I would love to be able to break this down for you in an unbiased manner, but anyone who spent the top of the 9th inning of Game 6 of the ALCS on all fours on the floor of his living room with his stomach in his throat and his heart going 220 bpm is probably not the right choice for that sort of analysis. So instead, I will provide you a completely biased look at the World Series, complete with everything I keep telling myself so that I won’t freak out:
Sure the Mets have a rotation that has the potential to exceed the 90’s Braves rotation in the conversation of Top 5 pitching rotations of all time. But here’s why they will be the second best rotation this series:
- “Easy” Eddie Volquez – Volquez only throws shutouts in Game 1 of playoff series’ since joining Kansas City. And if he looks like ALCS Game 1, there isn’t anything “The Dark Knight” Matt Harvey can do about it. I mean, he couldn’t even protect his parents, much less his teammates.
- Johnny “Please Be Good” Cueto – Cueto is a secret weapon this series. He FINALLY gets to face a team he is actually familiar with. He also will be able to assist the rest of the rotation with the scouting report. Additional bonus: He won’t be in a stadium that will start that chant that messes with his head.
- Yordano “Ace” Ventura – He’s crazy. Do you want to mess with crazy? No one wants to mess with crazy.
- Chris “Not Very” Young – Heart. He’s got massive heart. And he’s massive. It’s a good combo.
There has been a lot of talk about the Royals’ bullpen. As well there should be. Here’s why each of the key guys will be money this series:
- Wade Davis – He’s an ASSASSIN!!!! Even a rain delay and a runner on 3rd with 0 outs can’t stop him! In 2014 he gave up 8 runs all year and 5 were to the White Sox. You know who isn’t in the postseason this year? The White Sox! In 2015 he gave up 7 runs all year and 5 were to the Angels and Blue Jays. You know who aren’t in the World Series? The Angels and Blue Jays!! When Wade was ready to be the closer he ate Greg Holland’s UCL. Do you want to mess with that?
- Kelvin Herrera – From September 1st through the end of the season he had a 6.10 ERA and a 1.839 WHIP. Since the playoffs started? He’s back to himself with an ERA just over 1.00 and he had a 0.00 ERA in the ALCS in 5 2/3 IP with a 10-0 strikeout to walk ratio. He’s BAAAAAACK!!!! And no one wants to stand in against a 101 mph fastball 3 inches from their bones.
- Ryan Madson – Nearly 40% of the runs he gave up this year were against the Blue Jays. You know who isn’t in the World Series? THE BLUE JAYS! Also, the Royals are 2-0 in games where Madson gets lit up like a Christmas tree. It works either way!
- Luke Hochevar – 0 runs in the postseason this year and a hunger from missing out on last year. Additionally, he knows all the words to Rocky Top and is not afraid to use them to baffle hitters.
- Kris Medlen – Has hated the Mets his whole career. He’s the answer to who gets called when Dave Eiland breaks glass in case of emergency. And there are a whole lot worse options to have in that situation.
- The Royals have the #1 batting average in MLB against fastballs of 95mph or higher. The Mets throw the most fastballs 95mph or higher in baseball.
- Houston & Toronto hit the most HRs in MLB. The Royals hit the 23rd most HRs. In the postseason, the Royals hit the exact same number of HRs as Houston and Toronto combined in their series’ against Kansas City.
- Alcides Escobar is the atypical leadoff hitter. In the postseason he is a career .330 hitter and just won the ALCS MVP.
- The Mets rely on the strikeout and the Royals strikeout less than any team in baseball. The Mets infield combined for over -40 defensive runs saved on their infield which should benefit a team that puts the ball in play.
- Being down 4 runs in the 8th inning just doesn’t matter.
- That’s what speed do
- Billy Butler and Omar Infante were on the team last year. This year it’s Ben Zobrist and Kendrys Morales. This is what we call an UPGRADE.
- 2nd fewest runs allowed in the AL this season
- 3 perennial gold glovers (Gordon, Hosmer, Perez) with 2 new potential gold glovers this year (Escobar & Cain)
- Only weak fielder is Rios and with Dyson & Orlando as options late, there are no holes in the clutch.
- Fans that convincingly scream “I got it!”
- The Kansas City Strip existed before the New York Strip which is just a rip-off of the KC Strip
- The Royals view this as #UnfinishedBusiness
- It’s the 30th anniversary of the Royals’ last World Series win. The Mets’ 30th anniversary is next year
- Joe Posnanski & Buck O’Neil
- Fetty Wap
It’s simply undeniable. Go Royals! #TakeTheCrown