It was a pivotal game for the Chicago Cubs in a series that already looked to be slipping away. They needed the win, but the New York Mets had other plans on this unseasonably warm evening in the Windy City.
The Cubs haven’t mustered much of an offense since putting away the St. Louis Cardinals in the Divisional Series. Hits have been few and far between and runs even more scarce than that. The Cubs have 18 hits so far in the three games versus the Mets to a tune of six per game. This isn’t terrible by any means as long as a ballclub can put them together in the right spots. Unfortunately in this area the Cubs have faltered, leading to their average or 1.33 runs per game (four total so far in this best of seven.)
Kyle Hendricks did what I expected him to do and more than that, what his team needed him to do. I know that four innings pitched while giving up two runs in that stint isn’t amazing by any means, but I was hoping for five and three. I would have been pretty happy with five and three. He only gave up two though, and I’m okay with this. Hendricks didn’t have a bad go of his first Major League postseason start, but it’s exactly that. He’s young and inexperienced. He had a modest season but is still pretty new to the club. Last season he was tossing for the Cubs in Triple-A Iowa.
Hendricks’ counterpart, 27-year-old Jacob deGrom, had a fantastic quality start while bringing his 2015 postseason record to 3-0 and his ERA to a dominating 1.80. He’s averaged more than a strikeout per inning prior to postseason play and it’s continuing into the playoffs.
Yoenis Cespedes put up three hits tonight and drove in three runs while the luck of the Irish continued its work for Dan Murphy, who also happened to set the Mets’ post season record with five homeruns. David Wright has also really stepped up his game in this couple of series especially with his glove. The lone bright sport for the Cubs was a homerun by Kyle Schwarber in the first inning, but everything kind of fizzled out after that.
Game five is tomorrow night at 8:07 EST. It’s do or die for the Cubs as the Mets are looking to play the spoiler and reach the World Series for the first time in 15 years.