This is a Baltimore baseball bar. There’s never been bunting around here.
We’re all about three-run homers and not-so-subtle jokes.
We’re also about predicting the outcome of the World Series – which, frankly, will always be my favorite event to cover and watch. Nothing comes close for me.
I’ve been on the Kansas City Royals’ train since the postseason began, and I’m not switching now. But I have plenty of company this time around.
A couple weeks ago we asked you for your predictions for the championship series and World Series. I gave mine, as did fellow Sun baseball writer Eduardo A. Encina and Sun columnist Peter Schmuck.
Ed and Pete struck out on both ends, predicting the Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago Cubs to be in the October (November) Classic. I had the Royals topping the Cubs for the championship – but we all discounted the Mets and their impressive starting pitching. That seems to be the case this time around, too.
We’ve also pulled in Sun sports editor Ron Fritz and baseball editor Josh Land. As you can see, the Royals are the heavy favorites among Sun baseball guys – maybe it’s an American League bias.
Anyway, take a look at our thoughts and then give us your prediction for World Series champion and the number of games in which they clinch. You can also throw in your pick for World Series MVP. I’m going with KC outfielder Alex Gordon as he cruises into his free-agent year on a high note.
Dan: I think the Royals’ roster is the best constructed for playoff baseball. They can hit, pitch, run, smash homers and play defense. They also have a shutdown bullpen that requires only five or six innings out of their solid but unspectacular rotation. The New York Mets have better starting pitching, but the Royals have unfinished business. Royals in 6 games.
Ed: The Mets' sparkling starting pitching will keep them in the series, but these Royals have been here before. No lead is ever safe against Kansas City and the Royals' resiliency -- as well as their ability to shorten games because of their bullpen -- will be the difference in the series. Royals in 7 games.
Pete: If the Mets could guarantee that their young pitchers still have enough left in the tank to get through a long series, they would be the team to beat. Instead, this World Series will come down to the bullpens and the Royals have proven for the last two years that the late innings belong to them. Royals in 5 games.
Ron: Having gained experience in losing last year's World Series, Kansas City knows what it takes to win this year. The Mets are solid, but I'm not sure they have enough offense to capture this series. They are also counting heavily on young pitchers. I like the Royals' lineup from top to bottom. Royals in 6 games.
Josh: The Mets have the pitching to stifle anyone, and the Royals have the well-rounded roster that got this far a year ago. While the Mets offense vastly improved down the stretch and in the playoffs and the Royals' postseason pitching stats won't wow anyone (thanks to the Blue Jays), the edge goes to big-game experience. Royals in 6 games.
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