A total of 162 games and two postseason series have led two teams to the pinnacle of the Major League Baseball season, the 2015 World Series.
Premiering tonight the New York Mets will travel to Kansas City to face the Royals in Game One of the series. It’s been over two decades since each franchise has brought home the Commissioner’s Trophy. For the two teams recent years have been comprised of “would of could of been” seasons, as the Royals made it to the World Series last year but fell short to the San Francisco Giants and the Mets last World Series appearance came in 2000. This year however, the narrative all changes.
The New York Mets will come in refreshed as they swept the Chicago Cubs 4-0 to claim the National League. Matt Harvey will get the start on the mound, entering this series having thrown 202 innings; in two postseason wins he’s allowed five runs on 11 hits with four walks and 16 strikeouts. Mets infielder Daniel Murphy also comes into the series on a high as “Mr.October” recently became the first player to hit a home run in six consecutive playoff games in several seasons.
The Kansas City Royals enter the World Series after a hard fought series with the Toronto Blue Jays, eventually winning the American League in six games. The Royals will start pitcher Edinson Volquez for Game One and hope their depth in the bullpen will lead them to a championship. The Royals’ experience in the Fall Classic, after being in it a year ago, could be an advantage for a team that may not swing the bat or have the same starting pitching as do the Mets.
Kansas City manager Ned Yost stated the team’s approach to attaining runs maybe different but will be just as effective in the series.
First pitch is set for 8:07 pm; live coverage on ESPN Gainesville/95.3 FM starts at 7 pm.