The Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets have gone through the labyrinth that is Major League Baseball, and they each stand in the others way of turning this season into a title run.
Both of these teams have earned the right to be here, but one team has to lose.
There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that this series will be interesting.
Either one could walk away with the trophy.
However, allow me to make a case for the Royals.
Last year, the Royal were right in this same spot, but they were facing the Giants who had the historic run of Madison Bumgarner propelling them to their game seven victory, posting the third best ERA for any postseason run at 1.03.
But this time, history just might be on the Royals side.
This is the fifth time an AL team has reached The World Series after losing in the previous year.
Every single one of those other teams went on to win their second time around.
It is no secret that the Mets have a pitching rotation that has teams shaking.
However, if the Royals were eliminated by a pitching performance that many call the greatest ever, wouldn’t they have prepared for that?
If you get knocked out by incredible pitching, wouldn’t you prepare yourself for incredible pitching?
The Royals have some good weapons at their disposal.
Pitchers like Volquez, Young, and Ventura have also been on top of their game this season.
The pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 3.73, and it’s ranked 10th among the rest of Major League Baseball.
They are part of the reason that this team had 95 wins in the regular season.
That was only good enough for the best record in the AL. Another part is their fielding.
The Royals have only recorded one error on defense this postseason.
What else would you expect from a team that is 10th in the MLB, with only 88 errors in the regular season?
Let’s not forget about batting. Lorenzo Cain is leading the team with a batting average of .307, which is the fifth best in the AL.
He is leading a team that is seventh in batting for the entire league.
Let’s also not forget, the Royals have the experience.
They have been to the World Series more recently than the Mets.
Don’t get me wrong, whoever wins this series will be very deserving of the crown.
Anyone who plays 162 games in roughly eight months and wins over 90 of them is definitely a legitimate champion.
One thing is for sure, this will be a series to remember.
It might even go the full seven games, again.
With all that, experience can make a big difference.
All things considered, I think the Royals will be the winners this year.