In this corn….err, dugout: A team that had the worst offense in all of baseball prior to the trade deadline. A team that not only saw changes to the roster, but the culture and attitude within the clubhouse. A team that nobody expected to even come close to contending for a division crown in 2015. The National League champion – New York Mets.
And across the field in the other dugout: A heavy favorite to win the American League coming out spring training. They pulled ahead early in the Central division and never looked back, dispatching the four-time defending division champion Detroit Tigers. They make their second straight appearance in the Fall Classic and have some unfinished business. The American League champion – Kansas City Royals.
Yes, the World Series is here. It all begins Tuesday, October 27th at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
The NL representative Mets earned their way to the postseason thanks to a combination of a strong two-month finish to the season along with a major disappointment from the preseason World Series favorite, Washington Nationals who finished just a few games over the .500 mark. They were able to tough out a Divison Series win against the Dodgers, having to face the likes of Clayton Kershaw AND Zack Greinke twice each in the series, beating them each once. The Mets then shocked the baseball world in the Championship Series, sweeping America’s new darling, the Chicago Cubs. The young stud arms of the Mets dominated the entire series and were able to capitalize on opportunities against the Cubs’ top tier starters.
Meanwhile on the other side, the Royals were, top to bottom, the best team in the American League. In the last two years, they have reiterated how important it is to have strong arms in the bullpen. Many would say that it starts with starting pitching, but not Kansas City. They start from the back and work their way up. They just seem to play the game the right way – good bullpen arms, strong defense, running the bases, patience at the plate. Like the Mets, they too were faced with adversity in the first round of the playoffs, having to come from behind late against the Houston Astros in all three of their wins in the series. In the ALCS, the Royals were able to limit the powerful bats of the Toronto Blue Jays enough, as well as take advantage of missed opportunities by Toronto, to punch their ticket back to the World Series.
As stated before, the Royals are back in the Series for a second straight year. They lost in a very entertaining seven-game series to the San Francisco Giants. For the Mets, it is their first appearance in the Fall Classic since the famous 2000 ‘Subway Series’ when they lost to their American League ‘Big Apple’ counterpart.
Complete World Series Schedule
Game 1 – Tuesday, October 27th @ 8:07 PM
Game 2 – Wednesday, October 28th @ 8:07 PM
Game 3 – Friday, October 30th @ 8:07 PM
Game 4 – Saturday, October 31st @ 8:07 PM
Game 5* – Sunday, November 1st @ 8:15 PM
Game 6* – Tuesday, November 3rd @ 8:07 PM
Game 7* – Wednesday, November 4th @ 8:07 PM
Games 1, 2, 6, and 7 are in Kansas City, MO. Games 3-5 are played in Queens, NY. (*if necessary)