Mets vs. Royals: World Series Game 5 Preview And Prediction

The Kansas City Royals are one game away from capturing their first World Series title since 1985, thanks to a comeback win over the New York Mets in Game 4. It's do-or-die for the Mets, as another loss will be the end of their season. So will the Mets force a Game 6? Or will the Royals take home the World Series title? Here's our preview and prediction. 

Where To Watch: 

FOX, first pitch slated for 8:15 p.m. ET

Starting Lineups: 

Kansas City Royals

SS Alcides Escobar
2B Ben Zobrist
CF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
3B Mike Moustakas
C Salvador Perez
LF Alex Gordon
RF Alex Rios
SP Edinson Volquez

New York Mets

Curtis Granderson, RF
David Wright, 3B
Daniel Murphy, 2B
Yoenis Cespedes, CF
Lucas Duda, 1B
Travis d'Arnaud, C
Michael Conforto, LF
Wilmer Flores, SS
Matt Harvey, RHP

Key To The Game:

The starting pitching is crucial to this game. Matt Harvey is on the mound for the Mets and he has pitched well this postseason. He picked up wins against the Dodgers and Cubs, while getting a no-decision against the Royals in Game 1. He's 2-0 this postseason with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. All the pressure is on Harvey, as he has to pitch well to keep the Mets alive in the series. The Royals start Edinson Volquez, who has a chance to give KC a World Series title days after losing his father. Volquez has been spotty this postseason, losing two games. However, he pitched well against the Mets in Game 1 and threw a gem against the Blue Jays earlier this postseason. Volquez is 1-2 with a 4.37 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP in the postseason. If Volquez can give his bullpen a lead, the Royals are in great shape to capture the World Series title. 

What They Are Saying About The Royals:

10,962 Days Since Royals Last Won World Series

Royals Have Method To Their Madness

Volquez, With Tragedy Lingering, Will Start Game 5

What They Are Saying About The Mets: 

Collins, Not Murphy, Was Mets' Game 4 Goat

Win Or Lose Mets And Fans Have No Reason To Hang Heads

Mets Young Pitching Trio Can Become Legends With Comeback

Prediction: Royals Win 4-2

Both Harvey and Volquez pitch well, but it's Volquez who pitches a gem. In what makes for a wonderful story, Volquez goes seven innings, allowing just two runs. It's an emotional game for Volquez, who is still mourning the loss of his father. The Royals' bullpen shuts down the Mets and Kansas City celebrates its first World Series title since 1985. 

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