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NLCS Game 4 Recap: Mets 8, Cubs 3, Mets advance to first World Seeries since 2000

The Mets defeated the Cubs by a score of 8-3, completing a 4 game sweep of the National League Division Series. The Mets jumped out to an early lead against Jason Hammel, when Lucas Duda hit a 2-out 3-run home run in the 1st inning. It was followed promptly by a solo home run by Travis d’Arnaud, giving the Mets an early 4-0 lead. They didn’t look back, adding a 2-run double by Duda in the 2nd and a 2-run home run by Daniel Murphy in the 8th, as the Mets cruised to an 8-3 victory. Steven Matz was solid over 4 2/3, allowing only 1 run on 4 hits with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Bartolo Colon, Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard, and Jeurys Familia combined to finish out the victory.

Daniel Murphy was named NLCS MVP after going 9 for 17 with a double, 4 home runs, and 6 RBI. Murphy has now homered in 6 consecutive postseason games, a new major league record, and he is only 1 shy from the major league record of 8 home runs in a single postseason.

Yoenis Cespedes left the game in the 2nd inning with left shoulder swelling. He is expected to be ready for the start of the World Series, next Tuesday.

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The Mets jumped out to an early lead on Jason Hammel. After a Curtis Granderson single, Hammel retired David Wright and Daniel Murphy before allowing a steal to Granderson and a walk to Cespedes. Lucas Duda then sent a 3-2 pitch over the center field wall for his first home run of the postseason. Travis d’Arnaud followed with a home run of his own, giving the Mets an early 4-0 lead. That was followed by a Michael Conforto hit-by-pitch and a Wilmer Flores single and stolen base before Steven Matz flew out to end the inning.

The Mets tacked on in the 2nd after a 1-out walk to David Wright chased Hammel early. Reliever Travis Wood allowed a single to Daniel Murphy and struck out Yoenis Cespedes before giving up a 2-run double to Lucas Duda to give the Mets a 6-0 lead.

Steven Matz was strong through the first three before running into trouble in the 4th inning. Matz gave up a leadoff double to Jorge Soler, a walk to Kris Bryant, and a single to Anthony Rizzo which loaded the bases with no one out. However, Matz was able to escape the jam allowing only one run, on a ground out by Kyle Schwarber. Matz struggled a bit more in the 5th, allowing a couple of 2-out singles before Bartolo Colon struck out Kris Bryant for the 3rd out.

In the 6th, Wilmer Flores led off with a triple past a diving Kyle Schwarber, but the Mets were unable to get him in, even though defensive replacement Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Curtis Granderson both hit balls sharply. Colon worked around a 2-out walk to Kyle Schwarber in the bottom of the inning before the Mets put together another threat in the 7th. Daniel Murphy led off with a double, before Juan Lagares bunted him over to 3rd. Lucas Duda walked and Travis d’Arnaud was hit by a pitch, but Kelly Johnson and Wilmer Flores were retired to end yet another threat.

Though the Mets were unable to convert on opportunities in the 6th and 7th, they were able to add on in the 8th after a perfect inning by Addison Reed. After a 2-out walk by David Wright, Daniel Murphy lined a 2-run home run to center field, his 6th consecutive game with a home run, a new postseason record. The Mets had a lead of 8-1.

Tyler Clippard ran into some trouble in the bottom of the 8th, giving up a leadoff double by Jorge Soler and a 2-run home run by Kris Bryant. He recovered to retire the next 3, sending the game to the 9th. After the Mets were unable to convert on a leadoff double by Duda in the 9th, Jeurys Familia closed it out in the bottom of the 9th, sealing the 2015 National League Pennant.


POSITIVES: 2015 NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS! Lucas Duda was 3/4 with two doubles, a home run, a walk, and 5 RBI. Daniel Murphy was 4/5 with a double, a home run, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI. Travis d’Arnaud was 1/4 with a solo home run, and Wilmer Flores was 2/4 with a triple and a walk. Steven Matz pitched 4 2/3 innings of 1 run ball, working out of a major jam in the 4th. Bartolo Colon, Addison Reed, and Jeurys Familia combined for 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

NEGATIVES: Tyler Clippard gave up a 2-run home run to Kris Bryant in his inning of work. Michael Conforto was 0/2 with a strikeout and a hit-by-pitch before he was removed for defense, but Conforto hit a liner in the 3rd that was snagged by Dexter Fowler in center. Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Juan Lagares were 0/2 with a strikeout each as defensive replacements.

