3rd month in a row I take a look at game on the baseball diamond. This time it’s a rivalry clash as the St. Louis Cardinals play at the Chicago Cubs.
2015 NLCS Game 3 – New York Mets @ Chicago Cubs – Mets lead 2-0
Overview: The New York Mets took a 2-0 lead in their best of 7 NLCS series with a 4-1 victory at home on Sunday evening. Starter Noah Syndergaard got the win as he pitched 5.2 innings while allowing 1 earned run on 3 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 9 batters. He threw 100 pitches in the game. In 3 appearances (2 starts) this postsason he is 1-1 with a 2.77 era and 20 strikeouts in 13 innings pitched. In the series 2nd baseman Daniel Murphy is 3 for 7 with 2 home runs and 3 runs batted in. He has scored 2 runs. He walked once and struck out twice. Catcher Travis d’Arnaud is 2 for 7 with 1 home run and 1 runs batted in. He has scored 1 run. He has struck out twice. Right-fielder Curtis Granderson is 2 for 6 with 2 runs batted in. He has scored 2 runs. He has been walked 1 time. Center-fielder Juan Lagares is 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored. Shortstop Wilmer Flores is 1 for 6. He has struck out twice. 3rd baseman David Wright is 1 for 7 with 1 run batted in. He has hit 1 double in the series. He has walked once and struck out 3 times. Center-fielder/Left-fielder Yoenis Cespedes is 1 for 8 with 1 run batted in. He has struck out twice. Starter Matt Harvey was credited with the game 1 win as he pitched 7.2 innings while allowing 2 earned runs on 4 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 9 batters. Closer Jeurys Familia has 2 saves in the series as he hasn’t allowed an earned run on 2 hits. He has walked 1 and struck out 1. Relievers Tyler Clippard, Jon Niese, and Addison Reed all have made one appearance in the series and have combined to not allow an earned run on a combined 1 hit. The Mets have scored a total of 8 runs in the series. They have a total of 13 hits in the series. Chicago Cubs’ starter Jake Arrieta was pegged with the game 2 loss as he pitched 5 innings while allowing 4 earned runs on 4 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 8 batters. He threw 94 pitches in the game. In 3 starts this postseason he is 2-1 with a 3.66 era and 28 strikeouts in 19.2 innings pitched. In the series 3rd Kris Bryant is 2 for 7 with 1 run batted in. He has 1 double in the series. He has walked once and struck out 1 time. Center-fielder Dexter Fowler is 2 for 7 with 1 run scored. He has walked once and struck out once. 1st baseman Anthony Rizzo is 1 for 6 with 1 run scored. He has walked once and struck out twice. Left-fielder Kyle Schwarber is 1 for 8 with 1 home run and 1 run batted in. He has scored 1 run. He has struck out 4 times. 2nd baseman/shortstop Starlin Castro is 1 for 8 with 1 run batted in. He has 1 double in the series. Shortstop Javier Baez is 1 for 5. He has struck out 3 times. Catcher Miguel Montero is 1 for 4. He has struck out twice. Starter Jon Lester was tabbed with the game 1 loss as he pitched 6.2 innings while allowing 4 earned runs on 8 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 5 batters. Relievers Trevor Cahill, Justin Grimm, Clayton Richard, Pedro Strop, and Travis Wood have combined to not allow an earned run on a combined 1 hit. They have combined to throw 4.1 innings. The Cubs have scored a total of 3 runs in the series. They have a total 10 hits in the series.
Tonight’s starters are right-handed Jacob deGrom (2-0 in 2 starts this postseason with a 1.38 era) for the Mets and right-handed Kyle Hendricks (A no-decision in 1 start this postseason with a 5.79 era) for the Cubs.
Tonight is the 10th meeting (regular season and postseason combined) this season between the Cubs and Mets. The Cubs lead the series 7-2. New York is 2-1 on the road this postseason. Chicago is 2-0 at home this postseason.
Prediction: The Cubs’ offense needs to come alive if they want to get back in this series. The Mets’ starting pitching has been very impressive in the postseason and even more so in the first 2 games of this series. Wrigley Field will be rocking and give the Cubs a boost. Play: Cubs -170 (Bet365)
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