Analyzing the 2015 World Series


Jimmy Ray:

The Mets young starting pitching is just going to be too much for the Royals to handle. The Mets just need to work on pitching smarter earlier in the count and keeping leadoff batters off the basepath. Offensively, the prospects of Duda and Wright heating up are looking grimmer by the day, but Murphy continues to tear it up, leaving it in the hands of:  Curtis Granderson, who has done an incredible job leading off; Yoenis Cespedes, who needs to overcome his shoulder and get back into his dominant form; and Travis d’Arnaud, a natural born hitter who has the power to be a game-changer. As deGrom takes the mound in game two, I look forward to the Mets turning it around and taking the series in 7.

The Kansas City Royals have become a mainstay in late October baseball, and the team is back in the World Series for the second straight year. In 2014, the Royals fell to the San Francisco Giants in seven games while this year they face off against the New York Mets. After jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the series, the series shifts to the Big Apple as Kansas City will look to win in a hostile environment. The Royals will rely on sparkplug Alcides Escobar and first baseman Eric Hosmer who each had two RBI’s in game two. Those two, along with the rest of the KC bats will go up against phenom Noah Syndergaard (9-7, 3.24 ERA). On the bump for the Royals will be Yordano Ventura (13-8, 4.08 ERA), who has struggled to find postseason success, allowing ten runs in just under 18 innings of work in the playoffs. Overall, Kansas City has to win just two of the next five wins in order to secure their first World Series title since 1985.