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World Series Game 2 Recap: Royals 7, Mets 1

The Royals defeated the Mets by a score of 6-1, taking game 2 of the World Series to take a 2 games to none lead. Jacob deGrom was very strong over his first 3 innings, but worked in and out of trouble in the 4th before giving up 4 runs in the 5th. It was the first time since September 22nd that a Mets starter allowed more than 3 runs (Logan Verrett). Meanwhile, the Mets struggled mightily against Royals starter Johnny Cueto, who went the distance giving up only 2 soft hits to Lucas Duda, 3 walks, and a run while striking out 4.

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Both starters got off to a fast start, retiring the side in the 1st, before the Mets got a 1-out single by Lucas Duda, a soft grounder against the shift. Duda was quickly erased, however, on an inning-ending double play off the bat of Travis d’Arnaud. Jacob deGrom worked around a 1-out walk in the 3rd before the Mets put together a few baserunners in the 4th. Walks to Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy put runners on 1st and 2nd for Yoenis Cespedes, who grounded into what appeared to be an inning-ending double play. Eric Hosmer, however, came off the base at 1st, allowing Lucas Duda to dunk a bloop single into left to score the first run of the game. The Mets had a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the 4th, Jacob deGrom worked around a leadoff fielding error, a 1 out single, and a 2 out walk, but deGrom would not be so lucky in the 5th. A leadoff walk to Alex Gordon set the stage, and Alex Rios singled to put runners on 1st and 2nd with no one out. Alcides Escobar, after failing to get a bunt down, singled into center to score the tying run. Ben Zobrist then grounded out to 1st, putting the runners on 2nd and 3rd with only 1 out. DeGrom got Lorenzo Cain to line out to center, but Eric Hosmer singled in two to make it 3-1 Royals. Kendrys Morales and Mike Moustakas followed with singles to make it 4-1.

Hansel Robles and Jon Niese worked an effective 6th and 7th inning, respectively, while Johnny Cueto continued to retire the Mets in order. In the 8th inning, the wheels fell off for Niese, who allowed a single to Mike Moustakas and a double to Salvador Perez to lead off the inning. Alex Gordon followed with a double off of Wilmer Flores‘s glove, scoring only one run to make it 5-1. Addison Reed came in and allowed a long sacrifice fly to Paulo Orlando to make it 6-1. Alcides Escobar then tripled to make it 7-1. Sean Gilmartin came in to get the final two outs of the inning.

Johnny Cueto, with a 7-1 lead, came out for the 9th inning, and worked around a 2-out walk to Daniel Murphy to finish his complete game 2-hitter.


POSITIVES: Lucas Duda got a couple of hits, however cheap they may have been, and they proved to be the only two hits the Mets would have on the night. Hansel Robles worked a 1-2-3 6th (albeit with a couple of 400 foot fly balls) and Jon Niese worked a clean 7th, before imploding in the 8th. Sean Gilmartin got two quick outs once the damage was done.

NEGATIVES: Other than Duda, there were a lot of 0/3s and 0/4s in the box score, with Daniel Murphy 0/2 with a couple of walks. Jon Niese did not do well in the 8th after a strong 7th, and Addison Reed proved again how he should never ever enter the middle of an inning. Jacob deGrom was solid at first, but was unable to put away the Kansas City batters in the 5th.

Game 3 will be on Friday at Citi Field, with an 8:07 ET start time. Noah Syndergaard will face off against Yordano Ventura.


WPA Winners: Lucas Duda (.156)

WPA Losers:

  • Jacob deGrom (-.275)
  • Travis d’Arnaud (-.108)

Best Plays:

  • Lucas Duda hits an RBI single, Mets up 1-0, 4th inning (.143)
  • Lorenzo Cain flies out with runners on 2nd and 3rd and 1 out. Game tied 1-1, 5th inning, Jacob deGrom pitching (.106)
  • Salvador Perez grounds out with 2 outs and the bases loaded. Mets up 1-0, 4th inning, Jacob deGrom pitching (.100)

Worst Plays:

