The 2015 MLB World Series matchup is all set. It will feature two teams that have not won the Fall Classic in a very long time. The Kansas City Royals will engage in a fierce best-of-seven game battle against the New York Mets. Both teams will be looking to end 30-year droughts, so the Royals and the Mets will be playing hard! This will be the most interesting World Series that baseball has had in a while.
The Royals finished the regular season with a 95-67 record. They enter the World Series having defeated Houston in the NLDS and Toronto in the NLCS. The primary strength of the Royals is their outstanding bullpen, led by closer Wade Davis. Davis has a 0.00 ERA in 5 postseason games and has 3 saves. He finished the regular season with a phenomenal 0.94 ERA and 17 saves in 69 games! Davis would have had many more saves but he only became the Royals closer towards the end of the year when former closer Greg Holland got injured.
On the non-pitching side, look out for Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar. After hitting .307 with 16 home runs during the regular season, Cain is hitting .275 with a homer this postseason. He also has outstanding speed. Escobar, who captured the ALCS MVP, is hitting .386 this postseason! Both players play incredible defense.
The Mets, who finished the regular season with a 90-72 record, clinched the National League pennant when they completed a four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS on October 21. The Mets dominated the Cubs throughout the series, never trailing in a game. The Cubs’ hot bats, which were apparent in their Division Series, fizzled fast, making way for New York to move on. The Mets bullpen was dynamite in the first two rounds, with closer Jeurys Familia’s stellar performances. In 8 appearances this postseason, Familia has an ERA of 0.00, resulting in 6 saves with 6 strikeouts.
The Royals must watch out for Mets’ slugger Daniel Murphy. Murphy has been outrageously good, as he is in the midst of a historic playoff run. Starting in Game 5 of the NLDS, Murphy has hit a home run in five consecutive games, which is a MLB postseason record. Murphy, who was named the NLCS MVP, has a .421 batting average with 16 hits and 7 home runs through two rounds. He’s unstoppable!
Making his World Series debut is ex-Twin Michael Cuddyer. Although Cuddyer mostly pinch hit for the Mets and looked mediocre in the outfield during their playoff run, it is still great to see him make it to the World Series. During the postseason, Cuddyer has hit just .125 with one hit and 2 strikeouts. It will be interesting to see how the Mets use him going forward since he has been struggling a bit. The Mets will be looking for their first title since 1986.
Click for a position-by-position look at the series. My (Sam’s) prediction for the series is the Royals will win in 6 games. It will be close with the Mets’ very good starting pitching, but the Royals’ lineup and bullpen depth, speed and defense will help Kansas City win its first World Series since 1985! Catch the first game of the Fall Classic this Tuesday, October 27, at 7pm on FOX, live from Kansas City.
Written by: Michael L. Sack and Sam Graves