It’s that time of the year again. The World Series is upon us. Regardless of the winner, the New York Mets-Kansas City Royals showdown will usher in a new era in baseball after years of dominance by the Boston Red Sox, the San Francisco Giants, the St Louis Cardinals and the New York Yankees.
The 111th edition of the World Series kicks off with Game 1 on Tuesday at the Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Odd makers are undecided. The Westgate Las Vegas Superbook has given both teams -110 odds to end the title draught. Clearly, there are no favorites going into the seven-game series.
Mets last won a World Series in 1986. Royals did so in 1985. In fact, the Mets made the playoffs this year for the first time in nine seasons, before winning their first National League pennant in 15 years. The Royals will enter their second World Series in a row after losing 4-3 to the Giants last year.
The spotlight is firmly on Mets superstar Daniel Murphy, who is in the middle of a historic run.
Dave Eiland, the Royals pitching coach, is examining videos to try and stop Murphy. “I’ve got some notes taken down and we’ve had some scouts on them, so I’ll get with them,” Eiland said on Sunday. “I’ll probably watch 50 or 60 hours of video the next three days. I’ll approach it like I’ve approached every other team this year; we’re going to turn our power guys loose on them just like they’re going to turn their power guys loose against us. It should be fun,” added Eiland.
The Royals batters have their work cut out against the Mets pitching trio of Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard – who decimated Dodgers and Cubs batters during National League playoffs. “It’s a cliché, but in baseball you focus one pitch at a time,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Sunday. “You have to be prepared to take advantage of a mistake and keep playing; stay mentally focused and tough-minded, which our guys are.”
“Baseball is funny; anything can happen. It’s going to be an incredible challenge,” said Moore.
Meanwhile, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon made a friendly wager over the World Series on Sunday. If the Mets win the series, Nixon will wear a Mets jersey to work for a full day. If the Royals end the drought, Cuomo will do the same wearing a Royals jersey. Game On!