Then there were two the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets outlasted the rest will battle for the 2015 World Series title. If you had that at the beginning the season, I hope you on a lot of money because for many this came out of nowhere; this is going to be a fitting end to a wild unpredictable Major-League Baseball season.
This matchup pits strength against strength as they both rely on outstanding pitching it just feels like it’s going to go seven games because the these teams are so evenly matched. Here are some big factors that will decide who will win the fall classic.
Got to score early
As I said, both teams have outstanding pitching, if you get behind early good luck! I give the Mets the edge in the starting pitching aspect with Jacob Degrom, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Stephen Matz. They’ve carried the club and I don’t see this being any different; from the Royals perspective, they must do anything they can to disrupt these young guys read them and rattle them maybe play more small ball and try to steal some bases early like they did in last year’s postseason.
However, if they allow the starters to get in a comfortable rhythm it could be a long series for the Kansas City Royals offense. Conversely the Mets are in the same situation facing a formidable starting rotation and a dominant bullpen that can shut down anybody at any time.
Whichever team is able to score some early runs and take the pressure off will be the team to beat. These games will be nail bitters anyway you slice it going to be fun to watch.
Royals must slow down Daniel Murphy
Daniel Murphy’s price tag has skyrocketed as he has played out of his mind this postseason. He has put up historic numbers hitting .421 with seven homers and 11 RBIs. He set a record with six straight games with a home run just unthinkable when he has done for the Mets this postseason; I think it’s safe to say that they didn’t have Daniel Murphy their situation could be completely different. It would be in the Royals best interest to find a way cool down his bat because if he does what he did against the Cubs the Royals could be in a world of hurt.
In sports experience plays a huge part in championships and the Royals experience it all last season. Losing in a heartbreaking series against Madison Bumgarner and the Giants. I think that will definitely help them because they’ve experienced that atmosphere and know what to expect going into this year. The Mets haven’t experienced this since 2000, with so many young players they can’t get caught up in the moment; which is easier said than done. Just play their game and not try to do to much. Also the Royals have had a never say die mentality in both postseasons seeing every possible situation, giving them the edge in this category.
Since both teams have dominant pitching staffs it’s going to come down to who can play the cleanest games; what I mean by that is no errors, no walks, and no extra outs just all-around sound baseball. I also think the team that decides to put pressure on the defenses by pushing the envelope stealing bases, bunting maybe even a squeeze will have the edge in the series.Anyway you can gain an advantage is a must be done because of these pitching staffs.
I know the Mets don’t steal a lot, but I think with Daniel Murphy is so hot and Cespedes a little small ball could open up more opportunities for bigger innings and the ability for their young guys to get comfortable.
The Royals were the kings of small ball last postseason; I think they should take that approach versus the Mets because if they are able to rattle the young guys they could run all over the Mets and catcher Travis d’arnaud who struggles little bit in the caught stealing category. It’s going to be a chest match between these teams, whoever flinches first and who is willing to take chances will win this series no doubt.
This series is going to be like a heavyweight-boxing match that will go all 7 games so evenly matched it only seems right. I give the Royals the slightest of edges because they have home field advantage and dominate bullpen not asking too much out of their starters it’s a five-inning game against them if they have a lead. I am a Braves fan so I can’t bring myself to cheer for the New York Mets, but they deserve everything they have gotten this season Best of luck to both teams!