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The Mets' silver lining from the Game 1 loss

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.
Last night's marathon game was so exciting. It was a great baseball game. 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.

Here's why.

The Mets' pitching is still better.

There's no doubt about it. Especially tonight, in a HUGE Game 2, the Mets enter with the advantage, as their ace Jacob deGrom is 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.
The Royals had no true long reliever in their bullpen and were forced to use Chris Young, who they had planned to have start in Game 4. 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.

I can't blame them - after all, it's the World Series, and you do whatever it takes to win the game that is right in front of you, rather than worrying about tomorrow - but the implications of last night's marathon undoubtedly favor the Mets, the way I see it.

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I agree with DannyMoses! Tonight's gonna be a good match and I guess it really depends on how much Cueto can step up his stuff!
yup u do wst u gotta do to win
if anyone can do it, he's the guy
Good observation I agree we hold an advantage tonight and believe in the amazins so here's to a degrom gem tonight go mets !
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