It’s finally here. After 162 regular season games and three rounds of the playoffs, the World Series is upon us. How did we get here? The Nationals were the HUGE favorites to win it all this year. They quit on the season faster than Steve Spurrier quit on South Carolina.
This left the New York Mets in prime position to show-off their young pitching talent and win the NL East. Kansas City was just about everyone’s pick to win the American League. But the Toronto Blue Jays made some moves just before the trade deadline to land Troy Tulowitzki and David Price. Toronto ended up winning the AL East with absolutely stupid hitting. When it came time for the ALCS, Johnny Cueto and company silenced the batters, winning the series 4-2.
Mets vs Royals. Four wins separate one team from immortality.
I said that the Cubs were the best team in baseball since the All-Star break. Predicting the Cubs to win the NLCS. Well, deGrom and company destroyed that prediction in no time. Four games and done. Oh, and there’s that Daniel Murphy guy. Mets fans wanted this guy gone early in the season. He hit 14 homers on the all year. Apparently he only likes to play in October. Nine games and seven home runs later, and he’s an October legend. The key to the Mets winning it all? Murphy continuing to swing the lumber, and that pitching rotation just needs to show up for seven or eight innings a night.
The Royals did it again. AL champs. Led by Cueto, great defense, a ridiculous bullpen, and Kendrys Morales’ bat, they seek to redeem last year’s seven game World Series loss. This team has tasted how close a World Championship can be, now they’re going to use that experience to win it this time. If the Royals steal a game against Harvey and deGrom, they’ll be holding the Commissioner’s Trophy for the first time since 1985.
Matt Harvey takes the mound in game one for the Mets. He will be facing off against Edinson Volquez. Everything about this pitching matchup screams Mets W. But that’s not happening. The Mets bats are going to be cooling off. Brett Gardner had a decline in production during the NLCS, which could prove costly for run production. And I’m calling to right now, Murphy will only hit one home run in the World Series. This game 1 win for the Royals will set them up for game 2 with deGrom vs. Cueto. Game 3 we will see Royals’ Yordano Ventura against the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard. Game 4 with Chris Young taking the mound for Kansas City against New York’s Steven Matz.
The Royals will continue to get men on base and play small ball. Coupled with great defense and even better bullpen, the Royals have the complete team to outlast the vaunted Mets rotation.
Kansas City 4-3.