There’s nothing more the Mets can do about it now, as they get ready for their fifth World Series appearance. Manager Terry Collins has his guys; so let’s see how they measure up against Kansas City:
Mets: Lucas Duda is notoriously streaky, but hit 57 homers with 165 RBI the past two seasons. He struggled in the first two rounds to the point of wondering whether to sit him in Game 4 of the NLCS, but he broke out with a big game.
Royals: Initially noted for defense, two-time Gold Glove winner Eric Hosmer hit .297 this season with career highs in RBI (93) and runs scored (98).
Mets: Daniel Murphy established a career high this season with 14 homers, then added seven in the postseason, including in each of his last six games. He hit .421 with 11 RBI in the playoffs. Can he maintain this unconscious pace?
Royals: Once on the Mets’ radar, Ben Zobrist is the personification of steady. He replaced Omar Infante and hit .325 with two homers in the ALCS.
Mets: Wilmer Flores was traded in July only to have the deal for Carlos Gomez pulled. His tears that day made him into a cult figure. He has limits on defense, but hit 16 homers.
Royals: Murphy is hot, but so is Alcides Escobar with 17 postseason hits out of the leadoff position. The book on him is he likes to swing early, so the first pitch doesn’t have to be all that good.
Mets: David Wright missed nearly five months this season with a strained hamstring and spinal stenosis, and has been inconsistent in his return. Wright was a miserable 1-for-16 in the NLDS, but started to show signs of offensive life against the Cubs.
Royals: Mike Moustakas improved offensively this year, but like Wright struggled in the playoffs. However, he hit a key homer in Game 6 of the ALCS.
Mets: Injured early on, Travis d’Arnaud had a strong second half at the plate and hit three homers in the playoffs. He’s getting better defensively, but still has work to do.
Royals: Salvador Perez made his third straight All-Star appearance this summer and should win the Gold Glove. Perez only had three hits in the ALCS against Toronto, but two were homers.
Mets: Let’s face it; the Mets probably aren’t here without making the July 31 trade for Yoenis Cespedes, who hit 17 homers for them. However, Cespedes needed a cortisone injection for a sore left shoulder at the end of the NLCS.
Royals: Alex Gordon was a star last season, but a groin injury limited him to 104 games this year.
Mets: Juan Lagares won the Gold Glove last season, but struggles offensively, especially against right-handed pitching. He’s playing in Kansas City because of the designated hitter.
Royals: Lorenzo Cain scored the go-ahead run from first base on a single in the ALCS. In addition to his speed, Cain added 16 homers to his .307 average and 28 steals. He’s probably caused d’Arnaud to toss-and-turn the past few nights.
Mets: Curtis Granderson was thrust into the leadoff role on Opening Day and thrived with 91 walks, a .364 on-base percentage, 26 homers with 70 RBI. He’s probably the Mets’ MVP.
Royals: Alex Rios never became the star projected of him, but is batting .368 in the playoffs.
Mets: Collins opted for the veteran Kelly Johnson over Michael Conforto as the DH for Game 1. However, he could play in left field if Lagares sits when the Series goes to New York. The ceiling is high for Conforto, who hit nine homers with 26 RBI in 56 games. The Mets also have right-handed hitting Michael Cuddyer and hope Juan Uribe will be activated.
Royals: Kendrys Morals is another whom the Mets considered at one time. He hit 22 homers with 106 RBI during the regular season.
Mets: Everybody raves about the Mets’ young starters, and with good reason: They throw smoke, are poised and love the spotlight. They also have reasonable contracts. Matt Harvey (13-8, 2.71) will start Game 1, followed by Jacob deGrom (14-8, 2.54), Noah Syndergaard (9-7, 3.24) and Steven Matz) 4-0, 2.27). Their combined 147 career regular-season starts is the fewest for a World Series rotation.
Royals: Yordana Ventura had a breakout postseason in 2014, but seems to have regressed. In a word, he’s inconsistent. The Mets know Edinson Volquez and Johnny Cueto from their days in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, respectively. And, No. 4 starter is former Met Chris Young.
Mets: Closer Jeurys Familia won the job when Jenrry Mejia was suspended for PEDs. In 76 games, Familia had 43 saves and 1.85 ERA. The bridge to Familia was constructed in late-season trades for Addison Reed and Tyler Clippard. Both have been shaky, and arguably the strongest middle-reliever has been veteran starter Bartolo Colon.
Royals: As with Familia, Wade Davis won the Royals’ closing job by circumstance, an injury to Greg Holland. Kansas City’s bullpen is deep and reliable with Luke Hochevar, Ryan Madson, Kelvin Herrera, Danny Duffy and Franklin Morales.
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