DOUBLE TAKE: Mets or Royals: Who will celebrate?

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Matt Algarin and Andrew Metz

Matt’s Take:

The 2015 MLB World Series should be one for the ages.

No matter who wins, a long-suffering fan base is going to party like it’s 1985 and 1986, which is the last time the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets have claimed a World Series championship.

Coming off of back-to-back American League Pennants and World Series appearances, the Royals look like the team to beat. But don’t count out the Mets, who haven’t played a World Series game since 2000.

With a starting rotation featuring young studs, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard, the Mets clearly have the pitching advantage.

As I contemplate the series, which will already be one game in by the time this column goes to print, I definitely think it’s going to be close. There is no way this series doesn’t go six or seven games.

So which way does the scale tip? I’m leaning toward experience.

I’m not sure if it’s the New York City air getting to him, but Andrew has put his money on the Mets.

And he may be right, but I doubt it.

Like I said, the Mets certainly have the pitching advantage, but deep down inside I just don’t see New York hoisting the trophy.

There are probably plenty of statistics that would support my pick, but sometimes a gut feeling is sufficient. Either way, a long-suffering fan base will celebrate.

I’ll take the Royals in six.

Andrew’s Take:

I’m a good sport.

I wouldn’t blame any Chicago Cubs fan for taking a break from baseball. Then again, we’re used to disappointment. In fact, it’s all we know.

As far as coping with the end of the season goes, I went a different direction, to Cooperstown, NY.

That’s right, my baseball team lost and I went to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

I watched almost every game in 2015. I even had a little calendar in my office to track wins and losses. It was a fun year to follow the Cubbies, and I’m going to miss it.

Sure, “There will always be next year,” but there will only be one 2015 Chicago Cubs.

Getting swept in the National League Championship Series, at the hands of the New York Mets, was hard. Especially as a New York resident who wears a Cubs hat almost every day. It was especially hard to sit in Citi Field, as the Cubs’ best chance for a victory was blown out into Long Island Sound.

You can’t stop me from enjoying October baseball, though, unless the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Yankees are my only choices. Thankfully, we’ve got the better options from those states, the Mets and the Kansas City Royals.

The Royals’ back-to-back American League Championships cannot be ignored. Especially since last year’s World Series went to Game 7. That kind of so-recent experience is going to be invaluable.

Also, the Cubs proved that success in one series could lead to failure in the next. The Mets could go from “sweepers” to “sweepees.”

For me, it comes down to pitching. The Mets are going to have top-tier pitcher taking the mound in every game. The Royals can’t keep up with that kind of consistency.

Aside from their slaughtering of the Cubs, the Mets still have my favor. Mets in six. I would say five, but they spell “Mets” wrong.