  • Eric Hosmer hits a 2-run single, Royals up 3-1, 5th inning (-.235)
  • Alcides Escobar hits an RBI single, game tied 1-1, 5th inning (-.142)
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World Series Game 2 Preview: deGrom vs. Cueto

The Mets face the Royals in game 2 of the World Series at 8:07 PM ET at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. The Royals currently hold a 1-0 series lead after their 5-4 victory in 14 innings last night. Jacob deGrom (2.54 ERA, 2.70 FIP, 0.98 WHIP, 191 IP over 30 starts) faces off against Johnny Cueto (3.44 ERA, 3.53 FIP, 1.13 WHIP, 212 IP over 32 starts between the Reds and Royals).

Lineups:

Mets:

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

Royals:cueto

  1. Alcides Escobar, SS (R)
  2. Ben Zobrist, 2B (S)
  3. Lorenzo Cain, CF (R)
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B (L)
  5. Kendrys Morales, DH (S)
  6. Mike Moustakas, 3B (L)
  7. Salvador Perez, C (R)
  8. Alex Gordon, LF (L)
  9. Alex Rios, RF (R)

Jacob deGrom has been fantastic across his 3 postseason starts, allowing only 4 runs over 20 innings with 15 hits and 5 walks (1 intentional) while striking out 27. Johnny Cueto has not been as strong for the Royals over his 3 postseason starts, having allowed 14 runs over 16 innings with 15 hits, 7 walks, and a hit batsman while striking out 15. Cueto’s worst start was his most recent against Toronto, in which he allowed 8 runs on 6 hits, 4 walks and a hit batsman wile striking out only 2 over 2+ innings of work. However, Cueto’s ALDS game 5 was an 8 inning effort in which he allowed only 2 hits and 2 runs while striking out 8 and walking none.

The Royals have never faced Jacob deGrom, but the Mets faced Johnny Cueto once in 2015 when he was a member of the Cincinnati Reds. Cueto held the Mets to 2 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks over 6 innings while striking out 6. Cueto, though, has had trouble since coming to the Royals, and carried a 4.76 ERA, 4.06 FIP, and 1.45 WHIP in 81 1/3 IP over 13 starts.

Juan Lagares gets the start over Kelly Johnson today, and why not, given his defensive prowess and strong showing off the bench in game 1. Another reason Lagares is starting may have to do with Johnny Cueto’s reverse platoon splits. For the 2015 season, righties have a .322 wOBA against him while lefties are at only .262. Michael Conforto serves as the designated hitter, while Yoenis Cespedes moves to left field.

World Series Game 1 Recap: Royals 5, Mets 4 (14)

The Mets fell to the Royals in game 1 of the World Series in 14 innings. The Mets had a 3-1 lead going into the 6th inning and a 4-3 lead after 7, but the Royals tied the game in the 9th when Alex Gordon homered off of Jeurys Familia. The bullpens held the score tied at 4 until the 14th, when a David Wright error and a single put runners on the corners with no one out. An intentional walk to Lorenzo Cain set up Eric Hosmer for a walk-off sacrifice fly to right.

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The Royals got off to the fast start in game 1, when Alcides Escobar hit Matt Harvey‘s first pitch fastball into the left-center field gap for an inside the park home run, after caroming off of Yoenis Cespedes‘s leg. The Royals had a 1-0 lead.

The Mets did not get their first hit or first run until the 4th inning. Daniel Murphy singled to lead off the inning, Lucas Duda singled with 1 out, and Travis d’Arnaud hit a sharp single to third baseman Mike Moustakas that he couldn’t handle to score the Mets’ first run of the game. The score was tied at 1.

In the 5th, Curtis Granderson homered with one out to make it 2-1 Mets. In the 6th, back-to-back singles by Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda set the stage for a sacrifice fly by Michael Conforto to give the Mets a 3-1 lead.

