Players in the Postseason: #WinorGoHome #ItsBlackandWhite (Oct. 27)
Updated: Oct. 27
This player is married to his high school sweetheart with whom he has had five kids. The devoted dad even got a tattoo of a mustache on the inside of his finger so that he could put a "mustache" on his children's faces for laughs. In his free time he enjoys watching hockey, and his favorite baseball movie is "The Sandlot." Who is he?
The Pitching Matchup
Edinson Volquez has been with six organizations in his 11-year career and four in the past three seasons. But he couldn't find himself in a better place at a better time than on the mound at Kaufmann Stadium at 8:07 p.m. ET (FOX) Tuesday as the starting pitcher for the Royals in Game 1 of the 2015 World Series.
"I don't have to do anything different than what I've been doing," the 32-year-old right-hander said. "I've got to stay focused in what you're doing, especially this game, because this is a World Series game. You don't have too many chances to make a lot of mistakes in those games. So I've got to stay under control and pitch your game."
After a year off due to Tommy John surgery and throwing 202 innings -- so far -- in his first season back, Matt Harvey concedes he probably doesn't have the "effective velocity" he had a couple of seasons ago. But he's become more comfortable with his secondary pitches this season, and the contact-hitting Royals have done pretty well against hard throwers, anyway.
"I think the biggest thing that I've learned, especially this year, is pitching and mixing different pitches and different locations, whereas before I've gotten away with just blowing it out, throwing 97-98 (miles per hour)," Harvey said during Monday's media day at Kauffman Stadium.
The Designated Hitter
For at least two and as many as four World Series games, the Mets as the NL team will need to include a designated hitter in their lineup. Manager Terry Collins told reporters he plans to make the decision game-by-game but that Kelly Johnson would be the DH for Game 1.
"We'll worry about (Game 2) when it comes," he said.
Johnson has had just six at-bats off the bench so far in the postseason, but he has four hits in 14 lifetime at-bats against Royals starter Edinson Volquez.
"I'm hoping it's similar to Opening Day or the first day of the postseason. Get a couple innings in, a few pitches in and hopefully some of the jitters work themselves out," Johnson said. "I'm fired up. I'm really happy and excited about it. Being in the National League, being a guy coming off the bench, the opportunities are limited. To be able to be announced as a starter is exciting."
The Soggy Field
The remains of powerful Hurricane Patricia were expected to come through Kansas City from the west today, leaving about half an inch of rain in the form of light scattered showers throughout the day before beginning to dissipate around World Series Game 1 start time.
The National Weather Service was projecting this morning that the chance of rain is at 60 percent at 6 p.m. local time, falling to 36 percent by 7 p.m.
The rookie on the Royals roster
Nobody has ever made his Major League debut in a World Series, but that could change this year with the Royals' late roster addition of Raul A. Mondesi. .
Baseball America's No. 28 prospect and the son of the former big league star, Mondesi is a slick-fielding, switch-hitting middle infielder who batted .243 with six homers and 33 RBIs while stealing 19 bases in 25 attempts over 81 games for Double-A Northwest Arkansas this season.
With second baseman Ben Zobrist's wife expecting to give birth imminently, the Royals decided on Mondesi, who turned 20 in July, to provide middle-infield depth. The Royals released reliever Joba Chamberlain to make room for him.
Interestingly, although his dad played 1,535 games over 16 seasons in the Major Leagues, hit 271 home runs, was NL Rookie of the Year in 1994, won a couple Gold Glove awards and made the NL All-Star team in 1995, he never played in the World Series.
In case you're wondering, Raul's older brother Raul is Raul Mondesi Jr.
The veteran on the Mets roster
The Mets added experience to their World Series roster, opting to include veteran Juan Uribe , who has been hampered since suffering some cartilage damage in the chest while diving for a ball in mid-September.
Uribe, 36, won World Series rings with the White Sox (2005) and Giants (2010) and is considered a good fastball hitter who could be a valuable late-inning pinch hitter.
Uribe, who hit 14 homers in 360 at-bats this season, was acquired from the Braves along with Kelly Johnson in a July 24 trade.
The Trivia Answer
Ryan Madson, Kansas City Royals
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