What to look for: Mets vs. Cubs, NLCS Game 3, 8:07 PM ET
The Mets will look to take a commanding 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven National League Championship Series against the Cubs on Tuesday night at 8:07 PM ET at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
Here is tonight’s starting lineup for New York:
Curtis Granderson – RF
David Wright – 3B
Daniel Murphy – 2B
Yoenis Cespedes – CF
Lucas Duda – 1B
Travis d’Arnaud – C
Michael Conforto – LF
Wilmer Flores – SS
Jacob deGrom – RHP
Jacob deGrom (2-0, 1.38 ERA in the postseason) will start for the Mets.
Kyle Hendricks (0-0,, 5.79 ERA in the postseason) will start for the Cubs.
Here is what I’m looking for from the Mets tonight…
It’s going to be much warmer in Chicago than it was in New York over the weekend, but the wind apparently will be blowing out of Wrigley Field as well.
That means, for deGrom, he must keep the ball down in the zone and induce a bevy of ground balls to keep Chicago off the board in this one.
For the Mets, that means they could have an opportunity to break loose from the slump most of the hitters find themselves in, including Lucas Duda who has a home run off of Kendricks in his career.
Get that monkey off your back.
The Mets haven’t won at Wrigley Field in more than two years. Obviously, if they’re going to win this series, they need to improve upon that and break the ice this week in the playoffs.
They have the matchup they want on paper between deGrom and Kendricks from a pitching perspective, and if the winds are blowing out, that should play into the Mets favor from a home run perspective as well.
Of course, that’s all on paper. And Wrigley Field, with it’s hungry and excited fan base, should serve the Cubs well as their 26th man.
But if the Mets can overcome the challenge at Wrigley Field, they would be on the brink of yet another celebration.
What does Daniel Murphy have in store in Chicago?
Aside from all of the heroics from Murphy in the playoffs, he’s also a phenomenal hitter at Wrigley Field. In 18 games in the friendly confines, Murphy has produced a 1.037 OPS with a 3.69 average, four home runs and nine RBI. That along with the conditions at the ballpark tonight could only grow Murphy’s postseason legend with the Mets.
Of course, he can’t do it all every night. Someone else besides Murphy and Curtis Granderson need to start getting it done.
Then again, maybe not.