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World Series gets started with Harvey vs. Volquez in Game 1

Oct 27, 2015, 4:09 PM EDT

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WORLD SERIES GAME 1: NEW YORK METS AT KANSAS CITY ROYALS

Series: 0-0
Where: Kaufmann Stadium, Kansas City
Gametime: 8:00 p.m.
TV: FOX
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Chance of rain, 52 degrees, wind 2 mph
Starting pitchers: NYM RHP Matt Harvey (13-8, 2.71 ERA) / KCR RHP Edinson Volquez (13-9, 3.55 ERA)

The 2015 World Series gets started on Tuesday night in Kansas City and, man, do we have a good one. In one corner you have the upstart New York Mets with the best young pitching staff in recent memory and the hottest hitter on the planet. In the other you have the Kansas City Royals, who were last October’s breakout team and now have World Series experience to pull from. Whoever wins this will be crowned champions for the first time in decades, as the Mets last won in 1986 and the Royals in 1985.

The two teams have very different strengths with the Mets holding a significant advantage in starting pitching. Their rotation so far has held an impeccable 2.65 ERA in the playoffs. The Royals, on the other hand, have seen their starters post a 5.56 ERA and their staff overall sit at 4.41.

Both teams have been hot on offense this postseason with the Royals averaging 5.73 runs per game and the Mets 4.78. The shoulder injury of Yoenis Cespedes, however, presents a huge wild card for the Mets, as their lineup is dramatically different when he is swinging it well.

Matt Harvey will start Game 1 for the Mets and Edinson Volquez will take the mound for Kansas City. Harvey has allowed only four earned runs with 16 strikeouts across 12 2/3 innings in two playoff starts. Volquez has given up eight earned runs in 16 2/3 innings in three outings this postseason.

For more on the World Series, here is a preview from Tim Murray and I on ‘Baseball in the District:’

  1. sec112 - Oct 27, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Why I’m rooting for the Mets

    1. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. When Sandy Alderson took over as Mets GM, he said he planned to follow the Nats model – drafting young pitchers, signing an occasional symbolic free agent (Granderson) and filling in with veterans. He did that – apparently better than we did.
    2. Though they are clearly our rival now, we have yet to have any incidents with them like the Hamels-Harper incident or the McCann incidents, and their fans, while obnoxious by virtue of being New Yorkers, are not entitled in any way.
    3. David Wright – because – David Wright
    4. And really, with Mejia out, they don’t have an obvious hateable player.
    5. Yankee fans – nothing – and I mean nothing (including a Red Sox win) makes Yankee fans more unhappy than a Mets win. And as a rule, what makes Yankees fans unhappy, makes me happy!
    6. NL East – maybe we’re not so bad after all.
    7. NL – have to root for real baseball teams.
    8. History – past performance suggests that once they win a World Series, they’ll go away (recall that the dominating 86 team never won again).

    So – for now anyway – Lets go Mets!

    • Susanfaulkner - Oct 27, 2015 at 8:38 PM

      Agree with you on number 5 for sure!! I’m also happy its not the Cards or Giants this year. Sick of them every other year for the past five. Well I actually agree on all except I don’t like Matt Harvey. He’s full of himself. I like Degrom and Thor. Can’t root though can’t do it.

    • ArVAFan - Oct 27, 2015 at 8:45 PM

      Booing Scherzer after the no-hitter turned me off to their fan base. I mean really: they’d already won the division, they got to see something historic. They don’t have to cheer, but booing seemed more obnoxious than called for–even for NY.

      Anyway, I hope the Series goes 7 games so the Mets pitchers wear out their arms. Not injured, just, well, tired. So they wear down in Aug/Sept 2016. Just thinking ahead.

      But I’m with you on the history. Here’s to silver linings.

      • Susanfaulkner - Oct 27, 2015 at 9:11 PM

        New Yorkers fans are awful. I don’t remember which team were playing the Rangers (NHL) and someone on the team got hurt and the Ranger fans were cheering. What kind of people cheer for someone being hurt? I have teams I don’t like in all sports but I hope I wouldn’t do that.

      • Nats Fan Zee - Oct 28, 2015 at 8:47 AM

        Susanfaulkner said “New Yorkers fans are awful” …. That just is not so … Unless you are talking about Yankee fans who attend Met games. Also, the Mets real fan base were at the park over the past few years when they stank up the place … Those fans are real baseball fans. Notice the attendance rise when the Mets are winners? THOSE are the “fans” you don’t care for and guess what? Neither do devoted Mets fans.

        It gets even worse in years that the Mets contend and the Yankees are out of it early. Nothing a disgruntled Yankee fan likes more than to attend a Met game under the guise of going to see the “opposition” (because they can’t stand The Mets or any other non-Yankee team) wearing an old Jeater jersey yelling “Wright, you suck!” All game long. Imagine if we has the pleasure of the O’s right across town in a typical Nats successful, O’s out of it year … Ah ha, now you get it!

        Mets fans don’t have a “thing” for the Nats. Perhaps so in time but not now. Want to know who the Met fans do have a thing for? The Phillies and the Braves …. Imagine that?