Game 1 of the World Series will be Tuesday, October 27th in either Toronto or Kansas City, depending on the outcome of the ALCS (which the Royals currently lead 3-2).


WPA Winner: Lucas Duda (.348)

WPA Losers: None under -.100

Best Play: Lucas Duda hit a 3-run home run, Mets up 3-0, 1st inning (.272)

Worst Plays: None under -.100

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NLCS Game 4 Preview: Matz vs. Hammel

The Mets take on the Cubs in game 4 of the National League Championship Series tonight at 8:07 at Wrigley Field. Steven Matz (2.27 ERA, 3.61 FIP, 1.23 WHIP, 35 2/3 IP over 6 starts) takes on Jason Hammel (3.74 ERA, 3.68 FIP, 1.16 WHIP, 170 2/3 IP over 31 starts).

Lineups:

Mets:

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF (L)
  2. David Wright, 3B (R)
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, CF (R)
  5. Lucas Duda, 1B (L)
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, C (R)
  7. Michael Conforto, LF (L)
  8. Wilmer Flores, SS (R)
  9. Steven Matz, P (R)

Cubs:

  1. Dexter Fowler, CF (S)
  2. Jorge Soler, RF (R)
  3. Kris Bryant, 3B (R)
  4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B (L)
  5. Starlin Castro, 2B (R)
  6. Kyle Schwarber, LF (L)
  7. Javier Baez, SS (R)
  8. Jason Hammel, P (R)
  9. David Ross, C (R)

In his one postseason start, Steven Matz allowed 3 runs over 5 innings, with 6 hits, 2 walks (1 intentional) and 4 strikeouts. Hammel, in his one postseason start of 2015, allowed 2 runs over 3 innings, with 3 hits, 3 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Matz has not faced the Cubs, but Hammel did make one start against the Mets, a strong effort in which he allowed only 1 run on 5 hits and a walk over 8 innings, while striking out 6.

Matz, in a very small sample size, has performed better against righties than lefties, allowing a 2.8% walk rate to righties but a 17.5% walk rate to lefties. However, it is righties who have taken him deep, to the rate of 1.30 HR/9 (he has yet to allow a home run to a lefty).

The one major note about Hammel is his 2nd half troubles, compared with his first half success. Hammel had a 2.86 ERA in the first half, but a 5.10 ERA in the 2nd half. The main culprits have been his increased home run rate (0.95 HR/9 in the first half, 1.61 HR/9 in the 2nd half) and a slightly increased walk rate (4.4% first half, 7.3% 2nd half). Hammel also has reverse home run splits, having allowed a higher home run rate to righties than lefties (1.52 HR/9 vs. 0.83 HR/9).

As always, LET’S GO METS!

NLCS Game 3 Recap: Mets 5, Cubs 2

The Mets defeated the Cubs by a score of 5-2 in game 3 of the National League Championship Series to take a 3-0 series lead. Jacob deGrom was again not at his best, and had trouble locating early, but was able to go 7 innings, allowing only 2 runs (both on solo home runs), 4 hits, and 1 walk while striking out 7. The Mets were able to score early on a Yoenis Cespedes RBI double, and again in the 3rd on yet another Daniel Murphy Home Run, his 6th of the postseason and 5th in 5 consecutive games, tying Carlos Beltran‘s major league record for consecutive postseason games with a home run. They tacked on with a wild pitch in the 6th, a Cespedes RBI single in the 7th, and a run-scoring groundout by Lucas Duda in the 7th. DeGrom, on the other hand, allowed only solo home runs to Kyle Schwarber and Jorge Soler, before turning it over to Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia to close it out.

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The Mets got off to an early start against Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks, after Curtis Granderson reached on a fielding error by Javier Baez, on a grounder that skipped past the shortstop, drawn in to guard against the bunt as the rest of the infielders shifted against Granderson. Granderson was erased when trying to steal second, but David Wright singled to left before Yoenis Cespedes brought him in on a double to left-center. The Mets took an early 1-0 lead.

However, the Cubs came right back, when Kyle Schwarber drove an outside pitch over the left-center wall to tie the game at 1. DeGrom allowed singles to Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro, but retired Jorge Soler to escape more trouble in the 1st. In the 2nd, the Mets got two runners on after Travis d’Arnaud singled and Michael Conforto walked. Wilmer Flores hit a slow grounder to shortstop, but Javier Baez elected to force out the lead runner at 3rd. Jacob deGrom then hit a ball well up the middle, but it was fielded cleanly by Baez, and turned into a 6-4-3 inning-ending double play.