Matt Harvey was very solid through the first 5 innings, having allowed only 2 hits, a run, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. In the 6th, Harvey gave up a leadoff double to Ben Zobrist and a single to Lorenzo Cain to put runners at the corners with no one out. Eric Hosmer hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-2, and Lorenzo Cain stole 2nd to put the tying run in scoring position. Kendrys Morales grounded to Harvey, but Mike Moustakas lined a game-tying single to center. The game was tied at 3.

The Mets scored in the top of the 7th after a 2-out single by defensive sub Juan Lagares, a stolen base, and a fielding error by Eric Hosmer on a grounder by Wilmer Flores. The Mets took a 4-3 lead. Tyler Clippard allowed a leadoff double in the 8th to Zobrist, but struck out Cain and Hosmer before walking Morales and being lifted for Jeurys Familia. Familia got Mike Moustakas to ground out to end the threat, but with 1 out in the 9th, Familia allowed a game-tying solo home run to Alex Gordon.

From there on, the bullpens battled and put up matching zeroes until the 14th. For the Mets, Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon pitched 2 scoreless innings apiece, with Colon working into and out of trouble. For the Royals, the Mets were held in check by single innings from Wade Davis and Ryan Madson, before Chris Young pitched 3 scoreless.

In the 14th, Colon allowed a leadoff baserunner on a grounder by Alcides Escobar, in which David Wright’s throw pulled Lucas Duda off the base (though on a second viewing, it looks like Escobar had the ball beat anyway). A single by Ben Zobrist put runners on the corners with no one out, forcing Colon to walk Lorenzo Cain to load the bases, putting a force at every base. Eric Hosmer hit a fly ball to right field, and Escobar tagged to score from 3rd to give the Royals the 5-4 walk-off victory.


POSITIVES: Juan Lagares had quite a game off the bench, and was 2/3 with a steal and a run scored. Lagares fought off multiple tough pitches from Kelvin Herrera in the 7th before getting on base and eventually scoring the go-ahead run. Harvey was solid through 6, but not dominant. Addison Reed and Jon Niese were especially strong out of the bullpen, and Tyler Clippard got two huge outs after allowing a leadoff double. Bartolo Colon was solid, but eventually the Royals were able to bunch up a couple of baserunners with no one out.

NEGATIVES: Michael Cuddyer was 0/3 with 3 strikeouts as a replacement for Kelly Johnson as DH. Wilmer Flores was 0/4 with a walk, but that doesn’t consider a couple of hard-hit balls and that the ball he hit in the 7th to score Lagares probably should have been ruled a hit instead of an error on Eric Hosmer. Flores also made a couple of very strong defensive plays. David Wright was 2/7, but did not come up big in key situations, and had a couple of throwing issues. Jeurys Familia blew his first save since July 30th, allowing a solo home run in 1 1/3 innings of work.

Game 2 is tomorrow at 8:07, with Jacob deGrom facing Johnny Cueto.


WPA Winner:

  • Jon Niese (.252)
  • Wilmer Flores (.181)

WPA Losers:

  • David Wright (-.218)
  • Yoenis Cespedes (-.200)
  • Jeurys Familia (-.181)
  • Michael Cuddyer (-.148)
  • Matt Harvey (-.123)
  • Bartolo Colon (-.121)

Best Plays:

  • Wilmer Flores reaches on a fielding error by Eric Hosmer, Juan Lagares scored. Mets up 4-3, 7th inning (.264)
  • Curtis Granderson hits a solo home run, Mets up 2-1, 5th inning (.159)
  • Jarrod Dyson flies out with the bases loaded and 2 outs, game tied 4-4, 12th inning, Bartolo Colon pitching (.153)
  • Mike Moustakas grounds out with 2 outs and runners on the corners, Mets up 4-3, 8th inning, Jeurys Familia pitching (.137)
  • Lorenzo Cain strikes out with a runner on 2nd and no outs, Mets up 4-3, 8th inning, Tyler Clippard pitching (.117)
  • Paulo Orlando grounds out with a runner on 2nd and 2 outs, game tied 4-4, 13th inning, Bartolo Colon pitching (.102)

Worst Plays:

