Well, it doesn't appear we will be having nearly the drama we witnessed in the divisional round. With Tuesday's results, the Royals and Mets lead their respective Championship Series 3-1 and 3-0 over the Blue Jays and Cubs. With Kansas City's unending ability to generate runs and the arms that the Mets employ, these series look all but over.
Outside of a Johnny Cueto blow up, the Kansas City Royals have been downright terrifying. They are a threat to score at any point in their lineup and generate runs in every way imaginable. When their starting pitchers bridge to that bullpen, it is over. When you have an opposing team pitching a position player in the ALCS, you are doing something right.
Meanwhile, the Mets have done it with pitching and timely hitting. The young arms of Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard have been better than advertised and Jeurys Familia appears unhittable. Oh yeah, and they have Daniel Murphy, who apparently has become the greatest baseball player ever to pick up a bat.
Here is a list of things that Daniel Murphy is hotter than:
- The Human Torch
- Mount Vesuvius
- Blake Lively or Ryan Gosling (depending on your preference)
- And basically every baseball player who has ever played in the MLB playoffs
So, your 2015 World Series is (probably) the Kansas City Royals versus the New York Mets. Just like we all drew it up. The matchup should be an intriguing contrast of pitching against hitting and will have a team winning their first championship in 30 years. Oh yeah, and if either of these teams collapse and lose, please don't tweet me about how I wrote this blog with such conviction. I will still be recovering from Saturday.
Pros and cons of six possible pitching targets for Tigers - The Detroit News, Chris McCosky
General manager Al Avila will assemble his front office and coaching staff Monday to begin hammering out the Tigers' offseason strategy. Here are 6 pretty uninspiring options.
Tigers have a long way to go to match AL's best - Lynn Henning, The Detroit News
Some thoughts from Lynn as the World Series semifinals continue at Rogers Centre in Toronto and Chicago's Wrigley Field.
Mets' Daniel Murphy celebrated in New York for postseason homers - The Cauldron - Alex Goot
Daniel Murphy always has been talked about more than his talent level deserves. His 2015 playoffs home run surge is the latest reason why.
Defending John Hirschbeck, Somewhat - FanGraphs Baseball, Dave Cameron
A look at the Troy Tulowitzki ejection and the pitches that led to it.
Were Johnny Cueto’s Results Johnny Cueto’s Fault? - FanGraphs Baseball, Matthew Kory
I'm gonna go with yes, but read Matthew's take.
The 4 underappreciated players left in the 2015 MLB postseason - SBNation.com, Grant Brisbee
You know who they are, but everyone's still talking about Murphy this and Bautista that.
A look at J.D. Martinez, other Detroit Tigers eligible for arbitration - MLive.com
The Tigers face interesting decisions when it comes to relief pitchers Neftali Feliz and Al Alburquerque.