Being down 0-2 in the World Series? Not too great!


KANSAS CITY —  The good news for the Mets is that the World Series is, last we checked, a best-of-seven affair. Indeed, no matter how bad things feel right now, they are 100% guaranteed two more games, both at Citi Field.

What’s more, if they win one of those two they get a third game at Citi Field! I mean, that’s a square deal right there, ain’t it? So, Mets fans, after realizing that, how do you feel right now?

Um, OK. That’s totally fair. Fair because, statistically speaking, things are pretty far from OK. Why? Because according to all of the paperwork the Royals press people had ready the second the game ended last night — and which they gleefully, it seemed, distributed to everyone in the press box — teams who lost Games 1 and 2 of the World Series on the road are 7-29 overall. Being down 0-2 in the World Series overall is a 10-40 proposition.

I’ve already embedded one video here so I’ll spare you a second, which would likely be the “So you’re saying there’s a chance?!” clip from “Dumb & Dumber,” but I can at least try to make Mets fans smile by reminded them that one of the 10 teams which came back from an 0-2 deficit to win it all was the 1986 New York Mets. But I guess Mets fans probably already knew that and are still upset.

And, wow, you really are upset!

At least the Mets can’t lose today. It’s an off-day. A travel day as we all head to New York for tomorrow night’s Game 3. A Game 3 which will feature Yordano Ventura facing Noah Syndergaard. On paper, one thinks that Syndergaard and his crazy heat will have the advantage. Of course, the same could’ve been said for the last two matchups too.

Sorry, guys.

Yankees place Nestor Cortes on 15-day injured list with left rotator cuff strain

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The Yankees placed Nestor Cortes on the 15-day injured list with a left rotator cuff strain that will sideline the left-hander for at least two starts.

The move is retroactive to Monday and Cortes will be shut down for at least 15 days.

After Tuesday’s game, Cortes said the shoulder has been bothering him between starts and more so after he pitched five innings May 30 in Seattle.

“I took two days off and when I got to LA and threw that first day, I didn’t feel right,” Cortes said Tuesday. “But it was first day coming back from pitching so I knew it was going to be nagging a little bit. So I waited a little bit.

“That second day in LA was when I said something because it felt like I had pitched yesterday. So I wasn’t recovering in time.”

Cortes is 5-2 with a 5.16 ERA in 11 starts and has particularly struggled later in outings. Opponents are hitting .447 when facing him for the third time in a game.

Last year, Cortes was an All-Star and went 12-4 with a 2.44 ERA in 28 starts.

Randy Vásquez was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre to take Cortes’ spot in the rotation and will make his second career start in Thursday’s doubleheader. Vásquez made his major league debut May 26 against San Diego when the Yankees needed a starter because Domingo Germán was serving a 10-game suspension for using sticky substances.