World Series notes: Copious amounts of homegrown talent, Game 1 win vital for success
The Mets and Royals will begin the 111th World Series on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
It will mark the first World Series in which two post-expansion era teams are playing for a World Championship.
Here are some notes on the Mets ahead of the World Series, provided by Major League Baseball:
- The American League has the overall lead in the World Series, 63-47, although the National League has won four of the last five World Series, six of the last nine, and eight of the last 14.
- The Mets five World Series appearances since 1962 are tied with the Braves, Reds and Phillies for the fourth-most appearances in the National League, behind the Cardinals (10), Dodgers (8) and Giants (6).
- The Mets are 12-12 overall in 24 World Series games since 1969, winning two series and losing two series.
- The Mets are the first expansion team to appear in the World Series five times.
- The Mets have won five consecutive Postseason games, tying the franchise mark for the longest Postseason winning streak in club history. They won five in a row from Game 2 of the 2000 NLDS through Game 2 of the 2000 NLCS. The winning streak is tied for the ninth-longest Postseason winning streak in NL history.
- This is the third time in the Wild Card era a team from the American League Central and the National League East are meeting in the World Series (1997, 1995).
- The winner of the first game of the World Series has won 69 times, 11 of the last 12, 16 of the last 18, 18 of the last 21 and 23 of the last 27.
- The team with home field advantage in the World Series has won 23 of the last 29 World Series.
- Royals right-handed reliever Ryan Madson and left-handed reliever Franklin Morales join Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson as the players in the 2015 Fall Classic to appear on a World Series roster in both leagues, bringing the all-time total to 167 players. Granderson is the only Met with any World Series experience (2006).
- Terry Collins joins Gil Hodges (1969), Yogi Berra (1973), Davey Johnson (1986) and Bobby Valentine (2000) as managers to take the Mets to the Fall Classic.
- Mets designated hitters went just 7-for-40 in ten games in an American League park in 2015.
- The Mets have played 41 consecutive innings since they last trailed, dating back to the fourth inning of Game 5 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.
Here are a list of players from both the Mets and Royals who were drafted and developed by their respective clubs: