New York Mets vs Kansas City Royals All games on Fox
It has now come down to two teams. The New York Mets who many said would not even make it to the playoffs and the Kansas City Royals which was a big pick to repeat back to the World Series.
For the Mets let’s just say Daniel Murphy has had quite a October, in some respects being called “Babe Murphy.”
Which team has the edge to win the World Series and be declared best in the world? Here is my preview:
The Mets will win if:
Their pitching continues its dominance that has carried them through the NLDS and NLCS. Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Sydergaard, and Steven Matz are many of the reasons why the Mets are where they are. One of the best performances in the playoffs was when deGrom out pitched both Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.
Also the Mets will win if Curtis Granderson (The Pride of University at Illinois-Chicago) can be the all around player he was during the NLCS, Yoenis Cespedes can be clutch, and Daniel Murphy continues his epic Home Run streak he is on.
The Mets will lose if:
They revert back to the hitting team they were before the July 31st trade deadline, and their young pitching loses steam through pitching so many innings this season (keep an eye on Matt Harvey).
The Royals will win if:
They continue to play these playoffs like it is personal. There following videos show how they act like they have a chip on their shoulder and something to prove.
I think part of the reason why the Royals got to where they are is because of how they play. From the time they looked like they were set to be eliminated in Game 4 of the ALDS, the Royals play like they are in any game no matter the lead of or inning of the game. The balance attack of hitters like Eric Hosmer who can hit it out of the park along with the speed and contact of hitters like Lorenzo Cain need to continue their never say die swagger. Also, Johnny Cueto has to pitch like he is capable of pitching.
The Royals will lose if:
Ned Yost makes questionable decisions like he was widely criticized last year. This year has been a different story. He has not really made much headlines. As a former Brewers fan, it is crazy to think he could arguable be called among the best managers in baseball currently, however there is no denying the fact that he always seems to have his players going all out for him.
The Royals will also lose if they struggle offensively just as much as the Cubs did. The difference between the Cubs team that was shut down completely offensively and the Royals team is that the Royals can change their offensive personality depending on the game. They are able to play for contact and hit for power, forming a more balanced attack. Additionally, if the Royals continue to allow Daniel Murphy to beat them, they won’t be finally getting that elusive title.
Verdict: What a trip we have been on during these MLB playoffs. We have had exciting games, great pitching performances, home runs that immediately changed the game, and unfortunate miscues that was the difference between moving on and sending people home.
Even though some people may not watch this series because their favorite team is no longer playing, I would challenge the baseball or sports fan in you to watch this series. On paper, this could be a epic series. The Royals last year in game 7 was one of the best closings to a World Series in recent history. They were 90 feet away from tying the game in a winner take all moment. You can’t get much better than that.
This year’s World Series has the chance to top that. Daniel Murphy two weeks ago was not a household name. Today he is. Lorenzo Cain added to his legacy by his (first base to home) game winning scoring run in game 6 of the ALCS.
Players have made these 2015 playoffs must see TV and I expect nothing more or less now. While the Mets have proved everyone including me wrong knocking off two favorites to get to this place, I just think that experience wins in the World Series as was proven by the Giants last year.
Kansas City has been there, had an off season to think about going back and was determined to make this season a World Series or bust campaign. They are 4 games away from completing that goal, and I think they have the most balance attack offensively and defensively to finally bring home its fans a winner for the first time since 1985. They also have the starting pitching and bullpen to do it as well.
Two years ago, many people would have never thought they would be here, and now they are my favorites to win the World Series.
Kansas City in 6