Jacob deGrom and Johnny Cueto spent the first couple of innings copying each other
Through the first few innings of World Series Game 2, Johnny Cueto and Jacob deGrom were matching each other pretty much pitch-by-pitch. Seriously, in the first inning Cueto threw 10 pitches, deGrom threw nine. In the second inning, they each threw 11 pitches. It was as if the two were cosmically bound to mirror each other.
So when deGrom snared a chopper that bounced back to the mound in the bottom of the second, of course Cueto did the exact same thing in the top of the third.
It was a classic case of "Anything you can do, I can do ... the exact same."
In fact, I think I know Cueto and deGrom's favorite Broadway musical:
The two didn't stay synced all game, of course, as the Royals put up four runs in the fifth against deGrom while Cueto went all the way for a one-run complete game and Kansas City prevailed, 7-1. But for a bit there in the beginning, it seemed like we were watching one very high-profile game of copycat.
Will Yordano Ventura and Noah Syndergaard continue the tradition in Game 3? Coverage begins on FOX at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, with game time set for 8 p.m. ET.