BBQ or bagels? A tasty World Series set, Royals meet Mets

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Yoenis Cespedes launching long drives, Lorenzo Cain dashing to catch them. Noah Syndergaard zinging 100 mph heat, Alcides Escobar trying to catch up.

The pitching-rich New York Mets, boosted by Daniel Murphy's power surge. The plucky Kansas City Royals, constantly pressuring opponents and aiming to atone for last year's near-miss.

A tasty World Series, served up with some BBQ and bagels. A dead even one, too, beginning Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

"I opened it as a pick," Johnny Avello, head oddsmaker at the Wynn Las Vegas, said Saturday. "I don't remember doing that before in the World Series."

"The Mets, they have that pitching staff that's been unbelievable in the postseason and they can set up their rotation," he said. "The Royals have the home field and all that experience. They were glad to make it there last time, and now they're looking for the W."

The Royals locked in the matchup Friday night, beating Toronto 4-3 in Game 6 of AL Championship Series. They scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning when Cain sprinted home from first base on a single.

"They seem relentless," Murphy observed Saturday during a workout. "They never stop coming. What a great characteristic to have as a ballclub."

The Mets were waiting to see who they'd play, having swept the Cubs on Wednesday night in the NLCS.

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Edwin 'Cowbell Man' Boison (L) and Karl 'Sign Man' Ehrhardt stand outside Citi Field prior to game one of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series between Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets on October 17, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
Nick Giampietro, also known as Pin Man, takes a photo of CitiField while wandering outside the stadium before the start of baseball's Game 3 of the National League Division Series between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) New York Mets fans cheer after game two of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field on October 18, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Cubs 4-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Toronto Blue Jay fans celebrates during the third inning in Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 20: A Toronto Blue Jays fan holds up a J before the game against the Kansas City Royals during game four of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 20, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 17: A Kansas City Royals fan waves a towel during game two of the American League Championship Series between the Kansas City Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays at Kauffman Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 20: A Kansas City Royals fan before the game agianst the Toronto Blue Jays during game four of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 20, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 21: Laurie Fors of Orillia shows off her original Blue Jays 1992 World Series t-shirt before the Toronto Blue Jays played the Kansas City Royals in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series in MLB action at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Toronto Star/Todd Korol (Todd Korol/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: Chicago Cubs fans dressed as 'Star Wars's' Boba Fett and 'Back to the Future's' Marty McFly pose outside the stadium prior to game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Bundled up fans sit outside of Citi Field prior to game one of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series between Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets on October 17, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 20: A fan waits outside the stadium before the game between the Kansas City Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays during game four of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 20, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON- OCTOBER 19: Fans were happy as the Jays pulled out ahead. The Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals play game three of the MLB American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre in Toronto. October 19, 2015. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 17: A Kansas City Royals fan holds antlers during game two of the American League Championship Series between the Kansas City Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays at Kauffman Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
Fans arrive for Game 4 of the NLCS as the Chicago Cubs play host to the New York Mets on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 21: Bradey Emond (L-R), Josh Reason and Hilary Tufts show off their 1992 Blue Jays World Series banner before the Toronto Blue Jays played the Kansas City Royals in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series in MLB action at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Toronto Star/Todd Korol (Todd Korol/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
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"Really good team. Really good pitching over there," Escobar, MVP of the ALCS, said about the New Yorkers.

Already, the clubs have made history - this is the first World Series between franchises born in the expansion-era 1960s.

Maybe more on deck.

Can Murphy, never a major home run threat with the Mets, extend his record by connecting in a seventh straight postseason game? How will Kendrys Morales, Escobar and KC's contact hitters fare against Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and the fresh New York aces? When will closers Jeurys Familia and Wade Davis ever give up a run?

Plus, the first World Series action at Citi Field when the scene shifts for Game 3. Then Game 4 on Halloween night, followed by Game 5 in November on the day of the New York City Marathon.

Plenty of stars on both sides - David Wright and Curtis Granderson for New York; Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez for Kansas City - who fans can follow into the future.

In fact, consider this a preview for the 2016 season. Yep, opening day in the majors next April 4 is Mets at Royals.

This much is certain: One team wearing blue is about to end a long drought.

The Royals, who lost to San Francisco in Game 7 at home last October, haven't won the crown since George Brett and Bret Saberhagen starred in 1985. The Mets' most recent title came in 1986, led by Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden.

Over the years, the Royals and Mets did share some things. David Cone, Carlos Beltran and Saberhagen are among the guys who played for both teams.

The teams have met only nine times since interleague play began in 1997, with the Royals holding a 5-4 edge. The Mets haven't even visited Kansas City since 2004.

But not much to link this current crop of Mets and Royals to each other. Other than a pair of clubs playing real sharp ball these days.

Manager Ned Yost's Royals are known for speed, defense and their bullpen. Cain and the other fleet outfielders seem to catch everything, and young ace Yordano Ventura has made his mark with every hard fastball.

