New York Mets

With Games 1, 2, 6, and 7 to take place in an American League ballpark, who should New York Mets’ manager Terry Collins use at DH?  

By Bryan Pol

In light of Kansas City’s thrilling 4-3 victory in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night, the Royals will host Game 1 of World Series, squaring off with the National League champion New York Mets, who swept the Chicago Cubs four games to none in the National League Championship Series.

Should the series go seven games, a rather strong possibility, four of those contests will potentially be played at Kauffman Stadium, an American League ballpark, which forces manager Terry Collins, in his first ever World Series as the majors’ current oldest skipper, to consider whom he will feature as his designated hitter.

Right-handed options may not factor much, as Royals’ manager Ned Yost used an all-righty rotation in the ALCS, with Edinson Volquez, Yordano Ventura, Johnny Cueto, and longman Chris Young, used frequently in the ALDS out of the bullpen, all notching a start.

Regardless, infielder and late July acquisition Juan Uribe, out with a chest contusion he suffered in the Subway Series, not having played since September 25 against the Cincinnati Reds, is attempting to work his way back onto the New York Mets’ roster, and becomes a dangerous right-handed bat with legitimate World Series experience, having won two World Series, with the Chicago White Sox and San Francisco Giants in 2005 and 2010 respectively.

Should he make the roster, could Collins use him off the bench or perhaps even utilize him at DH?

Here are some possibilities available to Terry Collins in what aims to be a tremendous World Series, with both teams not having won a Fall Classic in quite some time:  30 years for Kansas City and 29 years for the Mets respectively.

I am an English teacher, music and film aficionado, husband, father of two delightful boys, writer, sports fanatic, former Long Islander, and follower of Christ. Based on my Long Island upbringing, I was groomed as a Yankees, Giants, Rangers, and Knicks fan, and picked up Duke basketball, Notre Dame football, and Tottenham Hotspur football fandom along the way.