DeGrom retired the side in the 2nd, and Hendricks retired his first two Mets in the 3rd before Daniel Murphy took him deep to center for his 6th home run of the postseason and a home run in his 5th consecutive game. With that home run, Murphy holds the all-time Mets record for postseason home runs, he ties the major league record for home runs by a 2nd baseman, and he ties the record for consecutive postseason games with a home run. The Mets led 2-1.

However, the Cubs would once again get the run back, with an opposite-field solo home run by Jorge Soler in the bottom of the 4th. The game was tied at 2. That would be all Jacob deGrom would give up, as he went on to retire the next 11 in a row to end his night.

In the 6th, Yoenis Cespedes led off with a single before Lucas Duda tried to bunt against the shift. The bunt was fielded by catcher Miguel Montero and Duda was thrown out at first, but nonetheless got credit for a sacrifice bunt. Yoenis Cespedes stole 3rd easily, but unfortunately had to hold on Travis d’Arnaud’s groundout to 3rd. With two outs, Michael Conforto struck out swinging, but the ball bounced away to the backstop allowing Conforto to reach at 1st and Cespedes to score from 3rd. The Mets had a 3-2 lead. Wilmer Flores followed with a shallow liner to right field on which Jorge Soler attempted to make a diving catch. Soler missed, and the ball bounced all the way back to the ivy. However, the ball bounced up into the ivy, prompting center fielder Dexter Fowler to throw up his hands to signify the ball had disappeared in the ivy. As the Wrigley Field ground rules indicate, it was ruled a ground-rule double, forcing baserunner Michael Conforto to return to 3rd base (he would have easily scored if the ball stayed in play). Jacob deGrom flew out to left to end the threat.

The Mets tacked on in the 7th, and after Curtis Granderson struck out against reliever Travis Wood, David Wright doubled on a soft liner to left, and Daniel Murphy hit a soft grounder to 3rd for an infield single. Justin Grimm came on to pitch for the Cubs, and Yoenis Cespedes lined a ball off of Kyle Schwarber’s glove in left for an RBI single. Lucas Duda then hit a grounder to first baseman Anthony Rizzo to score another run. The Mets had a 5-2 lead.

After deGrom’s night ended after 7 innings pitched, the Mets closed out the win with Tyler Clippard (who worked around a 1-out double) and Jeurys Familia, who had a 1-2-3 9th.


POSITIVES: David Wright and Yoenis Cespedes each had 3 hits with a double. Wright was 3/4 with a walk and 2 runs scored, while Cespedes was 3/5 with 2 RBI and a run scored. Daniel Murphy was 2/5 with a home run, an RBI, and 2 runs scored. Lucas Duda had a line-drive single, a sacrifice bunt, and an RBI as he tries to break out of his slump. Jacob deGrom was extremely strong, while Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia pitched an effective inning each to close it out.

NEGATIVES: Curtis Granderson was 0/4 with a walk and a strikeout, and Michael Conforto was 0/3 with a walk and a strikeout.

Tomorrow at 8:07, Steven Matz faces Jason Hammel in game 4 at Wrigley Field.


WPA Winners:

  • Yoenis Cespedes (.468)
  • David Wright (.104)
  • Jacob deGrom (.135 pitching, -.179 batting, -.044 total)

WPA Losers: Travis d’Arnaud (-.106)

Best Plays:

  • Michael Conforto strikes out and reaches on a wild pitch, Yoenis Cespedes scores, Mets up 3-2, 6th inning (.150)
  • Daniel Murphy hits a solo home run, Mets up 2-1, 3rd inning (.132)
  • Yoenis Cespedes hits an RBI double, Mets up 1-0, 1st inning (.120)
  • Yoenis Cespedes singles to left, David Wright scores, Daniel Murphy to 3rd, Yoenis Cespedes to 2nd on the throw, Mets up 4-2, 7th inning (.104)

Worst Plays:

  • Jorge Soler hits a a solo home run, game tied 2-2, 4th inning (-.153)
  • Kyle Schwarber hits a solo home run, game tied 1-1, 1st inning (-.115)
  • Daniel Murphy grounds into a double play, game tied 2-2, 5th inning (-.115)

NLCS Game 3 Preview: deGrom vs. Hendricks

The Mets take on the Cubs in game 3 of the National League Championship Series tonight at 8:07 at Wrigley Field. Jacob deGrom (2.54 ERA, 2.70 FIP, 0.98 WHIP, 191 IP over 30 starts) takes on Kyle Hendricks (3.95 ERA, 3.36 FIP, 1.16 WHIP, 180 IP over 32 starts).

