Morning Briefing: Steven Matz can draw Mets even in Game 4

NEW YORK -- FIRST PITCH: Steven Matz can now pitch the New York Mets to get even in the World Series.

Matz opposes ex-Met Chris Young as the Amazin's and Kansas City Royals play Game 4 of the World Series at 8:07 p.m. ET Saturday at Citi Field.

Tim McGraw will throw the ceremonial first pitch.

Young pitched three scoreless innings in relief and earned the win in the opener Tuesday in Kansas City, although the Mets suggest seeing Young in that 14-inning affair gives them an advantage facing him Saturday.

"I think the good thing for us is he threw a lot in the first game," Curtis Granderson said late Friday. "I think everyone got a chance to get at least one at-bat against him."

Matz will commute from his parents' home on Long Island for Saturday's start.

Meanwhile, how's this for a coincidence ... or a sign? Exactly like in 1986, the Mets lost Game 1 by one run, Game 2 by six runs, then won Game 3 by six runs.

If the pattern holds, the Mets will win Saturday by four runs.


  • David Wright and Granderson each produced go-ahead two-run homers as the Mets beat the Royals, 9-3, Friday in Game 3. Noah Syndergaard threw a high-and-tight fastball to Alcides Escobar on the game's first pitch, which whistled at 98 mph to the backstop. When the Royals groused postgame, Syndergaard essentially challenged them to charge the mound, noting he's only 60 feet, 6 inches away. "My intent on that pitch was to make them uncomfortable. And I feel like I did just that," Syndergaard candidly said. "I think every postseason game that Escobar has played in, he's swung at a first-pitch fastball. I didn't think he wanted to swing at that one." Read more in the Post, Daily News, Times, Journal, Newsday, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • Read more on Syndergaard's performance on the mound and in the interview room postgame from columnists Joel Sherman in the Post, John Harper in the Daily News, Bob Klapisch in the Record and David Lennon in Newsday, plus news stories with Royals reaction in the Post, Daily News, Record and at MLB.com.

  • Wright finished with four RBIs, one shy of matching Rusty Staub's franchise record for a World Series game. Read more on Wright's big night from columnists Kevin Kernan in the Post, Tyler Kepner in the Times and Steve Politi at NJ.com, and in Newsday.

  • Granderson no longer is getting compared to Jason Bay, columnist Ken Davidoff writes in the Post. Read more on Granderson in the Daily News and Newsday.

  • Despite suffering the loss in Game 3, Yordano Ventura suggested he does not expect the series to return to Kansas City, George King writes in the Post.

  • Manager Terry Collins had Jeurys Familia handle the ninth inning despite the Mets holding a six-run lead. Familia had suffered a rare blown save in Game 1. Read reaction from Familia in the Post and Newsday.

  • In his first at-bat since Sept. 25, Juan Uribe delivered an RBI single. Uribe had sworn to the Mets on the eve of the World Series that he was ready and merited being on the roster. Read more in Newsday and the Record.

  • Darryl Strawberry was a member of each of the last two teams to come back from an 0-2 World Series deficit -- the 1996 Yankees and 1986 Mets. And he believes in this year's Amazin's, Christian Red and Peter Botte write in the Daily News. Read more in Newsday.

  • Baseball makes strange bedfellows among politicians making friendly wagers, Dan Barry writes in the Times.

  • Laura Albanese in Newsday catches up with Mike Piazza, who threw the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1.

  • The Mets aren't done yet, columnist Mike Lupica writes in the Daily News.

  • Read more previewing Matz's start in the Daily News, Newsday and Record.

  • Read more about the ex-Met Young's start in Game 4 in the Post.

  • Baseball America released its top-10 Mets prospects list Friday. With several incumbents having graduated to the majors, some new faces appear. Matz, who retains his major league rookie status for 2016, ranks first. The rest of the list in the magazine: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Brandon Nimmo, Marcos Molina, Luis Carpio, Desmond Lindsay, Matt Reynolds and Wuilmer Becerra.

  • "What does success mean for long-suffering sports fans?" scholarly magazine Scientific American asks.

  • From the bloggers. ... Mets Report has no qualms about handing the ball to Matz in Game 4.

BIRTHDAYS: Steven Trachsel turns 45. ... Tim Byrdak is 42.


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