  • Alex Gordon hits a solo home run, game tied at 4, 9th inning (-.472)
  • Ben Zobrist singles, Alcides Escobar advances to 3rd base, no one out, game tied at 4, 14th inning (-.264)
  • Mike Moustakas hits an RBI single, game tied 3-3, 6th inning (-.185)
  • Ben Zobrist doubles with no one out, Mets up 4-3, 8th inning (-.177)
  • Lorenzo Cain singles, Ben Zobrist advances to 3rd base, no one out, Mets up 3-1, 6th inning (-.115)
  • David Wright strikes out with runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs, game tied 4-4, 11th inning, Ryan Madson pitching (-.108)
  • Alcides Escobar hits an inside-the-park solo home run, Royals up 1-0, 1st inning (-.107)

World Series Game 1 Preview: Harvey vs. Volquez

The Mets face the Kansas City Royals in game 1 of the World Series. Tonight’s game is at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri and starts at 8:07 PM ET. Matt Harvey (2.71 ERA, 3.05 FIP, 1.02 WHIP, 189 1/3 IP over 29 starts) gets the game 1 assignment against Edinson Volquez (3.55 ERA, 3.82 FIP, 1.31 WHIP, 200 1/3 IP over 33 starts and 1 relief appearance). The Mets and Royals have never faced each other in the World Series, and in fact, it is the first time in major league history that two expansion teams have met in the World Series.

In his two postseason starts, Matt Harvey has allowed 5 runs over 12 2/3 innings (4 earned), 11 hits, and 4 walks (1 intentional) while striking out 16 and hitting a batter. Harvey was particularly impressive in his most recent start, game 1 of the NLCS against the Cubs during which he allowed only 2 runs in 7 2/3 innings. Volquez, in 3 postseason starts in 2015, has allowed 8 runs in 16 2/3 innings, 10 hits, 12 walks (1 intentional) while striking out 15. Volquez’s best start was in game 1 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays, in which he pitched 6 shutout innings, while only allowing 2 hits and 5 walks while striking out 4.

The Mets have not played the Royals since 2013, and among the 50 active players on the two rosters, only one has played for both teams: Royals starting pitcher Chris Young. The Mets have not played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City since 2004.

Lineups:

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  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. Kelly Johnson, DH (L)

Royals:

  1. Alcides Escobar, SS (R)
  2. Ben Zobrist, 2B (S)
  3. Lorenzo Cain, CF (R)
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B (L)
  5. Kendrys Morales, DH (S)
  6. Mike Moustakas, 3B (L)
  7. Salvador Perez, C (R)
  8. Alex Gordon, LF (L)
  9. Alex Rios, RF (R)

Mets Bench:

Michael Cuddyer, OF/1B (R), Juan Uribe**, 3B/2B (R), Juan Lagares, CF (R), Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF (L), Kevin Plawecki, C (R)

**Juan Uribe rejoins the Mets after missing the Division Series and the Championship Series with a chest injury. He replaces Matt Reynolds on the roster. Uribe is the only player on the Mets to have won a World Series before, and he has done so twice: as a member of the 2005 White Sox and a member of the 2010 Giants.

Mets Pitchers (projected starters denoted with asterisk):

Jeurys Familia (R), Tyler Clippard (R), Addison Reed (R), Hansel Robles (R), Jon Niese (L), Bartolo Colon (R), Sean Gilmartin (L), Jacob deGrom* (R), Noah Syndergaard* (R) Steven Matz* (L)

Royals Bench:

Paulo Orlando, OF (R), Christian Colon, IF (R), Jarrod Dyson, OF (L), Raul Mondesi**, SS/2B (S), Drew Butera, C (R)

**Mondesi replaces pinch-running specialist Terrance Gore. Mondesi, should he appear in a game, would become the first player in history to make his major league debut in the World Series.

Royals Pitchers (projected starters denoted with asterisk):

Wade Davis (R), Kelvin Herrera (R), Ryan Madson (R), Luke Hochevar (R), Kris Medlen (R), Danny Duffy (L), Franklin Morales (L), Johnny Cueto* (R), Yordano Ventura* (R), Chris Young* (R)

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