Major League Baseball is back, and the premier game of MLB Opening Day 2016, the New York Mets vs. Kansas City Royals, will stream live, as the new season gets going with an interleague rematch of last year’s World Series. The Royals beat the Mets in the 2015 World Series four games to one to capture their first championship since 1985.
While the Series turned out to be a surprisingly one-sided affair, one moment of controversy stood out, when Mets rookie power pitcher Noah Syndergaard fired a 98 miles-per-hour fastball up and in on Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar in Game 3.
— Giacomo Moccetti (@mocc88) October 31, 2015
Prior to Opening Day Sunday, rumors circulated that the Royals would seek “revenge” for the knockdown pitch when the two teams met again to start the 2016 season. The rumors may have been just that, rumors. But whatever happens, the tension is heightened for the Opening Day matchup on Sunday night.
Syndergaard is not actually scheduled to pitch on Opening Day, anyway, not slated until Tuesday. But even then, with the opening series played under American League rules, Syndergaard won’t bat against the Royals pitching.
The Opening Day starter for the Mets is scheduled to be 27-year-old Matt Harvey, the ace of the Mets’ dominant starting rotation. But Harvey is coming off of a troubled spring training that saw him surrender 15 runs in the last 8 and a third innings that he pitched in Florida — and also saw him suffer a bizarre medical issue that somehow caused a blood clot in his bladder.
Watch highlights of the 2015 World Series between the Mets and Royals in the video below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the MLB Opening Day game, New York Mets vs. Kansas City Royals, see the streaming links in the final paragraph of this article. First pitch is scheduled for 7:33 p.m. Central Time at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday, April 2. That start time will be 8:33 p.m. in the Eastern Time Zone, 5:33 Pacific.
In Game 5 of the 2015 World Series, with the Mets trailing the series three games to one, Harvey threw eight innings of a gem, allowing no runs on three hits with nine strikeouts. But when Mets Manager Terry Collins left Harvey in to start the ninth, everything fell apart for New York.
Harvey walked the first batter, then allowed a double to Royals slugging first baseman Eric Hosmer to drive in the run before Collins pulled Harvey from the game. Homer later scored, and the game went into extra innings, where Kansas City settled matters with a five-run 12th.
In the offseason, the Royals lost midseason pickups pitcher Johnny Cueto and infielder Ben Zobrist to free agency. But they signed their own veteran third-baseman Alex Gordon to a new, four-year, $72 million deal, and added free agent hurler Ian Kennedy for five years and $70 million to gear up for a run at a repeat championship, and third straight World Series appearances.
The Mets will be looking to closer Jeurys Familia to see how he responds after blowing three saves in the World Series after saving 43 of 48 in the 2015 regular season — and blowing none after July 30.
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To watch the New York Mets Vs. Kansas City Royals Major League Baseball Opening Day game stream live, use the stream provided by WatchESPN at this link, or download the WatchESPN app to watch the game on mobile devices, as well as on set-top devices such as Roku and Apple TV. Fans who do not have credentials to log in to WatchESPN can watch the game via the Sling TV internet TV package at this link. The package, which includes a variety of channels, including ESPN, costs $20 per month. But Sling TV offers a seven-day free trial, so subscribers can choose whether or not to keep the service after watching the New York Mets Vs. Kansas City Royals Major League Baseball Opening Day game stream live online.
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