Experience, Bullpen & Home Field Prompts MLB Pick on Royals in 7

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, October 25, 2015 3:46 PM GMT

Our MLB capper breaks down several categories pertaining to the 2015 World Series. Join us in reading this betting preview which culminates with his series winning MLB pick.

2015 World Series Futures
Weather permitting the 2015 World Series is scheduled to get under way on Tuesday between the Mets and Royals. The first pitch at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City is slated for 8:00 PM ET. The current (10/24) MLB betting odds at BetOnline indicates that the Mets are -117 and the Royals -103 to win this 2015 “Fall Classic”.

 

Starting Pitching
This is one area where the Mets possess a decided advantage. The rotation of Matt Harvey, Jacob DeGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Steven Matz are an outstanding young quartet. They will be a formidable challenge for not only Kansas City, but all opponents for many years to come.

The Royals rotation of Johnny Cueto, Yordano Ventura, Edinson Volquez, and Chris Young is a very good one. However, they’ve lacked the type of consistency that their World Series starting pitching adversaries have displayed.
Edge: Mets

 

Bullpens
The Mets bullpen has been solid all season. Unfortunately, compared to the Royals relievers, they fall considerably short from an advantage standpoint. If Kansas City has the lead after 6.0 innings, they’ve been virtually unbeatable due to a dominating backend of their bullpen.
Edge: Royals

 

Hitting
Kansas City doesn’t possess the type of power that American League teams like Toronto, Houston, or the New York Yankees has. Despite that shortcoming, they’re still one of the best hitting teams in baseball. Additionally, they’re overall team speed puts a lot of pressure on opposing pitchers and defenses. The Mets batting order does enough to win, and especially when you combine that with their outstanding pitching. They have be more productive than they’ve shown during this postseason
Edge: Royals

 

Intangibles
Despite how talented and dominating the Mets postseason starting pitching rotation has been, they don’t have any World Series experience. The Royals pitching staff has the experience of going through last year’s thrilling World Series that went an intense seven games. You just just can’t ignore that factor. Keeping with that theme, this Royals roster as a whole had little changeover from the one that played in the 2014 World Series.
Edge: Royals

 

Final Analysis
Both of these teams have been excellent at home this year, and very average on the road. I don’t see much changing in that regard regarding during this series. I picked the Royals to win it all prior to the start of the season, and then again before the onset of postseason play. I’m sticking to my guns pertaining to those prior predictions. However, it will be far from easy. My MLB pick is on the Royals to win in seven games.

MLB Pick: Kansas City Royals win the World Series in 7.