NY Mets (3-0) at Chicago Cubs (0-3)
When: Wednesday, October 21st, 2015
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: TBS
The New York Mets moved within one win of their first World Series appearance since 2000, beating the Chicago Cubs 5-2 Tuesday in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. Daniel Murphy did it again, homering in his 5th consecutive game, tying him for the Major League record shared by Carlos Beltran with the Astros in 2004. The Mets now have a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, and they would clinch their fifth NL pennant with a win Wednesday night at Wrigley Field. New York received another strong pitching performance, this one from right-hander Jacob deGrom, who got better as the game progressed. The Mets also got timely hitting and caught a sixth-inning break as they pushed the Cubs to the brink of elimination. Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes stole third and scored with two outs in the sixth inning on what should have been an inning-ending third strike to left fielder Michael Conforto from Cahill. The ball skipped past catcher Miguel Montero for a wild pitch as Cespedes sprinted home and Conforto reached base.
Steven Matz, who will look to help the Mets close things out, lost to the Dodgers in the NL Division Series as he gave up 3 runs and 6 hits in 5 innings. That marked the 24-year-old’s first defeat in seven major-league outings. Matz’s previous outing was on September 24th in Cincinnati where he gave up 10 hits and 3 runs in 5.2 innings of work. The rookie had a 2.45 ERA in four road starts this season. Jason Hammel could be the Cubs last hope and is coming off a rough outing in the Division Series against St. Louis as he gave up 2 runs, 3 hits and 3 walks before being pulled after just three innings. Hammel wasn’t very effective at home this year posting a 4.06 ERA in 15 starts. He allowed only 1 run in 8 innings earlier this year in a home start against the Mets.
It certainly appears that the Mets are on their way to the World Series. Whether it will be tonight or Thursday or even back in New York, I have to take the Mets the rest of the way.