Fall Classic Crystal Ball: Royals Rangers Reincarnated

Fall Classic Crystal Ball: Royals Rangers Reincarnated

By Marc NettlesThe Kansas City Royals did it again. Lorenzo Cain showed his jets to score from first and decide his team’s fate. The next and most important question is, what is that fate? I plan to answer this question in detail for you through simple precognition, as press time is the weekend before the World Series begins. And it starts with four names and numbers.Matt Harvey, Jacob DeGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz. That’s their fate. In that order. 2.84, 1.80, 2.77 and 3.72. That’s their postseason ERAs. In that order. As insurmountable as a DeGrominant group with the Dark Knight and Thor might seem, if any team can get on-base against this group of superhero arms, I think it could be these Royals. They put ducks on the pond and move them from station to station however they can manage to do so. They hit the occasional long ball. They steal bases and hit well situationally. But the New York Metropolitans hit well too, better than the Royals pitch. {{more}}Deadline acquisition Yoenis Cespedes will recover from his shoulder issue and continue to rake, as will Captain America, David Wright. Newly-minted GOAT Daniel Murphy will come back to earth, at least in the power department, because he has to eventually. There will be, however, someone else to take his place. See Lucas Duda and playoff veteran, Curtis Granderson, and maybe even a big knock from rookie Michael Conforto. Royal’s deadline snag and ace, Johnny Cueto, will be lucky to turn in a quality start against such potency. Former Texas Rangers property, Edinson Volquez, will not build off his recent ALCS outing. Yordano Ventura is likely to be the only starter to have any sort of success, and that assumption is based purely on his incredible upside and a hunch. Too bad these teams never met this season, so I have nothing to support these claims. Nevertheless, the advantage between starting pitching and offense clearly goes to the Mets.It seems equally as clear the defensive edge belongs to the Royals, with potential Gold Glovers at three positions – not to mention Alcides Escobar and his outstanding leather work during the ALCS, helping him earn MVP honors. But they will have to save an awful lot of runs defensively to keep the score close enough to be decided by the bullpens. I don’t think they will. They simply cannot keep enough of them from dropping to keep pace with these able-swinging Mets.All of this sounds eerily familiar to the Texas Rangers of 2010-11. Back-to-back pennants. Scrappy, blue-collar ballplayers. Good coaching. Guys that put ducks on the pond and moved them from station to station however they could manage to do so. They hit the occasional long ball. They stole bases and hit well situationally. They had a deadline snag and ace in 2010, Cliff Lee, who failed to turn in a quality start when it mattered. They were outdone by dominant pitching staffs and powerful lumber.The Royals are not the Rangers. They’re much better. Their fate, however, will be just as unfortunate. I foresee the Mets taking the Series in five. Take heed. I know because I’ve seen this movie before. Or maybe it’s just simple precognition.