I know, I know: you show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser.
But this isn't a one-game playoff. It's a seven game series. There's lots of time for the Mets to bounce back.
Even though the Mets lost, I believe that they actually will benefit from the unusual length of the game and the toll that it took on the teams.
The Mets' pitching is still better.
just plain better than the Royals' Johnny Cueto.
deGrom is also capable of going deep into the game, as he has had a full week of rest. That could be huge on a night when both teams' bullpens will be tired from pitching basically every guy on the staff last night.
Most importantly, though, the Mets' bullpen was better set up for a long game than the Royals'.
Bartolo Colon wasn't great last night and eventually walked away with the loss in Game 1, but what he did do is eat innings. That's what he does best. He pitched 2.1 innings in a game that the Mets needed, and even by losing he contributed.
That means their whole strategy will have to be altered.
So now they Mets have the advantage tonight with deGrom against Cueto. They probably have the advantage in Game 3 with Syndergaard against Yordano Ventura, though that's a really even matchup.
But they definitely have the advantage in Game 4, with Steven Matz likely facing Edison Volquez on short rest.
Chris Young, who also pitched three innings, will almost surely not be able to start Game 4 as planned. Steven Matz, who obviously did not pitch last night, will get to pitch against a patchwork pitching team for the Royals.
It's really going to screw with their rotation, I can just smell it.
Think about it: if Volquez goes on four days' rest in Game 4, he won't be able to pitch deep into the game.
The Royals will have to stretch their bullpen for the entire season because of the way they used Young last night.