What to look for: Mets vs. Cubs, NLCS Game 4 at 8:07 PM ET
The Mets will look for a series sweep over the Cubs in the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field in Chicago at 8:07 PM ET, as they look for their first National League pennant in 15 years.
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
Steven Matz – LHP
Steven Matz (0-1, 5.40 ERA in the postseason) will start for the Mets.
Jason Hammel (0-0, 6.00 ERA in the postseason) will start for the Cubs.
Here is what I’m looking for from the Mets tonight…
Another clincher for the Long Island native.
Despite six career starts at the major league level in the regular season, Mets rookie Steven Matz is used to the spotlight.
After pitching and winning the clincher for Double-A Binghamton last season in the minors and taking the loss in Game Four of the NLDS against the Dodgers one week ago, Matz will have yet another opportunity to come up big for this franchise.
This will be just the eighth start for Matz at the major league level, but he represents this team’s x-factor for the remainder of the postseason.
As he faces this powerful Cubs lineup for the first time tonight, there will be just two left-handed hitters in the lineup: Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber. If Matz can neutralize these two sluggers from the left-handed side and fare well against the righties in this lineup, that should go a long way toward the Mets pennant hopes.
Can he do it again?
To say that it’s been an incredible postseason thus far for Daniel Murphy would be an understatement.
The much-maligned Mets second baseman is on an absolute tear at the plate right now, as after last night he’s now homered in five consecutive playoff games, tying the all-time record set by Carlos Beltran in 2004 with the Astros.
What Murph has been able to do is absolutely astonishing. Each and every day, he makes his presence known whether it’s at the plate with his newfound power stroke, in the field with his diving plays or even on the base paths as he’s been smartly aggressive. It’s been amazing to watch.
At some point, Murphy is going to cool off solely for the fact that eventually he has to… Right? Hopefully that doesn’t start tonight.
Either way, I can’t wait to see what the future NLCS MVP can do next.
I’ve heard enough about ‘Back to the Future.’
I’ve heard enough about the parallels between the 2015 Cubs and the 2004 Red Sox.
The Mets, armed with their 3-0 lead in the National League Championship Series have the chance to win the pennant and head to the World Series for the first time in 15 years. The last time this team was in the Fall Classic, I hadn’t even turned 10 years old yet.
They have the chance to step on the throats of the Cubs, refuse to let them breath new life into their seasons and finish this thing off once and for all.
Tonight, this franchise has the chance to take one more leap toward their ultimate goal and writing their names in the history books.
Tonight, it’s the Mets time.