Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Royals return to Citi Field for WS rematch with Mets

The defending World Series champions are heading back to the scene of the crime. After defeating the Mets in five games in the Fall Classic last year, the Royals make their first trip back to Citi Field.
For the opener, the Mets will roll out right-hander Bartolo Colon, who gave up just two runs on seven hits over 7 2/3 innings while striking out eight in a winning effort against the Pirates on Thursday. He hasn't allowed more than two runs in five consecutive starts, lowering his ERA from 3.75 to 3.01.
Noah Syndergaard was initially scheduled to start, but he and Colon were switched in the rotation on Tuesday afternoon. Syndergaard is now scheduled to start on Wednesday.
Opposing Colon will be right-hander Ian Kennedy, who has wavered in June after putting together a string of good outings. Kennedy has given up eight home runs through three starts this month, but he's also managed some big outings when called upon.
Kennedy has posted five quality starts this season, and he's allowed two runs or fewer in eight of his 13 outings. If he can limit the long ball, which has plagued him at times, the Royals should have a chance to start this road trip with a win, unlike the last one, which started with eight consecutive losses.
Three things to know about this game:
• Royals catcher Salvador Perez enters Monday on an 11-game hitting streak. For his career, he is 1-for-4 with a walk against Syndergaard, counting the postseason.
• Mets right-hander Jeurys Familia has recorded 38 saves without a blown chance. He was nearly perfect in last year's postseason, surrendering two runs (one earned) in 14 2/3 innings, although both came at the hands of the Royals.
• The Royals have not won a road series opener since May 23, against the Twins, going 0-3 in that time. They are also 1-4 in the first game of a road trip this year.

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