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Podcast: World Series Preview

Plus, recapping the 2015 season for the Chicago White Sox outfielders.

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Who is going home with the Commissioner's Trophy?
Who is going home with the Commissioner's Trophy?
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Episode 75 previews the 2015 World Series between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals. For the Royals, another return trip the Fall Classic after losing in seven games to the San Francisco Giants in 2014. Last time they won it all was back in 1985, and for the Mets they last won it all back in 1986. Which means for some of the listeners, this will be the first time in your lifetime witnessing either team winning a championship.

Here is the this episode's rundown:

  • What is the biggest factor in helping determine who will win the World Series? Most likely, it'll be the Mets starting pitching against the Royals hitting. Kansas City does not strike out as often as the Chicago Cubs, so it will be interesting to see if their contact skills impact the Mets starters. Also, the Royals have scored 63 runs this postseason in 11 games. 38 of those runs (60%) have been in the 6th inning or later. Which is right around the third time through the lineup for Mets starting pitching, which batters had an .767 OPS against during the regular season.
  • The field for Chicago's next Bench Coach is narrowed down to Raul Ibanez, Manny Acta, Rick Renteria, and the internal option in Joe McEwing. Appears the race will be between Ibanez and Acta for the gig, and Jim explains why both could be good...and why both are not perfect choices either.
  • Patrick Nolan joins the show to help recap the 2015 season for Chicago White Sox outfielders. Discuss how Adam Eaton evolved this season, Melky Cabrera's future in left field, and what to make of right field.
  • Finally, we get to your questions in P.O. Sox. Great gems this week as fans ask if the White Sox should trade Chris Sale and net a return like the Kansas City Royals did with Zach Greinke. Along with this great one from Tim Davis on Facebook:
  • #POSox who are your favorite Cult Sox players of all time? Cult players are those players who aren't the Stars if the team and lukewarm fans won't probably remember and don't understand their value. Guys who flew under the radar. For example, my three would be Craig Grebeck, Norberto Martin, and Pablo Ozuna.

Love to hear who are your favorite White Sox cult heroes in the comments below.

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