Just last week, Las Vegas called the World Series a pick-em. If it were a national election, it’d be too close to call. That’s how evenly matched the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals were.
Two games into the series, however, the Royals are the most unstoppable team in MLB history, and the Mets are garbage. That seems to be the narrative, anyway.
As it stands, the Royals did what they were supposed to do: they won two playoff games at home. They’re up 2-0 in the series. There’s just one problem.
They have to win two more.
“Listen, that’s exactly right,” MLB Network analyst and Intentional Talk co-host Kevin Millar said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “It’s so easy (to count out the Mets). We’re all frontrunners as Americans and as people. We want to go with the good game and the good series. We got it. But (the Mets) got to look in the mirror when there’s no one out there. There’s no microphones, there’s no media, there’s no cameras. Believe in each other (and say) ‘Let’s go boys. Let’s go win the game tonight.’ That was our belief.”
Millar, of course, was a member of the 2004 Boston Red Sox – the first team in MLB history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit. Boston lost the first two games of the series at Yankees Stadium by a combined five runs. The Red Sox were then utterly embarrassed in Game 3, losing 19-8 at Fenway Park. They even trailed in the ninth inning of Game 4.
And still, they won the series.
“We were down 0-3. We were down in the ninth inning,” Millar said in disbelief. “I mean, we had Mariano Rivera trotting in to close us out. Guess what? The game ain’t over. You got to win four. Not three, not two. You got to win four. You don’t have to be winning in the eighth. You’ve got to get 27 outs. That’s the belief, man. That’s the one thing about the Royals. I will say this: They have some tenacity. They have some belief. They have some chemistry. But the Mets, look what they did with the Cubs.”
Chicago was favored to win not only the NLCS, but also the World Series. Instead, the Mets swept the Cubs in the NLCS, outscoring them by a combined 21-8.
“They went in and swept a good ball club that was hot,” Millar said. “Yeah, (the Cubs) strike out a lot, but they hit a lot of home runs. (The Mets) can do the same (thing to the Royals now). They’re getting back home.”
Game 3 is Friday in New York at 8:07 p.m. ET, with Noah Syndergaard taking the hill against Yordano Ventura. Technically, it’s not a must-win game for the Mets, but realistically, it is.
“You know what? You got to believe in each other,” Millar said. “I don’t care how may interviews you do. I don’t care what you say in front of the camera. You got to believe in each other and look at each other as men (and say), ‘Let’s roll.’”