The Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays in a 4-3 thriller Friday night to close out the American League Championship series and clinch their second straight trip to the World Series. Now the stage is set for the New York Mets to take on the Royals in baseball biggest series. The Mets are coming off a four game sweep of the Chicago Cubs and are playing almost perfect baseball. The World Series will open in Kansas City Tuesday night due to the American league winning the all-star game.
Although these teams are relatively unfamiliar with each other these two teams seem to have a lot in common in their path to the championship series. Both teams made crucial trade deadline additions that greatly impacted their team and has had them playing their best baseball of the year down the closing stretch.
The Mets notably added Yoenis Cespedes in a trade acquisition from the Tigers. Cespedes along with key additions like Conforto allowed the team’s offense to explode to the next level and truly made them a contender. The Royals also made a splash by adding Johnny Cueto at the deadline. Cueto has struggled a bit down the stretch but has not held back the team thanks to a solid offense and dominant bullpen. The Royals are averaging 5.1 runs per game since Alex Gordon returned in September including in the playoffs. The teams have both made all the best moves for their team, look healthy and will set up an interesting match-up in the final series.
Manager Terry Collins has had few days off to plan out his strategy for the upcoming series and yesterday he announced his rotation for the World Series in a press conference. Contrary to some of the rumors he Announced Matt Harvey will pitch game 1 against the Royals in Kansas City and will be followed by Jacob deGrom in game 2 and Noah Syndergaard in game 3. Steven Matz will also likely follow up Syndergaard and be on the mound for game 4. There has been some talk about fatigue for deGrom which could explain his recent struggles with command and the reason why Collins is electing to pitch Harvey in game 1. However, whoever is out there for the Mets should not be an area of concern. New York’s starters have an impressive 2.65 combined ERA with 69 strikeouts over nine starts. Harvey will face look to take advantage of the game 1 start and try to grab an early series lead for the Mets Tuesday night.