Lineups:

Mets:

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF (L)
  2. David Wright, 3B (R)
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, CF (R)
  5. Lucas Duda, 1B (L)
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, C (R)
  7. Michael Conforto, LF (L)
  8. Wilmer Flores, SS (R)
  9. Jacob deGrom, P (L)

Cubs:

  1. Dexter Fowler, CF (S)
  2. Kyle Schwarber, LF (L)
  3. Kris Bryant, 3B (R)
  4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B (L)
  5. Starlin Castro, 2B (R)
  6. Jorge Soler, RF (R)
  7. Miguel Montero, C (L)
  8. Kyle Hendricks, P (R)
  9. Javier Baez, SS (R)

In his two starts of the 2015 postseason, Jacob deGrom has allowed only 2 runs over 13 innings, allowing only 11 hits and 4 walks (1 intentional) while striking out 20. DeGrom battled through his last start, and after allowing 2 first inning runs, got out of trouble consistently en-route to the Mets winning game 5 of the NLDS 3-2. Hendricks, in his one start of the 2015 postseason, allowed 3 runs to the Cardinals over 4 2/3 innings. Hendricks allowed only 4 hits and walked none while striking out 7, but 3 of the 4 hits he allowed were solo home runs. He was removed in the 5th inning after surrendering back-to-back home runs to Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk.

Jacob deGrom faced the Cubs twice in the 2015 season, and it did not go particularly well. Over 10 1/3 innings, deGrom gave up 8 runs (7 earned) and 12 hits while walking 6 (1 intentional), hitting a batter, and striking out 7. DeGrom gave up 3 home runs over those two starts, one each to Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Jonathan Herrera (who is not on the postseason roster). Kyle Hendricks, on the other hand, faced the Mets only once in the 2015 season and shut them out over 6 innings, allowing only 3 hits and a walk while striking out 6.

As always, LET’S GO METS!

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.

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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

NLCS Game 2 Preview: Syndergaard vs. Arrieta

The Mets take on the Cubs in game 2 of the National League Championship Series tonight at 8:07 at Citi Field. Noah Syndergaard (3.24 ERA, 3.25 FIP, 1.05 WHIP, 150 IP over 24 starts) takes on Jake Arrieta (1.77 ERA, 2.35 FIP, 0.86 WHIP, 229 IP over 33 starts).

Lineups:

Mets:

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF (L)
  2. David Wright, 3B (R)
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, CF (R)
  5. Lucas Duda, 1B (L)
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, C (R)
  7. Michael Conforto, LF (L)
  8. Wilmer Flores, SS (R)
  9. Noah Syndergaard, P (L)

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  1. Dexter Fowler, CF (S)
  2. Kyle Schwarber, LF (L)
  3. Kris Bryant, 3B (R)
  4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B (L)
  5. Starlin Castro, 2B (R)
  6. Chris Coghlan, RF (L)
  7. Miguel Montero, C (L)
  8. Javier Baez, SS (R)
  9. Jake Arrieta, P (R)

In the 2015 postseason, Noah Syndergaard has pitched 7 1/3 innings across a start and a relief appearance while allowing 5 hits, 5 walks (1 intentional), and 3 runs while striking out 11. Arrieta, over his two starts and 14 2/3 innings, has allowed 10 hits, 2 walks and 4 runs while striking out 20. Arrieta pitched a complete game shutout with 11 strikeouts in the NL wild card game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but was hit around a little bit by the Cardinals in his last start, allowing 4 runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Noah Syndergaard faced the Cubs once this season, in his major league debut, allowing 3 runs over 5 1/3 innings, allowing 6 hits and 4 walks while striking out 6. Jake Arrieta faced the Mets twice in 2015, and allowed one run over 8 innings in both instances. Overall, across those 16 innings, Arrieta allowed only 8 hits, 2 walks, and 2 runs while striking out 17.

As always, LET’S GO METS!

NLCS Game 1 Recap: Mets 4, Cubs 2

The Mets defeated the Cubs by a score of 4-2 in game 1 of the National League Championship Series to take a 1-0 series lead. Matt Harvey was brilliant through 7 2/3 innings, allowing only 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks (1 intentional), and a hit batsman while striking out 9. Jeurys Familia worked around a 2-out walk in the 8th and a 2-out single in the 9th to secure the 4 out save. Jon Lester was solid for the Cubs, but allowed a 1st inning solo home run to Daniel Murphy, an RBI single to Curtis Granderson in the 5th, a solo home run to Travis d’Arnaud in the 6th, and a sacrifice fly to Granderson in the 7th.

