For the first time since the year 2000, the Mets will take center stage in a World Series showdown that features them against the Kansas City Royals. After losing in Game 7 of the World Series last year, the Royals come back to the World Series hungrier then ever and seem primed for a World Series.
However, the New York Mets are red hot after sweeping the NLCS series away from the Chicago Cubs thanks to a legendary performance by Daniel Murphy, who looks to keep his record-setting streak of six consecutive postseason games with a home run alive tonight.
After ranking last in the mlb in runs scored per game up until the July 31st trade deadline the Mets added the bats of Juan Uribe, who was activated in time for the World Series from injury, Kelly Johnson, and the most important addition being Yoenis Cespedes.
The Mets haven’t looked back since and are the first team in World Series history to have been ranked dead last in runs scored up to that date and still make the World Series. The Royals prime themselves on the speed, defense, and collaborative efforts of every player, which makes them that much more dangerous because they can beat you in so many ways.
In contrast, the Mets are heavily reliant on their starting pitching and when they grab lead heading into the ninth inning you may as well as call the game official as Jeurys Familia will close the game out.
Edison Volquez (13-9, 3.55 ERA) vs. Matt Harvey (13-8, 2.71 ERA)
After winning the National League Comeback player of the year, the Mets will give the ball in game 1 to the Dark Knight Matt Harvey. While some may argue Carlos Gonzales was more deserving of the award,
it’s hard to argue against a guy who came off Tommy John Surgery and still put up ace like numbers. Edison Volquez doesn’t have the flashiest numbers but he’s a consistent and reliable starter for the Royals who knows how to win games and his nearly identical regular season win loss record to Matt Harvey proves that.
With home field advantage expect the Royals to sneak out a late inning comeback to win this one. The Mets will need to pitch Eric Hosmer carefully because he’s the guy that will beat you. Royals win 4-2.