NLCS Game 2 Recap: Mets 4, Cubs 1

The Mets defeated the Cubs by a score of 4-1 in game 2 of the National League Championship Series to take a 2-0 series lead. Noah Syndergaard was extremely strong, allowing only 1 run through 5 2/3 innings allowing only 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 9. The Mets only had 5 hits on the night, but 3 of the 5 came in the first 3 batters of the game on a Curtis Granderson single, a David Wright RBI double, and a Daniel Murphy 2-run home run, his 5th home run of the postseason and his 4th consecutive game with a home run.

After the Mets jumped Jake Arrieta for 3 runs in the first 3 batters, Arrieta settled down to allow only 1 more run over 5 innings pitched. Curtis Granderson manufactured a run in the 3rd after a leadoff walk, steals of 2nd and 3rd, and an RBI infield single by Yoenis Cespedes. Jon Niese, Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard, and Jeurys Familia combined for the final 10 outs of the 4-1 win.


After Noah Syndergaard worked around a 2-out single in the 1st inning, the Mets jumped on Jake Arrieta quickly, with a line-drive single by Curtis Granderson, a long RBI double by David Wright, and a 2-run home run by Daniel Murphy, hooked just inside the right field foul pole. The Mets took a 3-0 lead before Arrieta recorded an out.

Arrieta retired his next 3, and Syndergaard and Arrieta each had a perfect 2nd inning, punctuated by a fantastic play by Curtis Granderson that may have robbed Chris Coghlan of a home run.

In the 3rd, after Syndergaard worked around a 2-out walk, the Mets led off with a walk by Granderson. On a David Wright strikeout, Granderson stole 2nd, prompting the Cubs to intentionally walk Daniel Murphy. While Yoenis Cespedes was batting, Granderson stole 3rd, and then scored on an infield single to shortstop by Cespedes. Arrieta worked around further trouble, and both Arrieta and Syndergaard were perfect through the 4th and 5th.

In the 6th, Arrieta left for pinch hitter Tommy La Stella, who flied out to lead off the inning. After a Dexter Fowler single and a wild pitch, Kyle Schwarber struck out before Kris Bryant lined a double to left to give the Cubs their first run of the game. The Mets’ lead was cut to 4-1. However, Jon Niese was brought in to face Anthony Rizzo, and struck him out to end the inning.

Addison Reed pitched a perfect 7th and Tyler Clippard worked around a 2-out single in the 8th before Jeurys Familia worked around a 1-out infield single in the 9th to end the game.

POSITIVES: Daniel Murphy continues his torrid postseason, and was 2/3 with a 2-run home run and a walk. David Wright got a big 1st inning hit, lining an RBI double over Dexter Fowler’s head. Curtis Granderson was the sparkplug of the night, and was 1/3 with 2 runs scored, a walk, and 2 stolen bases. Noah Syndergaard was brilliant through 5 2/3 innings, allowing only 3 hits, 1 walk, and 1 run while striking out 9. Jon Niese retired a key batter in the 6th, before Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard, and Jeurys Familia successfully closed out the win without allowing any more runs.

NEGATIVES: Travis d’Arnud, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, and Wilmer Flores were each 0/3 on the night, with all but d’Arnaud striking out twice (d’Arnaud struck out once).

On Tuesday at 8:07 in Chicago, Jacob deGrom faces Kyle Hendricks in game 3.

WPA Winners:

  • Noah Syndergaard (.134 pitching, -.006 batting, .128 total)
  • Daniel Murphy (.126)
  • David Wright (.117)
  • Bullpen (.114; .035 by Reed, .031 by Clippard, .024 by Familia, .023 by Niese)

WPA Losers: None under -.100

Best Plays:

  • David Wright hits an RBI double, Mets up 1-0, 1st inning (.134)
  • Daniel Murphy hit a 2-run home run, Mets up 3-0, 1st inning (.121)

Worst Plays: None under -.100

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