World Series Prediction: Our staff has Kansas City Royals as champions


There were many people who thought the Baltimore Orioles could be serious contenders to win the World Series this year. After last season’s run to the American League Championship Series and the return of Chris Davis, Matt Wieters and Manny Machado, they seemed to have all the pieces to get back to the postseason and make another run at it.

We all know how the Orioles season turned out. They were up-and-down most of the season and that was apparent in their 81-81 campaign. They enter the offseason with a ton of questions as a lot of the core players of this team are scheduled to be free agents. It remains to be seen how this team looks in 2016.

It’s the Kansas City Royals headed back with consecutive World Series appearances, led by manager Ned Yost, who will take on the New York Mets that feature a young, but very talented pitching staff.

The staff at The Baltimore Wire is generally on board with the Royals as the eventual champions. The one thing that all of us had in common is that everyone is hopeful for a six or seven-game series. It just makes baseball more fun to watch when Game 7 is on the line.

So without further ado, here are our predictions:

Randy Buchman
Royals win 4-2

As I sit to write out these couple of sentences, I am struck anew that I am writing about the New York Mets in the World Series! What? Really? I’ve still got a grudge inside me from when they beat the very, very powerful Baltimore Orioles in 1969. This was not that long after the Mets had begun in New York as among the worst teams ever. It was embarrassing for me — a 9th grader who was known by EVERYONE as New Jersey’s most avid Orioles fan — to bear the humiliation of getting trounced by the Mets!

So, I will not pick them to win this series, taking the Royals to prevail in six games. As in 69, it is scary to pick against the Mets pitching. But the Royals can throw some arms and defense at you as well. They can also run like crazy and make things happen (isn’t that right Jose Bautista?). And they look more like they’ve been there before … which, of course, yes, they have.

Even so, I remain far more likely to be interested in an Orioles “B” team spring training game in March than I am in this series.

Cole Moog
Royals win 4-3

The Royals bullpen and bats will overpower the Mets pitching and will lift them to their first World Series win in 30 years.

Brandon Suir
Mets win 4-3

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    Rocky Friedman
    Royals win 4-3

    I predicted Kansas City to win the world series before the post season began due to their clutch hitting and it has proven to come up big in the first two series’. I expect the timely hitting to continue even against a dominate New York Mets rotation as they grab they’re first title in 30 years.

    Kyle Andrews
    Mets win 4-3

    I’m going with the Mets because their pitching staff is well constructed. If they can get the ball to Familia in the 9th, they always have a chance to win.

    Brandon Austin
    Royals win 4-3

    The experience from last year will prove to be vital. They also win the pitching duel.

    Nate Wardle
    Royals win 4-3

    Hard to hit homers in KC which is NYs main form of scoring runs. Also, KC offense is patiently aggressive which will help them score on the Mets’ aces

    Joe Serpico
    Royals win 4-2

    Kansas City has been here before and have all the pieces you need to win a championship. They have the speed with Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain, the power from Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer and the bullpen to close the door, headlined by Wade Davis.

    The Mets pitching staff is fantastic and will be a threat for years to come, but Yoenis Cespedes is not playing at 100 percent and Daniel Murphy just simply cannot hit a home run every single game.

    Like most of my colleagues, I’m on board with the Royals. Besides, I could never root for a team from New York. It’s in my blood not to.

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