It’s difficult to imagine that any team, playoffs or otherwise could come out swinging (and throwing) as the New York Mets have in these first two games of the 2015 NLCS and be so completely dominating.
The Mets won the first match of a possible seven game set versus the Chicago Cubs behind the awe inspiring performance of Matt Harvey. As they sent their ace to the mound in game one the Cubs expected the same results for themselves as they sent their Cy Young candidate hurler Jake Arrieta to the bump this evening. But this just wasn’t to be so.
Just like game one of this series (4-2), the closeness of Game two’s score (4-1) does not truly embody the shellacking that Chicago’s Northsiders bore witness to in the cool Autumn breeze of Flushing Meadows, NY on this night. Noah Syndergaard didn’t have the chance to log a quality start but his work on the bump was quality enough. He only had 2/3 more innings worked than his counterpart Arrieta this evening, not to mention only one more strike out tallied. But this was more than enough as the Cubs starter gave up four runs in five innings, including a two-run bomb to Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy, who is touting a .320/.320/.840 slash line in the 2015 post season.
The Cubs have shown little signs of life and have found themselves in the hole quickly in both of the first two games who struggling to put runners into scoring position. Team stalwarts that have been depended on for timely and heavy hitting during the regular season aren’t showing any production in this post season, such as Kris Bryant (.185/.241/.407) and Anthony Rizzo (.167/.259/.417.)
It’s difficult to say if the baseball gods will be kind as the teams head to Chicago for the next few games, but one thing is for certain: You can say whatever you want about history and curses, but give credit where credit is due. No one expected this from the Mets and they’re taking full advantage of the Nationals’ regular season fall from grace. Not to mention that they’re now two games away from their first World Series appearance since the Bobby Valentine Mets of 2000.
Game three is on Tuesday at 8:07pm ET pitting the Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks vs Jacob deGrom of the Mets. Out-of-town fans traveling to the game can use Hipmunk.com for a flight to Chicago for any of the next three games at Wrigley Field. To match, find the perfect fit for a Chicago hotel on Hipmunk starting from less than $100 per night to take in one or even multiple games remaining in the series.