NLCS Game 4 Preview: Mets @ Cubs

The Mets can advance to the World Series tonight! The Mets took a commanding three games to none lead in the series last night. Murphy continued his tremendous post-season hitting another homer and the David Wright / Cespedes both had multiple hits. On the other side, deGrom labored in the first inning (well over 25 pitches) but managed to pitch 7 innings allowing only 2 runs and the Mets bullpen shut down the Cubs for the final two innings. The Mets also got through some oddness with a ball getting stuck in the ivy that in a stadium that had umpire discretion for ball’s getting stuck in the wall, would have led to a run, but whatever.

Steven Matz will try to clinch it for the Mets tonight. In the regular season he was 4-0 over 6 starts and 35.2 innings with 34 K’s. His line from his only post-season start doesn’t tell the whole story. He was pegged for 3 earned runs over 5.0 innings, but really he had only one poor inning, and the ball that allowed 2 runs to come in wasn’t that well struck. He has never faced the Cubs or anyone on the Cubs roster in a major league game.

The Mets bats look to attack Jason Hammel tonight who was 10-7 this season over 31 starts and a 3.74 ERA while pitching 170.2 innings with 172 K’s. He pitched in the Cubs clincher game against the Cardinals where he allowed 2 ER over 3.0 innings while walking 3 and striking out 2. He had one start against the Mets this year back in May and it was very good allowing 1 ER over 8.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Hammel:

  • K Johnson 9-30, 2B, 2 HR
  • Granderson 8-24, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Murphy 6-11, 2 2B
  • Wright 1-7
  • Cuddyer 1-7

Let’s Go Mets!

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