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After enduring a rain delay and a late Toronto comeback, the Royals finally punched their second consecutive World Series ticket last night. Kansas City now has a few days to rest before the World Series kicks off on Tuesday.
The Royals haven’t won since 1985. The Mets won it last in ’86. It’s going to be a wild series.
If by wild you mean intense pitcher’s duels, then you’re in for a series. Both teams have been electric on the mound this postseason, but not in the same way. The young starters of the Mets willed them through the NL playoffs, while the dominating bullpen of the Royals shortened games for them throughout the season.
While the pitchers will make the headlines, the most important player in the series won’t be on a mound. Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes, whose arrival sparked the Mets mid-season success, is dealing with a shoulder injury. He received a cortisone injection Friday, and is expected to play in Game One. But for those with betting minds, the shoulder is huge.
Even is Cespedes is at fifty percent, I’m still going with the Mets. While their bullpen isn’t as strong as KC, they have enough in Colon and Familia to keep the game in check. And if it were my money, there’s no way I’m betting against Daniel Murphy right now.
Series Odds: Mets -110, Royals -120
Prediction: Mets in six