NY Mets (0-0) at Kansas City (0-0)
When: Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: FOX
In a matchup not many people predicted before the season started, the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals will meet tonight in Game 1 of the World Series. The last time either club won a Championship was back in the mid-’80’s when they won it back-to-back. The Royals in 1985 and the Mets in 1986. This is also the first time ever that both teams playing are not part of the original teams that started playing for a World Series back in 1903. The Mets got here with Daniel Murphy and strong pitching. Murphy has homered in six consecutive postseason games after his 8th inning homerun in Game 4 of the NLCS sealed the deal. The Mets swept the Cubs easily, while the Royals beat the Blue Jays in six games in the ALCS. Kansas City could be a good match for this dominant Mets staff as the Royals had the fewest batters strike out over the regular season. After going hitless in Game 1 of the ALDS, Alcides Escobar has hit safely in 11 straight and was named ALCS MVP. The Royals aren’t a big homerun hitting team, but Salvador Perez and Kendrys Morales each have four homers a piece in the Playoffs.
The Mets will have the edge in starting pitching every night and Game 1 is no exception. Matt Harvey will take the ball on 9 days rest after striking out 9 and allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and a pair of walks over 7.2 innings to win Game 1 of the NLCS. The 26-year-old endured plenty of questions about his workload down the stretch but has so far only been needed for 12.2 innings in the postseason. Harvey is making his first career start against Kansas City and is 3-1 with a 0.93 ERA in eight career interleague outings. Edinson Volquez picked up his first career postseason win in five starts when he held the Blue Jays scoreless over 6 innings in Game 1 of the ALCS. Game 5 didn’t go as well as he was hit for 5 runs in as many innings. He’ll be on regular rest for Game 1. Volquez is 2-5 with a 5.70 ERA in 9 career starts against New York and has issued 12 walks in 16.2 innings during the postseason.
Kansas City came within one game of the title last year and have what it takes to win it all this year. The starting pitching is a big concern for me in this series. The Royals will need to hit the young Mets pitchers and get to the 7th inning with the lead. I’m hoping this is a fun and entertaining series to watch. I like Harvey against Volquez tonight. Enjoy the World Series, everyone.
Pick: Mets -105