We're getting ready for Game 1 coming up on Tuesday night in Kansas City, Missouri. Let's take a look at the key parts of the series.
Kansas City Royals
How they got here:
The Royals controlled the best record in the American League for virtually the entire season, though they entered the postseason as slight underdogs to the Toronto Blue Jays as most peoples' pick to emerge from the AL. After dispatching the Houston Astros in the ALDS, they faced Toronto in the ALCS and took down the favorites in six games.
They have the deepest lineup in the majors, with no real glaring weakness among their nine top hitters. Pitching is solid, too, with Yordano Ventura and Edison Volquez forming the top half of a strong rotation (joined by Johnny Cueto and veteran Chris Young). They also have the only closer in the league who could battle the Mets' Jeurys Familia for the title of the league's best: Wade Davis is an absolute star.
Expected rotation: Manager Ned Yost has not yet revealed who will start Game 1, but I imagine the rotation will be Ventura, Volquez, Cueto, Young, Ventura, Volquez, and Cueto again for a potential Game 7.
New York Mets
How they got here:
The Mets were pretty big underdogs entering the playoffs, as their core team didn't really come together until the trade deadline. But everyone knew that if they could get into the playoffs, they would be a dangerous team to play given their outstanding rotation and clutch hitting.
They beat the Dodgers in a contentious, hard-fought 5-game series in the NLDS, then faced the favored Chicago Cubs in the Championship Series. The Mets outplayed the Cubs in every way for the entire series, and indeed never trailed throughout. They swept Chicago and moved onto the World Series behind the strength of a red-hot Daniel Murphy and some basically unhittable pitching performances from Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and closer Jeurys Familia.