Will the Mets make it three World Series?

After an exciting MLB Postseason, the 111th World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets will get under way at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Royals will have home-field advantage for four of the best-of-seven series thanks to the American League's win in the All-Star Game back in July.


Kansas City will be making their second consecutive appearance in the World Series, and their fourth overall.

Historically, there's not been too much to celebrate, however, losing to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1980 and to the San Francisco Giants last year.

Their only World Series triumph to date came against the St Louis Cardinals in 1985.

The Mets, meanwhile, are appearing in their fifth World Series, the most by an expansion franchise, but their first since their loss to cross-town rivals the New York Yankees in 2000.

New York can boast two World Series wins, beating the Baltimore Orioles in 1969 and the Boston Red Sox in 1986, while they lost to the Oakland Athletics in 1973.

The 2015 season

New York sealed qualification for the Postseason by winning the National League East, their sixth division title, by seven games over the Washington Nationals.

They then faced NL West winner the LA Dodgers in the Division Series and needed all five games to clinch the series. Next, Daniel Murphy homered in each game of a four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs in the Championship Series.

The Royals sealed their seventh division crown by cruising to the American League Central title, finishing 12 games ahead of the Minnesota Twins.

They then won the ALDS in five games against the Houston Astros, before beating the Toronto Blue Jays in six games in the Championship Series.


The Mets have had one of the hottest offenses in the MLB since the trade deadline. Yeonis Cespedis is expected to feature, despite leaving Game 4 of the NLCS with a left shoulder problem.

And with David Wright and Travis d'Arnaud both returning from the disabled list, added to Daniel Murphy's recent form, New York have a pretty formidable line-up for the World Series.

The Royals, meanwhile, have a line-up filled with tough outs and have the ability string together a couple of hits, steal bases and, in the case of Lorenzo Cain, the neat option of scoring from first on a single.

Ben Zobrist and Alex Gordon will be added to Kansas City's line-up for the World Series, while they will be hopeful Alcides Escobar can continue his improved form.

As usual, the American League will be at a disadvantage going into the games at Citi Field, due to losing the Designated Hitter and Kendrys Morales is the one expected to be benched once the games move to the NL Park, despite his four homers and 10 RBIs in the playoffs.


The New York Mets undoubtedly have the edge over the Kansas City Royals when it comes to starting rotations.

Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard have been showcasing their quality all season and will start the first three games in that order, while Steven Matz will pitch game four.

Edinson Volquez will start Game 1 for the Royals, followed by Johnny Cueto in Game 2. Yordano Ventura will start Game 3 at Citi Field on Friday, followed by Chris Young in Game 4.


While the Mets have the advantage when it comes to starters, things look a little better for the Royals when it comes to their bullpen.

They may have lost Greg Holland to Tommy John surgery, but Wade Davis has proven he can go multiple innings to close a game, while Kelvin Herrera is of similar quality. Ryan Madson has also had a good season, even if he looked a bit shaky in Game 6 of the ALCS.

For the Mets, Jeurys Familia has yet to give up a run and has looked impressive in the playoffs, but the options beyond him are a little dicey. Expect Syndergaard to make at least one relief appearance at some point.


Overall, the 2015 World Series is very evenly matched and it should be a fairly close affair over the next week.

However, it is hard to look past the Mets' solid starting rotation, which has proved hard to get past this season.

New York Mets to win their third World Series in Game 6.

Chris Vermeulen