Why the Mets will meet the challenge

Jahvon Graham, Reporter


The New York Mets are four wins away from the dream season its fans have all been waiting for. That’s right, the New York Mets have made it to the World Series for the first time in 15 years.

29 years removed from their last World Series win, the Mets will look to raise their third World Series banner in franchise history.

Coming into the season, nobody thought that the Mets could win the National League East with the talented Washington Nationals atop the division, let alone the National League Pennant.

All season long they rode their talented young pitchers. They jumped out to an impressive 13-3 record to start the season, but of course that success didn’t last. They found themselves losing games when they had tremendous pitching performances because they couldn’t score runs. They treaded water until reinforcements came along – namely, Yoenis Cespedes.

Before the acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes from the Detroit Tigers, the Mets were a mere 53-50. After the acquisition they compiled a record of 37-22. Their offense seemed to rise from the dead once Cespedes touched down in the Big Apple.

From April to the end of July, the Mets were dead last in team average (.234), OPS (.662), and runs per game (3.5). From August on, they were first in the National League in all the aforementioned categories, pushing the Mets into the postseason.

The New York Mets will defeat the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. The young pitchers the Mets have leaned on all year won’t fail them now. They have come too far to let the dream slip from right in front of them.

The Mets have four power arms that can dominate a game any given night. Collectively, the Mets starters have an ERA of 2.65 while the Royals starters post an ERA almost a full three points higher at 5.56.

The Kansas City Royals have a dominant bullpen. But if you don’t have the lead to hand to your bullpen, then that won’t be a factor in deciding the game.

The Mets have a dominant closer in their arsenal as well. His name, Jeurys Familia. If the Mets can get their starters through the seventh inning, I’m sure you will see Jeurys Familia for a six-out save. Familia has only recorded one six-out save in his career and it came this postseason.

Their last six postseason games, the Mets have allowed a total of just 13 runs. The Royals have allowed a total of 26. The four young aces, Jacob DeGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz, neutralized the power bats of the Chicago Cubs, sweeping the series four games to none.

The Royals, although they won their series against the Toronto Blue Jays four games to two, did anything but neutralize their bats.

When you have great pitching on the mound, your offense doesn’t have to put up a ton of runs to be successful. This postseason, the Mets have faced many high-caliber pitching teams. In the National League Division they went up against Clayton Kershaw along with Zach Greinke and beat them both. In the National League Championship Series they faced Jake Arrieta along with John Lester and they beat them both.

The Royals have a collective team ERA of 4.41 this postseason. The Royals projected starters aren’t on the same level with some of the pitchers the Mets have faced and defeated this postseason. This postseason, Johnny Cueto has an ERA of 7.88, Yordano Ventura has an ERA of 5.09, Edinson Volquez has an ERA of 4.32 and Chris Young has the best ERA of all at 3.12.

The Mets lineup will look to exploit the Royals starting pitchers. Daniel Murphy is on a tear this postseason. He has a batting average of .421 with seven home runs and eleven runs batted in. Murphy is coming off a season where he hit a personal-best 14 home runs. He has set the postseason record by homering in six consecutive ball games, a record previously held by Carlos Beltran of the 2004 Astros. After that postseason Beltran, signed with the Mets.

Lucas Duda had been struggling the whole postseason, registering only two hits until the clinching game in Chicago. In game four, he broke out in a big way with a home run, two doubles and had five runs batted in. Travis d’Arnaud has homered three times this postseason, going back-to-back with Duda in game four against Chicago.

Curtis Granderson has been the table setter for the Mets all season long and he has continued in the postseason. He is getting on base and being aggressive. This postseason he has four stolen bases despite having only 11 the entire regular season.

The Mets won’t have home field advantage due to the fact that the National League lost the All-Star game in Cincinnati. In that game, DeGrom was the lone representative for the Mets, and he struck out the side on 10 pitches, nine of which were strikes.

The Mets have had plenty of success on the road in the playoffs so far, posting a record of 4-1. Their lone loss was game two of the NLDS to Greinke in Los Angeles.

With the pitching being the main factor for the Mets and an offense clicking the way it has been, I see the Mets capturing the 2015 World Series. Offense usually wins games in the regular season, but when you get to late October and into November, pitching is what wins you Championships. The Mets have all the pitching they need.

Coming off a sweep of the Chicago Cubs, shutting down their young bats of Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber, the Mets young arms have proved they can shut down any offense in the MLB.

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