The World Series gets underway Tuesday night with Game 1 between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals. Just because the Braves aren't involved this season doesn't mean we won't be watching. With that in mind we thought it might be a fun idea to get predictions from the Talking Chop staff to see who they think will win this year's World Series.
Garrett Spain - Mets in five
It's all about the pitching for this one. The Mets rotation will prove superior to the Royals throughout the series. The only question is the lack of experience for the Mets team, but I don't see this as a problem. It also helps that the team (ahem, Daniel Murphy) is on fire right now. While Murphy won't repeat his NLCS performance I expect David Wright to step up and further endear himself to the fans. While I hate to say it, it's going to be all Mets this year.
Eric Cole - Mets in seven
This is an extremely difficult series to predict in my mind. The Royals have been consistently very good all year and showed a lot of poise through the playoffs to get back to the World Series for the second year running. The Mets jumped on the back of their dynamic young pitching staff and good-enough offense buoyed by the trade deadline acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes. Their run from the latter third of the season to now has been a sight to behold. I have gone back and forth on it and ultimately I just think the Mets pitching will be too much. Being able to run out Harvey, then deGrom, then Syndergaard, and then you still have Matz to contend with is a great recipe to win a long series especially with the emergence of Familia in the bullpen. I love Johnny Cueto, but I'm not sure he is completely healthy and he is just one man. I won't me surprised if the Royals do win it as they have last year's experience to guide them a bit, but I will take the Mets in 7 in what should be a great series.
Tony Almeyda - Mets in five
Ventura might get the only win for KC in this series. The Mets' rotation is simply better; no way the Royals beat Harvey or deGrom twice. Plus, Daniel Murphy is en fuego.
Demetrius Bell - Mets in 6 or 7
As much as it pains me to say this, the Mets are probably going to win the World Series. Their pitching staff is going to be too much for the Royals to handle. It'll be a long series (probably 6 or 7 because of the fact that the Royals will probably steal a game or two that they have absolutely no business winning) but the Mets will have the pitching prowess to prevail.
Carlos Collazo - Mets in six
Well, my heart tells me to take the Royals, but my mind is shouting for me to take the Mets. I think we've known for a long time that this New York rotation would be a nightmare to run into during a postseason series, and they've performed even better than I (and probably most other people) would have expected. When John Smoltz says that this rotation is better than the one he was apart of with the Braves in the 1990s, you know it's real.
As nice as it would be to see Kansas City sweep the Mets in four games, it's just not going to happen. And I'd be shocked if the Mets lost this series as well. The Royals rotation just doesn't compare, and while their hitters have found success by putting the ball in play at the best rate in the MLB and striking out the least, they haven't yet come across this kind of pitching in back-to-back-to-back-to-back games.
On top of all the rational arguments I've laid out above, Daniel Murphy is playing like he's possessed by the baseball gods and who knows how long that's going to continue. Even without this Murphy 2.0, I'd take the Mets. With him? No chance Royals fans... No chance. But I'll be right there with you rooting against them.
Kyle Parmley - Mets in six
The Mets are going to take the World Series in six games. The ability to send a starter to the mound capable of completely neutralizing an opposing offense is crucial in October, and New York can do it EVERY game.
Scott Coleman - Mets in six
I'll take the Mets in six as the Royals have their hearts broken for the second year in a row. deGrom, Harvey and Syndergaard are on a different level right now and should pitch two games each. I just can't see Kansas City winning 4 out of 7 against that trio, and it's not like Matz and Bartolo are chopped liver, either. Daniel Murphy continues his amazing October and is named MVP.
Brad Rowland - Mets in six
In short, New York's pitching is just too much in this spot, even with the relative youth that is involved. The Royals play a brand of baseball that has certainly worked in the postseason over the last two seasons, but they are running into a buzzsaw with New York's young pitching, and not even the voodoo magic of Ned Yost can defeat dominant pitching when it is right. Give me the Mets, even if I don't like to say that out loud.
Ivan the Great - Mets in six
Royals don't have the pitching to match up, and that will lead to them losing two in a row at some point, which will put them on the back foot and let Terry Collins use his strong starters as relievers to seal the series at some point. Also, Daniel Murphy will hit 17 home runs per plate appearance, because Daniel Murphy.
Kris Willis - Royals in seven
I will be the oddball of the group. I understand that the Mets are the overwhelming favorite, but there is just something about this Royals team that makes me think it might be their year. Kansas City needs to take care of business at home and put the pressure on the Mets from the beginning. New York's pitching depth will be hard to overcome, but I think this Royals team is just scrappy enough to pull off the upset.