Round Table World Series Predictions


Photo courtesy of Bryan Schwartz

It has been 29 and 30 years since the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals, respectively, won their last World Series. One of those droughts will change after this Fall Classic. A wild 2015 regular season for the Mets included everything from tears to cheers. New York arguably has four aces that helped the Mets steamroll through the rising Chicago Cubs in their NLCS sweep. They meet the defending American League champion Kansas City Royals in the 2015 World Series. Led by a relentless offense and powerful back-end of the bullpen, the Royals had the best record in the American League this season. Here are the predictions for the 2015 World Series from various Round Table writers:


Bryan Schwartz: Who would’ve ever thought that the Mets would be in position to win a World Series championship in 2015? The Mets ranked last in baseball in runs scored through July 31. That quickly changed when General Manager Sandy Alderson acquired key veteran infielders Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson, as well as slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. In the two months Cespedes has spent in Queens, he has played like the best player on the planet, putting up historic numbers. Throughout the entire year, though, the one constant for the Amazin’s has been their pitching. Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and eventually Steven Matz have made up the best starting rotation in the game. The Mets also have weapons in the late innings with the ageless Bartolo Colon, Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard and the seemingly unhittable Jeurys Familia.

On the other side of the diamond, the Royals also have a seemingly unhittable closer in Wade Davis. Let’s just say both of these teams do not want to be losing going into the ninth inning. The Royals just flat-out know how to win, regardless of whom they are playing, and have shown that throughout the regular season and postseason. From Alcides Escobar at the top of the order, to Alex Rios who hits last, almost every player in the Kansas City lineup is red-hot.

What is the one issue that Kansas City will have? All season, they have not faced the caliber of dominant pitching like the Mets will put forth. They always say good pitching beats good hitting. The Mets just have too much good (really, really good) pitching, and will win a competitive and exciting series in seven games.

Prediction: Mets win in seven games


Teddy Marantz: I think the Mets will take the World Series in six games. You might be reading this and thinking that I am crazy, but you would have also thought I was crazy if before the NLCS I said the Mets would sweep the Cubs.

After a long and winding road, the Mets have put together a run like no other. Thanks to the hot bat of Daniel Murphy and the phenomenal pitching staff that Sandy Alderson has crafted, the Mets have become a metaphorical battering ram, plowing over the Cubs in a four game sweep.

Meanwhile, the Royals are still the best team in the AL and they have proven that. They do have more experience than the Mets, which could be a factor, but the way the Amazin’s have played from pitching to hitting and all the way to running the bases, the Royals are in trouble, regardless of experience.

Prediction: Mets win in six games


Sydney Leeds: The New York Mets became a whole new team after the trade deadline. During which, they acquired slugger Yoenis Cespedes, utility man Kelly Johnson and a few other key pieces to their playoff run. Since the NLDS, the hot streak Daniel Murphy is on seems to be contagious. Even players who were cold to start the playoffs, like first baseman Lucas Duda, have begun to come alive.

Unlike the Mets, Kansas City has been alive and well all season. Coming off of an AL pennant winning year, the Royals once again put up a strong showing by playing aggressive, all-around baseball. With the experience they have from last year, the Royals can certainly take it all. They should be extra hungry after they lost last year to the Giants. The Royals have home field advantage and will get to play the first two games of the series in front of their home crowd at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals will put up a tough fight and prove tough for a Mets team that has had a wild playoff run.

Prediction: Mets win in seven games


Randy Malak: It’s been nine years since the New York Mets made it to October baseball. Obviously inexperience was not a factor in the Mets run to the World Series as they beat the Los Angeles Dodgers and rolled past the Chicago Cubs. Lights out pitching, as well as the surprising big bat of Daniel Murphy, has kept New York in a rhythm that has won them five straight.

Kansas City, on the other hand, is coming off a game seven win against a juggernaut Toronto Blue Jays lineup. This Royals team has scored four runs or more in each game of the seven-game series, including one 14-run game. In other words, their offense has been clicking of late. Now, granted, the Blue Jays pitching staff is nowhere close in comparison to the Mets flamethrower starters, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard, all three of whom pitch over 95 mph. An interesting fact is that the Kansas City Royals have the highest 2015 batting average against pitchers who throw 95 mph and over.

Working each count to 3-2 and making a pitcher work hard for each at bat has become the standard for each Kansas City Royal batter, causing pitchers to throw more pitches in fewer innings. If the Royals are able to sustain their discipline at the plate, then the New York Mets will be dependent on their mediocre bullpen.

After all the statistics are said and done there is an X-Factor that comes into play in every game with significance. Analysts look at stats and determine whether or not a player will be good or not. However, many players have slipped under the radar and have ended up on the other side of the analyst’s predictions. That player’s passion to play, his motivation that keeps him wanting to improve, is what allows him to surpass all the doubts of his abilities. Kansas City has shown their perseverance through their game seven win over Toronto, they have shown their strive for greatness and they have shown their passion for winning. The New York Mets have shown their hunger for their third World Series title however, their hopes will come to an end due to a strong Kansas City top ranked defense combined with the New York Mets inability to keep up with the constant scoring of the Kansas City Royals.

Prediction: Royals win in seven games