Murphy, with his 4th postseason home run, has already tied the Mets record for home runs in a single postseason (Carlos Delgado in 2006, Mike Piazza in 2000, Rusty Staub in 1973).

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The Mets got off to a fast start, when Daniel Murphy hit his 4th home run of the postseason, a solo shot to right field. Lester settled down after that, keeping the Mets off the board again until the 5th, while Harvey retired the first 12 batters he faced, 6 via the strikeout.

In the 5th inning, Harvey hit Anthony Rizzo on an 0-2 pitch to give the Cubs their first baserunner, and Starlin Castro jumped on Harvey’s next pitch to send a double over Juan Lagares‘s head in center, scoring the Cubs’ first run of the game. The game was tied at 1. Harvey then got Jorge Soler to ground out, but Javier Baez singled on a ground ball to Yoenis Cespedes in left field. Cespedes, however, threw Castro out at the plate for the 2nd out of the inning. After Baez stole 2nd and advanced to 3rd on a Travis d’Arnaud throwing error, Harvey walked David Ross intentionally to face Jon Lester, who struck out to end the threat. It was 1-1 in the middle of the 5th.

However, in the bottom of the 5th, the Mets got the run right back. After Michael Cuddyer struck out, Wilmer Flores and Juan Lagares hit back-to-back singles, but Harvey bunted into a fielder’s choice at 3rd base, forcing out Flores. However, with two outs, Curtis Granderson singled on a soft liner to center, scoring Lagares and giving the Mets a 2-1 lead.

After a 1-2-3 6th by Harvey, the Mets added another run on a long solo home run by Travis d’Arnaud that landed in the home run apple in center field, and the Mets had a 3-1 lead. Harvey then worked around a leadoff walk and a 1-out single in the 7th. In the bottom of the 7th, Juan Lagares led off with a single before Harvey bunted him to 2nd. Lagares stole 3rd base (defense-first catcher David Ross had been pinch-hit for and removed from the game) and scored on a shallow Granderson sacrifice fly to left. The Mets had a 4-1 lead.

Harvey pitched into the 8th, but after getting the first two outs, gave up a 459 foot home run to Kyle Schwarber, ending his night. Jeurys Familia took over, and after losing Kris Bryant to a walk, got Anthony Rizzo to ground out to shortstop to end the inning. In the 9th, Familia worked around a 2-out single by Miguel Montero to end the 4-2 win. Fittingly, the final play of the game was on a diving stop by Daniel Murphy to get Tommy La Stella at 1st.


POSITIVES: Today was a fantastic and well-needed outing by Matt Harvey. Harvey was dominant early and worked around some trouble late, and overall, finished with a game score of 70 in his 7 2/3 innings. Jeurys Familia did not have his best command, but worked around a little bit of trouble in the 8th and 9th to secure his 3rd save of the postseason. Daniel Murphy continues his torrid postseason with yet another home run against an all-star pitcher (his 3rd against a lefty this postseason, compared to 1 against a lefty during the regular season). Curtis Granderson came through twice when needed, with a soft liner RBI single in the 5th and a sacrifice fly in the 7th. Travis d’Arnaud was 2/4 with a home run, and Juan Lagares was 2/3 with 2 runs scored.

NEGATIVES: David Wright looks a bit lost at the plate, and was 0/3 with a walk. Yoenis Cespedes was 0/4 with 2 strikeouts, but saved a run with his outfield assist in the 5th. Other than that, everyone in the starting lineup had at least one hit, except for Harvey.

Noah Syndergaard opposes Jake Arrieta at 8:07 tomorrow in game 2.


WPA Winners:

  • Matt Harvey (.219 pitching, -.072 batting, .147 total)
  • Curtis Granderson (.160)
  • Travis d’Arnaud (.120)

WPA Losers: None under -.100

Best Plays:

  • Curtis Granderson hits an RBI single, Mets up 2-1, 5th inning (.171)
  • Daniel Murphy hits a solo home run, Mets up 1-0, 1st inning (.122)
  • Travis d’Arnaud hits a solo home run, Mets up 3-1, 6th inning (.120)

Worst Play: Starlin Castro hits an RBI double, game tied 1-1, 5th inning (-.200)