Lead Story - 2/6/2020
New York Mets - 2018 World Series ChampionsThe New York Mets beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4 games to 1 to win the 2018 World Series behind stellar pitching.
Series MVP Matt Harvey dominated the opening game of the series, shutting out the Rays giving up only 3 hits and striking out 10. Ike Davis drove in all 3 Mets runs hitting a 6th inning Home Run, giving Harvey the victory 3-0. In the Series, Harvey won 2 games with a 0.56 ERA, .75 WHIP striking out 22 in 16 innings.
Noah Syndergaard followed Harvey’s performance with another 10 strike out 3 hitter. The Rays managed only one run on Melvin Upton’s lead off 4th inning Homer. Juan Lagares scored the go ahead run in the bottom of the 4th, before Michael Conforto put the game out of reach with a 2 run Home Run, giving the Mets a 4-1 victory and a 2-0 series lead.
The Series moved to Tropicana Field for game 3, and the Rays needed a victory badly. Chris Archer responded with a 5 hit gem, pitching 7 innings and holding the Mets to 1 run. The Rays offense came to life exploding for 7 runs in the 6th inning. Mark Teixeira started it off with a 2 run Homer, and after 3 straight singles, Wil Myers hit a 2 run double, giving the Rays an 8-1 victory.
Seth Lugo took the mound for the Mets in game 4 and got the Mets staff back on track. Combining with Logan Verrett, they held the Rays to 1 run on 6 hits. The Mets took an early lead in the 1st on Lucas Duda’s 2 run homer, which was all the Mets needed taking the victory 5-1, one game away from a championship.
Game 5 was a pitching duel between Harvey and Jake Ordizzi. Harvey got the win, going 8 innings, giving up 1 run on 7 hits, striking out 12. Daniel Murphy drove in both of the Mets runs, with a solo Home Run in the 3rd, and a run scoring Double in the 5th. The Rays tried to break things open in the bottom of the 5th. Joey Wendle opened the inning with a triple, and Reid Brignac followed with a double to close the gap to 2-1, but Harvey buckled down and struck out the side, preserving the lead, the victory, and the 2018 World Championship.
Michael Conforto led the Mets offense with a .412 Avg, 1.941 OPS, 4 doubles, 2 Home Runs and 5 RBI.
Wil Myers led the Rays offense with a .286 Avg, .857 OPS, 3 doubles and 2 RBI.
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