The Royals know they have their work cut out for them in the World Series
The Mets and Royals open the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday night.
While the Mets will be challenged with dealing with the Royals speed, aggressiveness, ability to make contact, and lights out bullpen, the Royals know they have their work cut out for them against the Mets as well if they intend to win their first World Championship in 30 years.
And that’s mainly because of one thing: their starting pitching.
“It’s a really good team,” Alcidis Escobar said after the Royals defeated the Blue Jays in Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday. “Really good pitching over there. They sweeping the Cubs. Right now they’re coming back, and the best team starting home.”
Eric Hosmer is also wary of the Mets power-armed starting rotation, but feels as though it will be a good series.
“It’s going to be pretty evenly matched. It should be a good series,” Hosmer said, according to MLB.com.
Said center fielder Lorenzo Cain, “We know they’re going to be tough. They’ve got those big-time pitchers who throw hard. Not going to be easy. But it’s not supposed to be when you get this far. We’ll be ready.”
The Royals finished the regular season with a 95-67 record. They needed five games to defeat the Astros in the American League Division Series, and won their second pennant in as many years after winning the American League Championship Series in six games over the Blue Jays, who were the odds-on favorites to win not only the AL pennant, but the World Series as well.
The Royals have yet to announce their starting rotation for the World Series, but presumably Edinson Volquez will pitch Game 1 opposite either Jacob deGrom or Matt Harvey, followed by Yordano Ventura in Game 2 against either deGrom or Harvey.
“They’ve got those power arms. We’ll have to be ready,” Hosmer explained about the Mets starting pitching.
The two teams are very evenly matched, even though their strengths and weaknesses vary.
The Mets strike out a lot, while the Royals don’t. But the Mets hit for a ton of power, whereas the Royals don’t.
The Mets have the greatness in their starting rotation, whereas the Royals greatness lies in their bullpen.
The Royals have proven first-to-third speed, the Mets have doubles and triples power to make up for those bases, which they suddenly began stealing against the Cubs in the National League Championship Series.
The Royals are a solid defensive team, whereas the Mets fall a little short in that department although their outfield defense is vastly improved now thanks to the additions of both Michael Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes, with Juan Lagares and Kirk Nieuwenhuis serving as very deep depth behind them.
And because of all of that, this World Series could be one of the best and most well-played Fall Classic’s of all-time.