The World Series is here and months of waiting are almost finished. It has not been a walk in the park for the “other” New York team over the last almost 30 years. Remember 1986? Neither do I but that was the last time the Mets won it all. The opportunity to break a streak is near; can the boys from Queens take it home?
Across the field will be the Kansas City Royals. They are returning to the World Series for the second time in as many years. Some thought last year was a bit of a fluke but here they are ready to break streak that dates back to 1985. Which time will be crowned 2015 World Series Champions? It about time we find out.
It is all about momentum in baseball. Okay, not really despite what everyone will tell you. Think about it, each game is a unique beast and a pitcher on his “A game” will shut down any offense and if the pitcher is “off” you can forget your chances. Just look at pitchers like Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard as examples of hot pitching compared to the off night Johnny Cueto had. Crowd noise does not matter either, just ask Daniel Murphy or Kendrys Morales how it affected them on the road. Momentum is such a poor use of words. Players can get hot but it is not momentum. Do you the Mets have the momentum? How about the Royals? The answer is neither.
Both have solid teams that can perform on a regular basis based on construction. The real home field is about knowing the dimensions and the bounces that is the real key. It is just the real reality and not one many want to discuss. Players can see the ball better for periods of time but that is not momentum. Pitchers can find a grove and hit their marks for a few starts but that is not momentum. . I only bring this up to bit this series in context. I get what they are trying to say but it is a poor choice of words. Let’s look at both teams and come up with some 2015 World Series Picks and Predictions.
New York Mets
Regular Season Offensive Overview
The Mets hit .244 as a team in 2015 but since the All-Star break they are hitting .257. The boys from Queens finished third in the NL in Home runs (177) and were first in the category since the since the All-Star break. The Mets added Cespedes for the second half of the season and he has been nothing short of incredible. He has 17 home runs, 44 RBI and a .287 average since his addition and entering the post-season.
Lucas Duda also gives the team pop and Daniel Murphy is underrated to say the least. David Wright is a shell of what he once was but he does bring valuable experience to the lineup and clubhouse. The loss of Tejada to injury is a shot since his replacement is not of the same overall caliber.
Regular Season Pitching Overview
The Mets were fourth in the NL in team ERA at 3.43. Since the All-Star break the Mets team ERA came in around 3.72. For the Mets you can expect a heavy dose of Matt Harvey (5-2, 2.19 ERA since the All-Star break), Jacob deGrom (5-2, 3.14 ERA since the All-Star break), and Noah Syndergaard (5-3, 3.35 ERA since the All-Star break) in the series.
If a long relief situation presents itself the Mets with the crew of Jeurys Familia (43 saves, 1.85 ERA), Tyler Clippard, and Addison Reed shoring up a bullpen that is above average and was shielded a bit due to nice starts by the rotation down the stretch. The ability to use a pitcher like Bartolo Colon out of the bullpen in long relief is a nice safety blanket.
What can you say? Daniel Murphy has been out of his offensive mind in this post-season including a steak of home runs that would never be expected from a guy with a career high 14 home runs this year. The rest of the offense has been good enough but not great. Luckily for the Mets they have some real lights out starting pitching that took care of potent offenses in this post-season. Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Matt Harvey have been impressive all with ERAs under 3.00 this post-season. Nothing is bothering them right now and they are collectively going deep into games resting a solid bullpen. This can be a deadly combination in any series. They will all be rested but the question is whether or not that rest is a good thing considering how well they were playing as a collective.