Kansas City also has loads of World Series experience and added veteran Ben Zobrist and Johnny Cueto for the pennant push.

Mets manager Terry Collins is in his first World Series, as are nearly all his players. Few of them had been in the postseason until this year.

No matter, they did just fine in the deciding Game 5 of the Division Series vs. major league ERA leader Zack Greinke at Dodger Stadium. Didn't hurt them against the big-hitting Cubs, either - the Mets never trailed for a single inning in that series.

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Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Edinson Volquez throws against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning in Game 1 of baseball's American League Championship Series, Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez watches his home run during the fourth inning in Game 1 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez, left, rounds the base after hitting a home run as Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada looks away during the fourth inning in Game 1 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Luke Hochevar, left, and catcher Salvador Perez celebrate their 5-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 1 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher David Price throws against the Kansas City Royals during the second inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez, right, makes a one-handed grab of a foul ball as home plate umpire Laz Diaz rules it a dead ball during the sixth inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson slides into home plate to score on an RBI single by Edwin Encarnacion during the sixth inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 17: Ben Zobrist #18 of the Kansas City Royals hits a single in the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays during game two of the American League Championship Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Chris Colabello, left, picks off Kansas City Royals' Lorenzo Cain at first base during the eighth inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher David Price, front right, reacts after being taken out during the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista reacts after striking out against the Kansas City Royals to end the top of the seventh inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera, left,and third baseman Mike Moustakas celebrates after the end of the top of the eighth inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
TORONTO, CANADA - OCTOBER 19: Marcus Stroman #6 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws the first pitch of Game 3 of the ALCS against the Kansas City Royals at the Rogers Centre on Monday, October 19, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jon Blacker/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 19: Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates after hitting a three-run home run in the third inning against the Kansas City Royals during game three of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 19, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 19: Ben Revere #7 of the Toronto Blue Jays is safe at first base in the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals during game three of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 19, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Kansas City Royals right fielder Alex Rios catches a fly ball hit by Toronto Blue Jays' Justin Smoak during the eighth inning in Game 3 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Toronto Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar, left, scores past Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez on a hit by Ryan Goins during the second inning in Game 3 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Roberto Osuna and catcher Russell Martin celebrates their 11-8 win against the Kansas City Royals in Game 3 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey throws against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning in Game 4 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Kansas City Royals' Lorenzo Cain scores past Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey on a passed ball during the first inning in Game 4 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Kansas City Royals' Ben Zobrist watches his two run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning in Game 4 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista hits a single against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning in Game 4 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar reacts to a two run single by Kansas City Royals' Lorenzo Cain during the eighth inning in Game 4 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Members of the Kansas City Royals celebrate their 14-2 win against the Toronto Blue Jays during Game 4 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Edinson Volquez throws against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning in Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Tim Donnelly)
Toronto Blue Jays' Chris Colabello rounds the bases after a home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Edinson Volquez during the second inning in Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain get get a glove on a RBI double by Toronto Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar during the eighth inning in Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada celebrates after their 7-1 win against the Kansas City Royals in Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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New York Mets' Jeurys Familia and catcher Travis d'Arnaud celebrate after Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Chicago. The Mets won 8-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets celebrates with manager Terry Collins #10 after hitting a two run home run in the eighth inning against Pedro Strop #46 of the Chicago Cubs during game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
The New York Mets celebrate after Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Chicago. The Mets won 8-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
New York Mets' Jeurys Familia celebrates after Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Chicago. The Mets won 8-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets celebrates with his teammates after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 8 to 3 to sweep Championship Series. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: David Wright #5 of the New York Mets celebrates with his teammates after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 8 to 3 to sweep the Championship Series. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets celebrates after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 8 to 3 to sweep the Championship Series. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
The New York Mets celebrate after Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Chicago. The Mets won 8-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
The New York Mets celebrate after Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Chicago. The Mets won 8-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: The New York Mets dugout rushes the field to celebrate with his team after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 8 to 3 to sweep the Championship Series. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: Jeurys Familia #27, Kelly Johnson #55 and Travis d'Arnaud #7 of the New York Mets celebrate after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 8 to 3 to sweep the Championship Series. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: Daniel Murphy #28 and Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets celebrates with his teammates after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 8 to 3 to sweep the Championship Series. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: The New York Mets celebrate after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 8 to 3 to sweep the Championship Series. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: New York Mets fans celebrate after defeating the Chicago Cubs in Game 4 of the NLCS at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: The New York Mets celebrate after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 8 to 3 to sweep the Championship Series. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs and his teammates wave to the crowd after being defeated by the New York Mets in game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 8 to 3 to sweep the Championship Series. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: The National League Championship Series MVP Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets speaks to the media during a press conference after Game 4 of the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mets defeated the Cubs 8-3 to advance to the World Series. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: New York Mets fans cheer after game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 8 to 3 to sweep the Championship Series. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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