Yes indeed the 2015 MLB World Series has finally arrived, and “Back to the Future II” had it wrong. The Chicago Cubs will not be celebrating in the streets after they won the World Series on October 21, 2015 because on that day they instead were eliminated from the National League Championship Series by the somehow someway simply “amazing” New York Mets, who will be making their first World Series appearance since 2000. Not all hope should be lost on the Cubs though. Under first year manager Joe Maddon, Chicago went 97-65 in the regular season, which is astounding considering they have not finished above .500 since 2009 when they finished 83-78 but still missed the playoffs. There is a lot to be said about this year’s Cubs team, primarily, they have an abundance of youth that will be returning to their roster next season. Jake Arrieta proved to be a potential ace in their starting rotation after having a nearly untouchable second half to the season finishing with 22 wins and an ERA of just 1.77. The only National League pitcher who could beat out Arrieta for the Cy Young is L.A. Dodgers ace Zack Greinke, who although only came up with 19 wins, had a dominating performance start to finish with a 1.66 ERA going into the post season. Unfortunately for the Cubs, the Mets struck fire at just the right time and swept their way into the fall classic.
For the Mets, their season really began at the trade deadline when they acquired Yoenis Cespedes from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for 2 pitching prospects. To go along with the fire power of Cespedes entering the lineup, the Mets had one of the best rotations in all of baseball this season. The names Jacob deGrom, Noah “Thor” Syndergaard, Matt “The Dark Knight” Harvey, Steven Matz, Jon Neise, and Batrolo Colon will long live in the history of this season’s and post season’s successes. However, the biggest story for the post season was the resurgence and new found power hitting of infielder Daniel Murphy. Murphy has now set a Major League record for hitting a homerun in 6 straight post season games!
Representing the American League, with a sealing the deal victory on Thursday, will be the Kansas City Royals who are looking to avenge last season’s heart breaking Game 7 loss in the World Series to the San Francisco Giants. What the Royals bring to the series this go-around is consistent overpowering offense and a bullpen going into the last 2 games against the Blue Jays had pitched in 17 innings in the series and only allowed 3 runs. Coming into the World Series, the bullpen will be one of the biggest factors in the Royals success or failure. Kansas City finished the regular season with an A.L. best record 95-67.
The storylines are there. Can the Mets finish by being simply amazing yet again, or can the Royals avenge heartbreak.