        Having said all that I would much rather be @ Nats park watching the WS than watching it on TV but it’s not the Mets fault … The blame for that resides at 1500 S Capitol St SE executive offices. The Mets made some bets and won … I tip my hat to them or as I say to my family and friends in NY, “Enjoy the experience …. Long time coming. Besides, this is your last good year!”.

        Let’s go Nats

      • adcwonk - Oct 28, 2015 at 9:47 AM

        Susanfaulkner – Oct 27, 2015 at 9:11 PM

        New Yorkers fans are awful. I don’t remember which team were playing the Rangers (NHL)

        Judging Mets fans by NY’s _hockey_ fans isn’t necessarily so sound. (Not only does a different sport attract a different crowd, but, for all we know, most Rangers fans are Yankees fans — as both teams are much older than the Mets and, say, Islanders).

        Mets fans, imho, are fine. Even more so if you compare them to fans from other teams in our division.

        Yes, Philly and Atlanta, I’m looking at you!

    • natslive - Oct 27, 2015 at 9:15 PM

      Disagree with number 7 – KC would be right at home in the NL

      • natslive - Oct 27, 2015 at 9:15 PM

        And go Royals!

      • sec112 - Oct 27, 2015 at 9:33 PM

        Reasonable point – KC is probably closest thing AL has to an NL style team.

    • Section 222 - Oct 27, 2015 at 11:39 PM

      Well put 112. I find myself rooting for the Royals, at least for now, but your list is convincing.

      What a game tonight! Even without the Nats, postseason baseball is awesome!

    • natsfan1a - Oct 28, 2015 at 8:07 AM

      I do like David Wright but, as noted in a prior post, I’ve discovered that I am not wired to root for a division opponent in the playoffs. Evidently I am just not wired that way.

      Was kind of glad to see that they walked it off the juicer Colon as well.

      • natsfan1a - Oct 28, 2015 at 8:07 AM

        Evidently I need more coffee as well. More coffee as well.

        I’ve discovered that I am not wired to root for a division opponent in the playoffs. Evidently I am just not wired that way.

  2. Mrsb loves the Nats - Oct 27, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    This has been an awesome game. Hoping the Royals walk off…. with Hosmer being the one to do it

    • Joe Seamhead - Oct 27, 2015 at 11:47 PM

      Agreed! Great Game 1!

    • Susanfaulkner - Oct 28, 2015 at 12:02 AM

      If the Mets lose is Flores going to cry?

    • adcwonk - Oct 28, 2015 at 9:44 AM

      Mrsb loves the Nats – Oct 27, 2015 at 11:34 PM

      This has been an awesome game. Hoping the Royals walk off…. with Hosmer being the one to do it

      Incredible call!!!!

    • fpa4356 - Oct 28, 2015 at 1:44 PM

      Mrsb, you nailed it !

  3. Section 222 - Oct 27, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Not sure where the Nats stand in this ranking, but it can’t be good.

  4. Joe Seamhead - Oct 28, 2015 at 12:09 AM

    Wow! Great catch by Granderson!

  5. Susanfaulkner - Oct 28, 2015 at 12:40 AM

    Does that guy know the Marlins aren’t in this? He has worn that jersey every game. Haha

  6. tcostant - Oct 28, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    Mets handed Harvey the lead and he couldn’t hold it, that is no ace.

    • bowdenball - Oct 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM

      Shutdown Fun Fact: In three postseason starts, Matt Harvey has yet to equal the postseason start of Ross Detwiler, the man who replaced Stephen Strasburg in the rotation in 2012.

      My point is not that the Nats were right and the Mets were wrong. MY point is that the decision really isn’t that important. The postseason sample size is too small and there are far too many other factors that go into the results of a single start and ultimately whether a team wins or loses. So if you’re one of the people who still gets hung on 2012 and wonders “what if?”, relax. Strasburg’s presence probably wouldn’t have mattered at all, and if it did it was as likely to hurt the Nats as help them.

  7. natsfan1a - Oct 28, 2015 at 8:04 AM

    Just watched the rest of the game. Well, at least the rest of the game that I recorded. Didn’t bracket long enough, so it only got me through the 12th. Did find online video of the winning play, so there’s that. Anyway, that was a great game. Atta way, Royals. Atta way.

    • Joe Seamhead - Oct 28, 2015 at 9:03 AM

      It was a great game! Also, the play at the plate when the winning run scored was closer than it looked at first glance, as it was a force play at the plate so there was no need to tag the runner.

      • adcwonk - Oct 28, 2015 at 9:42 AM

        The postseason sample size is too small…

        You can say that again! And repeat it 100 more times. And it applies to pitchers, hitters, teams, winning streaks, etc etc.

        E.g., take a look at some of the prior World Series MVP’s — some of them were Hall of Famers, but a bunch were guys who were average, and got on a hot streak at the right time. Donn Clendenon? Pat Borders?

      • adcwonk - Oct 28, 2015 at 9:43 AM

        Also, the play at the plate when the winning run scored was closer than it looked at first glance, as it was a force play at the plate so there was no need to tag the runner.

        Up too late last night? 😉 It was a sac fly — not a force play

      • Joe Seamhead - Oct 28, 2015 at 10:41 AM

        I’m a dolt.I was pretty blurry eyed at the end, but I have no idea what I was thinking.

  8. Joe Seamhead - Oct 28, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    My bad, Wonk.

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