After completing a sweep of the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night in the National League Championship Series, the New York Mets have punched their ticket to the World Series. This will be the fifth time the Mets represent the NL in the Fall Classic and the first time since 2000.
At the start of the season, the Mets were given 30/1 odds to win the World Series, according to RJ Bell of pregame.com. When the playoffs began, odds improved to 7/1.
Things have shifted to the Mets as they await the winner of the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays. According to Sportsbook.ag, New York’s odds of capturing their first World Series since 1986 have improved to 5/6 as they await the winner of the ALCS. The Royals lead the Blue Jays 3-2 entering Game 6 in Kansas City on Friday.
Because the American League won the All-Star Game in July, the Mets will start the first two games of the World Series on the road.
The Mets have little experience against the Royals. New York and Kansas City last met in 2013, when the two teams played a series at Citi Field with the Royals winning two of three. The Mets haven’t paid a visit to Kauffman Stadium since 2004.
Terry Collins’ squad did play four interleague games against Toronto in June. Both teams held serve at home, as the Mets won the first two at Citi Field before the Blue Jays won the next two at Rogers Centre. Toronto scored 20 total runs in the four games while New York scored eight.