The World Series is heating up; Kansas City leading 2-0
The World Series is underway and what a face off it is. Granted the Kansas City Royals are already up 2 wins to the New York Mets 0, doesn’t mean we don’t have a decent matchup on our hands. It probably helped the Royals to have home field advantage but with these two games under the World Series belt the group heads to New York to see what can happen there
The Mets are making their fifth appearance in the World Series. They won in 1969 against the Baltimore Orioles and 1986 against the Boston Red Sox. On the losing side in1973 against the Oakland Athletics and 2000 against the New York Yankees. The Mets qualified for the postseason by winning their sixth division title in the National League East. In addition, the Mets have made World Series appearances in all but one of their six decades of existence. This means winning in 1969 and 1986, losing in 1973 and 2000, and not appearing in any that were played during the 1990s. This is also Terry Collins' (Mets manager) first World Series appearance.
The Royals are making their second consecutive appearance in the World Series, both under Ned Yost, and fourth overall. They won the World Series in 1985 against the St. Louis Cardinals and lost their two other appearances in 1980 against the Philadelphia Phillies and 2014 against the San Francisco Giants. The Royals qualified for the postseason by winning the American League Central, their seventh division title and their first outside of the American League West. They faced the Houston Astros in the ALDS winning in five games. They followed that up in the ALCS, beating the Toronto Blue Jays in six games. By winning the ALCS, the Royals became the first team since the Texas Rangers in 2010 and 2011 to play in consecutive World Series.