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Mets’ offense wakes up, takes down the Royals in Game 3 of the World Series

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A pair of early two-run home runs, a solid outing by Noah Syndergaard, and a middle-innings offensive explosion allowed the Mets to finally take a game from the Royals in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night at Citi Field, winning by a 9-3 margin. Falling down zero games to three in the best-of-seven series would have been disastrous for the Mets, needless to say.

Starter Noah Sydnergaard was shaky early, allowing two hits that led to a run in the first inning, then serving up four hits that led to two runs in the second. He settled down from there, however, retiring 12 batters at one point before he was done after six innings. He finished having allowed the three runs on seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

Meanwhile, the Mets watched David Wright crank out a two-run home run to left field in the first and Curtis Granderson hit a two-run shot of his own in the third inning, the latter of which gave them a lead they would not relinquish. The Mets tacked on one more run against Royals starter Yordano Ventura in the fourth inning on two singles and a double, chasing the right-hander with one out in the frame. Lefty reliever Danny Duffy escaped the inning without further damage, so Ventura was on the hook for five runs on seven hits and no walks with one strikeout in 3 1/3 innings.

The Mets got to the Royals’ bullpen in the sixth inning, scoring four times against lefty Franklin Morales and right-hander Kelvin Herrera. The duo yielded three singles, a walk, a hit batsman, and Morales made a mistake on a comebacker that didn’t result in an out, helping the Mets ultimately pad their lead to 9-3.

Addison Reed took over for Syndergaard in the seventh inning and retired the Royals in 1-2-3 fashion. Tyler Clippard handled the eighth, working a 1-2-3 frame of his own. Stunningly, Mets manager Terry Collins opted to use closer Jeurys Familia to protect a six-run lead in the ninth inning. The Mets, if they play all seven games in the World Series, would have to complete five games in the span of six days, so opting for another day of rest for Familia might not have been the worst idea. Nevertheless, Familia got through the inning easily, getting Salvador Perez to ground out, Alex Gordon to strike out, and pinch-hitter Kendrys Morales to ground out to end the game.

The World Series, now 2-1 in the Royals’ favor, continues on Saturday night with Game 4, starting at 8 PM EDT. The Royals will start right-hander Chris Young and the Mets will start lefty Steven Matz.

Rumor: MLB execs discussing 100-game season that would begin July 1

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Matt Spiegel of 670 The Score Chicago heard from a source that Major League Baseball executives have been discussing a 100-game season that would begin on July 1 and conclude on October 15. It would essentially pick up the second half schedule, eliminating the All-Star Game while hosting the World Series at a neutral warm-weather stadium — ideally Dodger Stadium.

In the event the Dodgers, who won 106 games last year, made it all the way through the playoffs, the World Series would be hosted in Anaheim or San Diego. The earlier rounds of the playoffs would be played in the cities of the teams involved, which might be tough since the postseason would extend into November.

Spiegel went on to describe this vision as “an absolute best case scenario,” and that’s accurate. In order for the regular season to begin on July 1, the players would need to have several weeks if not a full month prior to get back into playing shape — more or less an abbreviated second spring training. And that would mean the U.S. having made significant progress against the virus by way of herd immunity or a vaccine, which would allow for nonessential businesses to resume operations. The U.S., sadly, is faring not so well compared to other nations around the world for a variety of reasons, but all of which point to a return to normalcy by the summer seeming rather unlikely.

Regardless, the league does have to plan for the potential of being able to start the regular season this summer just in case things really do break right and offer that opportunity. Commissioner Rob Manfred has stated multiple times about the league’s need to be creative, referring to ideas like playing deep into the fall, changing up the location of games, playing without fans in attendance, etc. This rumor certainly fits the “creative” mold.