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2015 World Series Preview: New York Mets At Kansas City Royals

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The last time the New York Mets won the World Series the year was 1986, the last time the Kansas City Royals won the World Series it was 1985. Now, both teams will meet in a best of seven World Series that will be sure to please with the Mets winning their first National League Pennant in fifteen years and the Royals with their second consecutive Pennant after having their Championship hopes crushed last year in a Game 7 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

The Royals looked solid throughout the regular season but have fought hard this postseason to win the Pennant and make it back to the World Series. After winning the American League Central, the Royals faced the Houston Astros in the Divisional  Series and were nearly eliminated in Game 4 but fought back to force a Game 5 situation in which they would go on to win for a trip to the Championship Series. They were once again resilient against the Toronto Blue Jays to win the ALCS in six games.

The Mets have had a whirlwind of a season and at the start of 2015, it was speculated that the Washington Nationals would win the National League East and were  just above .500 in July. But, with the additions of outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, utility infielder Kelly Johnson, third baseman Juan Uribe , relief pitcher Addison Reed and a stellar, young pitching staff the Mets put it altogether to claim the divisional title. Once reaching the playoffs the Mest have been led by Daniel Murphy who continue his postseason MVP run with a six game homerun streak in the playoffs which includes a homerun in every game of the NLCS in which they swept the Chicago Cubs for their first Pennant win since 2000.

Here’s a breakdown of Game 1 of the 2015 World Series:

Where:Kauffman Stadium

  • The Royals will have home field advantage in the series due to the American League’s win in this season’s All-Star Game. The New York Mets haven’t played in Kauffman since 2004.

When: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 8:00pm

The Starters:

  • Mets– RHP Matt Harvey started the first game of the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs and will now take the start for Game 1 of the World Series; just his third career postseason start. In September it looked unlikely that fans would see Harvey in the post-season as he expressed concern about exceeding his season innings limit that he had set since returning from Tommy John Surgery. In his last start in the NLCS, Harvey was solid as he went seven and two third innings, allowing two runs off of four hits and earning the win. Harvey has never faced the Royals in his career.

 

  • Royals- It will be RHP Edinson Volquez who will take the start for the Royals in Game 1 of the World Series. Volquez has been up and down so far in the postseason, with a 1-2 record in three starts so far. In Game 1 of the ALCS he pitched six scoreless innings and then in his last start in Game 5 of the ALCS he went five innings allowing five runs on five hits. Volquez has faced a number of Mets in the lineup including Daniel Murphy who has a career .417 average against him in 12 at-bats and Michael Cuddyer who has a career .333 average against him.

Here’s a breakdown of Game 2 of the 2015 World Series:

When: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 8:00pm

The Starters:

  • Mets– RHP Jacob deGrom will start Game 2 of the World Series for the Mets, which will be his fourth playoff start; he’s currently 3-0 in the postseason so far and has shown his dominance as he has continued to fight back even when he is down in the count. deGrom has struck out an impressive 27 batters in those three starts and has allowed a combined four runs. Like Harvey, deGrom has never faced the Kansas City Royals in his young career.

 

  • Royals- Kansas City will look to their mid-summer acquisition RHP Johnny Cueto as he takes the mound for the Royals in Game 2. Cueto has struggled since joining the Royals and in his last start in the ALCS against the Blue Jays he worked just two innings with eight runs allowed. Cueto’s career record against the Mets is 3-4 with a ERA of 4.02.

 

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

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Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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