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2015 MLB World Series Preview

“One of the beautiful things about baseball is that every once in a while you come into a situation where you want to, and where you have to, reach down and prove something.” As once quoted by Hall of Fame pitching legend Nolan Ryan, this proverb perfectly illustrates the opportune postseason performer. Bill Mazeroski, Reggie Jackson, Kirk Gibson, Derek Jeter, David Ortiz – these postseason heroes are synonymous with “clutch” and gifted baseball with its most historical World Series moments.


In this 2015 Postseason, we are witnessing the birth of new heroes and unforgettable moments, culminating in what should be an exciting World Series. Baseball’s “featured presentation” stars two teams that have both conquered the adversity haunting their franchises for years and will look to reclaim their first Commissioner’s Trophy since the 1980s – the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets.


Another Hall of Famer, Tom Glavine once said “There’s nothing better than a team that comes out of nowhere and finds themselves in the World Series.” Accurately, the Mets are that team. The Mets’ rebuilding process has been long and frustrating, but is finally paying off. Arguably, their rotation is the team’s best since 1986 (then-fronted by Doc Gooden, Ron Darling, Bob Ojeda, and Sid Fernandez) and NLCS MVP Daniel Murphy is on a historical postseason tear, clubbing 7 homeruns (including his record-breaking six consecutive games with homeruns) against some of the game’s best pitchers.


Entering the World Series with the lowest record (90-72) among the final five NL teams is an incredible accomplishment, but the Mets are now matched with the American League’s best ballclub. The Kansas City Royals are back in their second consecutive World Series, and look to redeem their discouraging loss to the San Francisco Giants. After claiming their fourth pennant at the disposal of the Toronto Blue Jays, the Royals are being heavily-revered as the favorites to win the series. The team’s hitting chemistry is unmatched with a postseason team average of .271 and a leading total of 58 RBIs, proving that they hit when it truly matters. Along with their “never say die” attitude (such as their ALDS Game 6 comeback), the Royals can certainly take the crown. However, great pitching can always outmatch great hitting.


KIRS Predicts… an AMAZIN’ World Series that will award the New York Mets their third championship in franchise history. Although there will be pandemonium in the Big Apple, Royals’ fans will be disheartened once again by dropping the series-clinching Game 6 in Kaufmann Stadium. Both Citi Field and the “K” will experience one walk-off win each. Jacob deGrom will dominate (or shall we say, “deGrominate”) Royals’ bats for Game 2 and Game 6, winning the series’ MVP Award. Despite an unprecedented start to his postseason, Daniel Murphy will crush only one more homerun, but it will be against another formidable ace – Johnny Cueto. Overall, baseball’s 111th Fall Classic will indeed be a classic and a guaranteed “must-see” matchup in professional sports.


TV Schedule for the 2015 World Series

Game 1 – October 27th at 8:00 PM EST on FOX

Game 2 – October 28th at 8:00 PM EST on FOX

Game 3 – October 30th at 8:00 PM EST on FOX

Game 4 – October 31st at 8:00 PM EST on FOX

Game 5 – November 1st at 8:00 PM EST on FOX (if necessary)

Game 6 – November 3rd at 8:00 PM EST on FOX (if necessary)

Game 7 – November 4th at 8:00 PM EST on FOX (if necessary)

Rich Rivera will turn heads claiming to be a "baseball historian" (jokingly, of course) but the Staten Island native certainly knows his stuff. Since opening up his first pack of 2003 Upper Deck Baseball cards, Rich has been in love with the game. He is an avid fan of the New York Yankees and considers Mariano Rivera (whose unfortunately a non-relative) his all-time favorite athlete. Rich is a graduate of St. John's University, earning his degree in Communication Arts with dreams of becoming an on-air broadcaster for MLB. Currently, Rich serves as the Show Day Coordinator for "CenterStage with Michael Kay" (where he's even made a few brief cameos) at YES Network. He can be heard on the It's Your Radio variety program, "Hit Talkers" every Tuesday night from 8PM to 10PM EST. Rich is also a professional wrestling enthusiast, a theater junkie, and enjoys his weekend mornings as a player-manager for his softball team. Follow Rich on Twitter and Instagram: @RichJRivera

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