The Detroit News’ World Series predictions
Chris McCosky, Lynn Henning, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski predict the outcome of the World Series.
■ Chris McCosky: Second time will be the charm for the Royals. They are the more complete and battle-tested team. Also, the Royals are the best fastball-hitting team in baseball, should match up well against the Mets’ hard-throwing rotation. Royals in 5
■ Lynn Henning: No team in history may have brought into a World Series pitching as overpowering as the Mets are featuring in October. It’s a fine Royals team they’re playing, a solid American League nominee. But the Mets are shutting down hitters with such nasty stuff it’s difficult to think the Royals can win. Mets in 6
■ John Niyo: The young Mets arms can bring the heat. But the Royals seem to thrive on that. And after last year’s near miss, it’s Kansas City’s time. Defense and baserunning make the difference in a long series. Royals in 7
■ Bob Wojnowski: The Mets have the superior starting pitching — Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard — and the hottest hitter in the history of playoff baseball, Daniel Murphy. Oh, and their offense was transformed by Yoenis Cespedes. The Royals have that filthy bullpen, but it won’t matter when the Mets are leading every game 4-1 in the seventh inning. Mets in 5