Two teams seeking to end their World Series droughts meet on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium when the Kansas City Royals host the New York Mets in Game 1 of the best-of-seven 2015 World Series.
The Royals are returning to the Fall Classic for the second straight year but haven’t won a title since 1985. For the Mets, their last championship came the very next year in 1986. New York’s last trip to the World Series was in 2000.
Veteran right hander Edinson Volquez takes the mound for the Royals. In three postseason starts, Volquez has allowed eight earned runs in 16 2/3 innings, allowing 10 hits and walking 12. He’s 1-2 in the playoffs but pitched well in his only home start, holding the Blue Jays to just two hits and no runs over six innings in the opening game of the American League Championship Series. Volquez made 34 starts in the regular season, posting a 13-9 record and 3.55 earned-run average.
For the Mets, Matt Harvey makes his first playoff start on the road. Harvey posted a regular-season record of 13-8 with a 2.71 earned run average in 29 starts. The 26-year-old has won both of his postseason starts, posting a 2.84 ERA with 16 strikeouts against just one walk in 12 2/3 innings.
Mets manager Terry Collins named Kelly Johnson as the designated hitter.
The Royals own the edge against the Mets in batting average, on-base percentage, and sluggling percentage in the postseason. But the Mets enter the World Series with the best ERA in the postseason.
First Pitch: 8:07 p.m.
TV Channel: FOX
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go