get one or two [wins].” The Mets will go with their two aces, Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom, in Games 1 and 2 at Kauffman Stadium.
The Mets are 4-1 on the road this postseason, winning Games 1 and 5 in Dodger Stadium in the NLDS, and winning Games 3 and 4 in Wrigley Field in the NLCS.
Noah Syndergaard, who struggled on the road during the regular season (2-5, 4.23 ERA), made a quality postseason start in Dodger Stadium back on Oct. 10 (6.1 innings, five hits, three runs). He even pitched a scoreless inning in relief in Game 5 in Chavez Ravine.
Syndergaard chalked his earlier road struggles up to bad luck, telling reporters before that start in L.A., “To me, it’s just all about getting comfortable out there on the mound on the road. I felt like my stuff was there. It’s just a series of bad events happened.”
If the World Series goes seven games, Syndergaard could start the deciding game in Kansas City.