Kansas City Royals starters Edinson Vólquez and Johnny Cueto will pitch Games 1 and 2 of the World Series against the New York Mets. The Royals will then start Yordano Ventura in Game 3 and former Mets starting pitcher Chris Young in Game 4. None of that comes as much of a surprise.
In 200.1 innings in the regular season this year, Volquez had a 3.55 ERA and 3.82 FIP. In 16.2 innings spanning three postseason starts, he has a 4.32 ERA and 4.45 FIP.
Cueto, who the Royals acquired from the Reds before the trade deadline, has been very bad for Kansas City. In thirteen regular season starts with the team, he had a 4.76 ERA and 4.06 FIP. In three postseason starts, he has a 7.88 ERA and 5.20 FIP. Both Volquez and Cueto haved struggled most in road games in the postseason.
In four postseason starts, Ventura's opponents have hit .278 against him, with an .858 OPS. He has a 5.09 ERA and 4.49 FIP in those starts as a result. He was better than that in the regular season, with a 4.08 ERA and 3.57 FIP.
Young pitched for the Mets in 2011 and 2012. He splits his appearances between the bullpen and starting rotation this year and had a 3.06 ERA and 4.52 FIP in the regular season. In two postseason appearances, one a start and the other out of the bullpen, he has a 3.12 ERA and 3.48 FIP in 8.2 innings of work.